Edale Circular Walk

Walking trail

This low level walk leads you through vast, open fields and along parts of the Pennine Way, following streams and stone flagged paths through the Vale of Edale. Please note: We’re finding that popular spots like Kinder and Edale 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.

Edale Valley at sunrise


Map of vale of Edale circular walk


The Penny Pot Cafe, grid ref SK123853


Facing the Penny Pot Cafe turn right to the end of the road then left at the T-junction. Pass under the large railway bridge and continue north along the road heading towards Grindsbrook Booth (approx. 700m), passing ‘The Rambler Inn’ on the left.


Passing the Moorland Centre on the right, and then Edale Church on the left along this road, continue until you can see the Old Nags Head pub ahead. Then take a left after New Fold Farm and join the Pennine Way (not the signposted public footpath). Follow the Pennine Way for approximately 2.6km, walking by a stream on your right gently uphill.

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After passing through the gate at the top of the hill, turn left through another gate still signposted Pennine Way and follow the stone flagged path. Beware of stock grazing here, especially those with young, which are best to skirt around. If you have a dog on a lead and cattle show an interest it's often best to let the dog off the lead to run free. Continue along the stone path through the fields.

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View of Edale valley with heather in foreground


The path will eventually start to descend, winding between two hillocks. After a gate you will pass a ruined farm building on the left. At the bottom of this path follow the rough track on the right which leads onto a lane. Before reaching a farm house and its out-buildings leave the Pennine Way joining a Public Footpath on your left (SK104854). Continue along this footpath for approximately 1.3km.

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As you pass through these fields you will cross two stone bridges and one wooden one. You will then cross over a railway bridge. Then follow the lane through the farm buildings and cottages and you will pass Edale Methodist Chapel on the left. At the T-junction turn left passing Bakers Fold Cottage. Continue approximately 80m on the road side then join the path signposted for Edale Station on your left. Continue on this path for 700m, passing back over the railway bridge.

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View of Edale valley


After crossing the railway bridge turn right through a gate, and after the next gate follow the path to the right along the edge of the field. You will pass through three grazing fields after this gate. When leaving the fourth field, turn right onto a concession path following signs for Edale Station for approximately 700m.

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After the second gate, cross the railway bridge once again and turn left. When the gravel road bears right keep to the left of the field, signposted to Edale Station once more. Follow these signposts until you reach the station. The Penny Pot is located just past Edale station carpark, along the road on the left.

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The Penny Pot Cafe, grid ref SK123853

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Edale Circular Walk

How to get here

The Penny Pot Cafe, Station Approach, Edale, Derbyshire, S33 7ZA
By train

Edale Train Station is next to the Penny Pot Cafe. Turn left out of the station to reach the cafe.

By road

From Sheffield: follow the A625 from Sheffield onto the A6187 into Hope. On Hope Road turn right after the Old Hall Hotel onto Edale Road. Follow Edale Road to reach the pay and display car park on the right.

From Chapel-en-le-Frith: drive east on Manchester Road/B5470 onto Market Street. Turn left onto Sheffield Road. Turn left at signposts for Barber Booth. The car park will be on the left.

Edale pay and display car park, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZL - across the T-junction from the Penny Pot Cafe.

By bus

The 271 272 service from Sheffield to Castleton stops in Hope. Alight in Hope at the Post Office/Castleton Road stop at the end of Edale Road. Check local services to reach the station from here.

Alternatively, alight from the 271 272 service at Station Road, Hope, and take the train from Hope to Edale station.

Edale Circular Walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Farm animals are grazing along this route
  • No bins so take all litter that you brought with you home
  • BBQs/campfires/outdoor cooking equipment are not allowed as they are a health and safety risk to wildlife and people
  • Book in at a local campsite as wild camping is not allowed
  • Know before you go and plan your day. The weather can change quickly so always be prepared