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. 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.

Know before you go: plan your day out

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.

Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome on this route. There are no bins so please take your dog mess and all litter home with you.

Look after the places that you love to visit, like Mam Tor and leave no trace.

Stick to the paths to help minimise erosion on the landscape. 


Mam Tor circular walk

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Mam Tor circular walk

How to get here

Mam Nick car park, grid ref: SK123832
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

  • Refreshments at tea-rooms and pubs in Castleton (not NT) please be respectful of local communities.
  • National Trust Mam Nick car park (near Mam Tor) is a very small car park, if you cannot find a space, please return at a less busier time or have an alternative car park to park in or a quieter place to explore
  • For non - National Trust members please use the Pay by Phone option in Mam Nick car park, information on how to do this is on the machine. Should you encounter any signal problems when using the Pay by Phone option, you can donate to our Peak District App
  • There is no need to book your car parking space but please be aware that spaces can become very limited by 9am on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays
  • Please park safely and responsibly and only park in designated car park spaces and not on roads or grass verges. All access points and roads must be kept clear for farm tenants, local communities and the emergency services
  • BBQs/campfires/outdoor cooking equipment not allowed, as it is a health and safety risk to wildlife and people
  • No bins so take all the litter that you brought with you home
  • Dogs on leads at all times - farm animals are grazing in this area