This is a moorland walk so, to stay safe, make sure someone knows when you are expected to finish.
Total steps: 8
Total steps: 8
Edale train station, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. Grid ref: SK124856
Set foot from Edale station and head up through the village, passing the Moorland Centre on your right.
Turn left on to the Pennine Way, opposite the Nag's Head pub.
Follow the Pennine Way to Upper Booth Farm, which has won awards for its habitat restoration.
As you walk along the River Noe, you pass some ancient clough woodland on your left.
Climb Jacob's Ladder. We aim to restore more native trees in this clough by planting and protecting young trees and seedlings from grazing animals. This old packhorse track crossed the moors and was a trade route for lead, coal, salt and wool from medieval times until the railway was built in 1894.
Come off the Pennine Way, taking a path to your right and skirt eastwards around Kinder Plateau. On the left around the giant anvil-shaped rock called Noe Stool, you will see the areas of eroded bare peat now beginning to recover as a result of gully blocking work higher up on the plateau, which has reduced the peat erosion into the gullies. Once the peat in the gullies is stable and wet, cotton grass, mosses and other moorland plants will grow.
The weathered gritstone rocks or tors along the Kinder Edges create an otherworldly atmosphere as you make your way past first the Pagoda and then the cluster of rocks called the Wool Packs. Continue past Crowden Tower then follow the footpath along and then down into Grindsbrook.
You will be treated to sweeping views of the Vale of Edale as you descend from the plateau. Notice the patterns of historic dry-stone walls and field boundaries. Follow the Grindsbrook footpath back to Edale village.
Edale train station. Grid ref: SK124856
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