Walking

Walking trail

Kinder moorland walk - a glimpse into the future

Walking trail

Along the route you will discover how this landscape will be changing over the next 50 years as a result of the National Trust’s Vision and Plan for the High Peak moors. If you're walking in winter, do check the weather forecast, wear plenty of layered clothing and make sure someone knows when you are expected to finish. Stay safe walking in winter.

Frosty view across to Kinder Scout, High Peak,  Derbyshire

Map

Map route for Kinder Moorland walk

Start:

Edale, grid ref: SK124856

1

Set foot from Edale station and head up through the village, passing the Moorland Centre on your right.

2

Turn left on to the Pennine Way opposite the Nag's Head pub.

3

Follow the Pennine Way to Upper Booth Farm, which has won awards for its habitat restoration.

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Short eared owl sat on grass mound

4

As you walk along the River Noe, you pass some ancient clough woodland on your left. Over the next few years we will be extending this woodland by planting trees up the clough, all the way to Jacob's Ladder. You will see more alder along the stream sides and further up the hillsides oak and mountain ash will be planted and possibly some local bay leaf willow. If you return in the spring you should be able to see and hear more birds such as woodpeckers, ring ouzels and willow warblers.

Rowan berries at Brimham Rocks

5

Climb Jacob's Ladder. We aim to restore more native trees in this clough by planting and protecting young trees and seedlings from grazing animals. This old packhorse track crossed the moors and was a trade route for lead, coal, salt and wool from medieval times until the railway was built in 1894.

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Gully blocking on the High Peak moors

6

Come off the Pennine Way, taking a path to your right and skirt eastwards around Kinder Plateau. On the left around the giant anvil shaped rock called Noe Stool, you will see the areas of eroded bare peat now beginning to recover as a result of gully blocking work higher up on the plateau, which has reduced the peat erosion into the gullies. Once the peat in the gullies is stable and wet, cotton grass, mosses and other moorland plants will grow.

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7

The weathered gritstone rocks or tors along the Kinder Edges create an 'other wordly' atmosphere as you make your way past first the Pagoda and then the cluster of rocks called the Wool Packs. Continue past Crowden Tower then follow the footpath past an area of bare peat which is now recovering from recent wildfires, and go down into Grindsbrook.

Kinder woolpacks icy winter

8

You will be treated to sweeping views of the Vale of Edale as you descend from the plateau. Notice the patterns of historic dry-stone walls and field boundaries. Follow the Grindsbrook footpath back to Edale village where you can drop into the Penny Pot café, just next to the train station, open Fridays to Sundays over the winter months.

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End:

Edale, grid ref: SK124856

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Kinder moorland walk - a glimpse into the future

Terrain

Paths are generally good but rugged on this circular route. Some challenging steep ascents and descents. Good fitness level and hill-walking clothing are essential.

Kinder moorland walk - a glimpse into the future

Contact us

Kinder moorland walk - a glimpse into the future

How to get here

Address
Edale, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire
By train

Edale station is 330yd (300m) from start of walk

By road

Edale village is off the A6187 from Hathersage in the Hope Valley

Kinder moorland walk - a glimpse into the future

Facilities and access

  • Our Penny Pot café is in Edale but there are no facilities en route.