Mam Tor Autumn Stargazing Walk

Walking trail

Perfect for families and anyone unfamiliar with astronomy, this autumn guide will introduce you to star gazing at Mam Tor, which stands proudly at the head of the Hope Valley. Please note: We’re finding that popular spots like Mam Tor are getting extremely busy, especially at weekends. We expect that our Mam Nick car park and other car parks in the area will fill up very quickly by 9am on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, so we encourage people to plan ahead before leaving home. This will help us keep our places safe and enjoyable for everyone. We ask that all visitors please park safely and considerately in designated spaces and not on roads or grass verges, as this can block access for farm tenants, local residents and emergency services. We also remind people that BBQs/campfires are not permitted and ask everyone to help us look after our beautiful Peak District countryside by taking their litter home with them.

walker watching sunset on Mam Tor


Map route for Autumn star gazing at Mam Tor walk


Mam Nick car park, grid ref: SK123832


Leave the car park at the top left hand corner and follow the surfaced path up to the edge of the road at Mam Nick.

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Go through the gate on the right and follow the surfaced path through the ancient ramparts of the hill fort to the summit trig point (15 mins).

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You are now in the centre of the Iron Age monument. The wide open skies here provide a wonderful spot for star gazing. Why not lay a blanket on the ground and take it all in. Return via the same route.

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Mam Nick car park, grid ref: SK123832

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Mam Tor Autumn Stargazing Walk


Keep to the surfaced path as there are dangerous steep drops on the edges of the hill. Strenuous ascent with steps and rough surfaces, good footwear and torches essential. The summit can be very cold so wrap up warm.

Not suitable at night for young children or those with reduced mobility.

Sheep are grazing in this area so dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Please be aware of trip hazards in the dark. Choose a clear night, and take binoculars and a torch to follow in Galileo Galilei's footsteps.

Take all your litter that you brought with you home as there are no bins in the countryside. This includes dog mess, nappies, wipes and tissues. Leave no trace of your visit. 

Mam Tor Autumn Stargazing Walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01433 670368
Mam Tor Autumn Stargazing Walk

How to get here

National Trust Mam Nick car park. This is a very small and popular car park, so if full please have an alternative car park in mind or visit at a quieter time.
By train

Hope and Edale are nearest train stations.

By road

From Castleton, up Winnats Pass signed Buxton and Chapel, turn right at the top then follow the road round a very sharp left hand bend.  Mam Nick car park is on the right. From the west approach from Chapel-en-le-Frith (car park on left after long straight run along Rushup Edge) or Buxton (keep left when you reach the road up from Castleton, then directions as above).

By foot

From Castleton follow the road north-west up Winnats Pass and on paths across Winnats Head Farm until you reach point 1 on the map.

By bus

Service 200, Chapel-en-le-Frith to Castleton, via Winnats Pass, alight Mam Tor. Service 272, Sheffield to Castleton, then walk from village or pick up 200 bus.

By bicycle

Pennine Bridleway is 2 miles (3.2km) west on the road to Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Mam Tor Autumn Stargazing Walk

Facilities and access

  • National Trust car park at Mam Tor (known as Mam Nick car park) SK123833
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times
  • No bins so take all litter home.
  • No BBQs/campfires/outdoor cooking equipment allowed as they are a health and safety risk to wildlife and people
  • Book in at a campsite as wild camping is not allowed