Kinder moorland walk - a glimpse into the future
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.
Edale, grid ref: SK124856
Set foot from Edale station and head up through the village, passing the Moorland Centre on your right.
Turn left on to the Pennine Way opposite the Nag's Head pub.
Follow the Pennine Way to Upper Booth Farm, which has won awards for its habitat restoration.
Look and listen out for ground nesting birds which feed and breed on Kinder Scout. Restoration work on the peat bogs has improved the habitat for craneflies and other insects that ground nesting birds such as curlew and golden plover chicks feed on. Birds of prey like merlin and short-eared owls hunt over the heather and red grouse can be seen taking to the air noisily when disturbed.
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. You should be able to see and hear more birds such as woodpeckers, ring ouzels and willow warblers.
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.
Part of our vision for the High Peak moors is to make Kinder Scout and other areas of blanket bog in our care a healthier habitat for wildlife, by blocking eroded gullies to build up the peat soil and then planting a mix of vegetation into it. This route takes you around the bog on surfaced paths. You can see the results of restoration work where areas that were bare, brown peat only 5 years ago are now covered in a variety of moorland plants and pools of water. This vast expanse of living bog is also storing carbon in the peat soil and public drinking water supplies will improve as soil erosion is reduced.
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.
The sculptor Henry Moore is said to have been influenced by the peculiar rock formations at the south end of Kinder Scout. They've been carved by ice, water and wind over centuries. Some have intriguing names, such as the Pagoda and the Wool Packs.
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 along and then down into Grindsbrook.
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.
A single tiny tree whip costs just £3. If you're inspired by our work to increase the woodland in the cloughs why not text PEAK to 70123 and donate £3 to help? Thank you. This is a charity donation service. You will be charged £3, plus one message at your standard network rate. The National Trust will receive 100% of your donation. If you’d rather we didn’t contact you in future, text NOCOMMS NT to 70060. If you wish to discuss this mobile payment call 0203 282 7863. A Registered charity in England and Wales (no: 205846)
Edale, grid ref: SK124856
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