Mam Tor circular walk

Walking trail

The stone surfaced footpath from the car park to the top of Mam Tor will reward you with one of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District.

Walk up the steps to see gorgeous views over the Peak District

The viewpoint at Mam Tor stretches north over the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors. This circular route takes you round Mam Tor and has some amazing scenery.

two girls walking in grass and woman behind with dog on lead


Map route for Mam Tor circular walk


Mam Nick car park, grid ref: SK123832


Climb the steps at the top of the car park and follow the path alongside the road to a small gate and National Trust sign. Go through gate bearing left.

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Climb the stone steps until the ground begins to level out, not far below the summit of Mam Tor.

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Continue on the path up to the summit. This path is stepped and stone pitched and was rebuilt by our Estate Team, replacing the original track.

girl and boy sitting on stone path on top of grassy hill


Once you've taken in the views from the trig point, follow the flagstone path north along the ridge until it gets noticeably steeper.

two girls and woman at trig point sky in background


Continue to follow the path down to a small monument in a dip in the ridge.


Turn right, downhill, back towards Mam Tor. Take the right fork in the path, just before the trees, skirting around the woods. Continue on the path to the road.


Walk up the road, through a gate, to a broken road (caused by a landslide).


Continue up the broken road and pass through a gate and parking area. Turn left down the track to Blue John Cavern. Take a look in this show cave (not National Trust) to see the rare mineral after which the cave is named.


Pass the building that gives access to the mine entrance and go through a small gate and up a grassy path. Bear right at the top of the hill and go through a gate. Cross the field and road and take the left fork, uphill, to the entrance of another cave, Windy Knoll. Take care! Do not enter cave, as there have been recent rockfalls.


From the cave, cross the field to a small gate by the road. Cross this road and walk along the grass verge back to the car park. We hope you enjoyed your walk. There are miles and miles of foothpaths across the areas of the Peak District that we care for. They cost £40 per metre to maintain and repair. Please help to keep them accessible for years to come by texting PEAK to 70123 to donate just £3 to their upkeep. 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)

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Mam Nick car park, grid ref: SK123832

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Mam Tor circular walk


Mostly moderate walking on good paths, with some steps and steep climbs. Several gates and stiles. Please note that steep paths may be slippery after wet weather.

Dogs welcome on a lead.


Mam Tor circular walk

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Mam Tor circular walk

How to get here

near Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WA
By train

Hope and Edale stations.

By road

From Castleton take the main road west up Winnats Pass. At the T-junction turn at the top of the pass, turn right and follow the road round, passing the first turning on the right. The car park is next right.

By foot

From Castleton village follow the road northwest until you reach point 6 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 take the 200 bus.

By bicycle

Pennine Bridleway is 2 miles (3km) west on the road to Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Mam Tor circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Penny Pot Café in nearby Edale (S33 7ZA, 01433 670293), opening times vary - please check in advance
  • Refreshments at tea-rooms and pubs in Castleton
  • National Trust car park at Mam Tor (no toilets) and non-NT pay and display car parks with toilets at Edale and Castleton