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.

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 may be grazing. 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.

Mam Tor Autumn Stargazing Walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01433 670368
Mam Tor Autumn Stargazing Walk

How to get here

Mam Tor, Hope Valley, Derbyshire
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 from 1st March to 31st July