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A Kinder Circuit Challenge Walk

A challenge route that follows the edge of the rocky, gritstone escarpment encircling  Kinder Scout, the Peak District’s highest plateau. On a clear day, the views are stunning and the route includes waterfalls, edges and wild, quiet moorland.  With a little less ascent than some of our longer challenges, this walk is a gem!

  • Distance: 17 miles/26km.
  • Ascent: 2789ft/850m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Harder.
  • Great For: New and experienced hill walkers who are fit to maintain momentum all day.
  • Approx Timings: 0830 – 1800. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Edale Village Car Park, S33 7ZA.
  • Location Map >

£49.00

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Description

On this route we only have one big ascent – from Edale, via the rocky edge of Ringing Roger, and up onto the plateau’s southern edge.  We then follow the perimeter eastwards to the quiet, northern side of Kinder.  Here we traverse the tops of Blackden Edge, Seal Edge and Fairbrook Naze – there are trickling brooks, rocky outcrops, wild moorland slopes and views over Woodlands Valley and the Snake Pass far below. We continue to the western edge, joining the Pennine Way high above Kinder Reservoir.  Passing Kinder Downfall, the plateau’s deepest waterfall, we arrive at Kinder Low End, the highest trig point in the Peak District at 2077ft/633m.  Here the Vale of Edale and Mam Tor’s Great Ridge are revealed again, as we re-join the southern edge.  We pass the wind-carved rock formations, Crowden Tower and the Woolpacks and finally the summit of Grindslow Knoll before completing the circuit with a descent to Edale Village.

Additional information

The Walk

On this route we only have one big ascent – from Edale, via the rocky edge of Ringing Roger, and up onto the plateau’s southern edge.  We then follow the perimeter eastwards to the quiet, northern side of Kinder.  Here we traverse the tops of Blackden Edge, Seal Edge and Fairbrook Naze – there are trickling brooks, rocky outcrops, wild moorland slopes and views over Woodlands Valley and the Snake Pass far below. We continue to the western edge, joining the Pennine Way high above Kinder Reservoir.  Passing Kinder Downfall, the plateau’s deepest waterfall, we arrive at Kinder Low End, the highest trig point in the Peak District at 2077ft/633m.  Here the Vale of Edale and Mam Tor’s Great Ridge are revealed again, as we re-join the southern edge.  We pass the wind-carved rock formations, Crowden Tower and the Woolpacks and finally the summit of Grindslow Knoll before completing the circuit with a descent to Edale Village.

Walk Date

Sunday August 11 2024. £49

What’s included?

Included
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

We meet at the main Edale Village Car Park, next to the village hall and public toilets, post code S33 7ZA.

Please note:

  • This post code covers a wide area, and so a sat nav might not take you to exactly the right place.
  • Please also be aware that mobile phone signals in the Vale of Edale are poor, therefore it’s recommended that you check maps and that you know the exact location of the car park before you start your journey.
  • The cost of car parking is (currently) £6 and the ticket machine may only take coins.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of the car park and adjacent Edale Railway Station here.

Coming by Bus or Train?
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving at Edale Station by Train, the car park where we meet is on the opposite site of the road to the train station.  Or if you are arriving by train or bus at another location  reasonably nearby, we’ll give you a free lift.  Just ask us when you book.

Facilities

There are toilets in the car park where we meet and the Penny Pot Café is opposite the car park, next to the train station. Edale is a small busy village with cafes, pubs, a shop and accommodation. See map here.

Walk Difficulty

This is a Harder Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Accommodation

Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.

We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.