Edale to Mam Tor - Family Walk
Distance 3.38 miles (5.44 km)
Total ascent 267m
Steepest climb 22% (1 in 5)
Time 1:30 – 2:30 hours (Walking)
Start/finish From the main car park in Edale in Derbyshire, SK124854
Terrain The paths are good, the terrain easy and the signs clear. This is an easy walk to follow but one which will catch the weather if there is a wind blowing.
Seasonal variations The walk can be tackled at any time of year although the ridge section will be a more serious undertaking in snow.
Weather and hill conditions mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire Dales – Met Office: Peak District
Public transport There is a good train service to Edale from Sheffield and Manchester.
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Maps OS Explorer OL1 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Dark Peak (1:40,000), OS Landranger 110 (1:50,000)
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Tourist info Glossop (01457 855 920); Buxton (01298 25106); Sheffield (0114 221 1900)
Although not a long walk, this trip gets you high up quickly and has enough points of interest to keep everyone happy. It never gets too steep and really is short enough for a quick afternoon hit on a weekend when you just want to get out of the house. There are also plenty of possibilities for extensions by dropping down from Hollins Cross, or extending the walk along Rushup Edge before returning to Edale.
The walk starts slightly ominously with a section along the road but after that it is good paths all the way. Some of the paths are a little too well used and the erosion on the last section up to Hollins Cross is quite alarming.
Once on the main ridge you get majestic views down either side, but there is also a big increase in traffic usually. The ridge is also exposed to any wind that is around and this doesn't let up on the summit of Mam Tor so don't linger long if it is cold. Once you pick up the path leading back down by the road from Mam Nic then it is a quick and easy descent back to the start. Here a choice of cafes and pubs await you.