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A couple and their dog on the flagstone path near Edale village | © National Trust/Annapurna Mellor
The Peak District & Derbyshire

Edale Circular Walk

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.

Plan ahead

Popular spots like Kinder and Edale are getting extremely busy, especially at weekends, Bank Holidays and during the school holidays. Many car parks fill up very quickly by 9am, so do plan ahead before leaving home. 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. Barbecues and campfires are not permitted.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

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

Step 1

Facing the Penny Pot Café, turn right and walk to the end of the road before turning 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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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 farmhouse and its out-buildings, leave the Pennine Way, joining a Public Footpath on your left (SK104854). Continue along this footpath for approximately 1.3km.

Step 5

As you pass through these fields you'll cross two stone bridges and one wooden one. You'll then cross over a railway bridge. After this, 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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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 car park, along the road on the left.

End point

The Penny Pot Cafe, grid ref SK123853

Trail map

Edale circular walk map
Edale circular walk route map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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