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Walk The Ethels: Mount Famine, South Head & Brown Knoll

A moderate circular guided walk summiting Mount Famine, South Head and Brown Knoll starting from Bowden Bridge car park in Hayfield.

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In celebration of Ethel Haythornthwaite and 100 years of CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire, we are leading guided walks up the many Ethels on land cared for by the National Trust.

The Ethels are 95 hills in the Peak District named in tribute to Ethel Haythornthwaite, who founded CPRE Peak District and South Yorkshire in 1924 (then called the Sheffield Association for the Protection of Rural Scenery.) Her activism saved Longshaw Estate from development and helped establish the Peak District as the UK’s first National Park in 1951.

Join us on a circular walk bagging three Ethels in one hike! The walk begins by following the River Sett and the Pennine Bridleway until a steep ascent to the summit of Mount Famine. We’ll then carry on to South Head and across a beautifully restored blanket bog until we reach Brown Knoll. Finally, we'll join an ancient packhorse route, which will guide us back to the car park via Edale Cross.

The walk is approximately 7 miles and includes a steep ascent and follows an uneven footpath. Due to the moderate difficulty only adult tickets are available. Dogs on leads are welcome but there may be some stiles. The walk is not suitable for pushchairs or prams.

Our walk leaders are incredibly knowledgeable, so please ask as many questions about the area as you like!



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £7.50

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895 Ticket sales will end 24 hours before the event.

Meeting point

Please meet at Bowden Bridge Car Park in Hayfield.

What to bring and wear

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water. Dogs on a short lead are welcome but, be aware, that there are stiles on this route.


The walk is not suitable for pushchairs or prams.


Please arrive by 09:50 to leave promptly at 10:00. The walk may be cancelled in the unlikely event of extreme weather.

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