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Hayfield Horseshoe Fitness Walk

A guided Fitness Walk from Hayfield, climbing high up onto Kinder Scout and Mount Famine – a day with big ascents but worth it for magnificent high views and a lovely ridge walk above one of the Peak District’s quieter valleys.

  • Distance: 12.5 miles/20km.
  • Ascent: 3542ft/1080m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Tough!
  • Great For:  Active walkers who want to increase fitness or prepare for a challenge.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1600. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish:  Bowden Bridge Car Park, Kinder Rd, Hayfield, SK22 2LJ.
  • Location Map >


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Starting from Bowden Quarry, just outside Hayfield, the route follows the path of the famous Mass Trespass onto Kinder Scout.  The initial ascent up the rocky bed of William Clough steepens as we emerge onto the Pennine Way and climb up onto the Kinder Plateau at over 600m/2000ft.  Then it’s a descent from the Plateau’s edge to cross the valley.  Another sharp ascent brings us up onto the remote but beautiful Kinder Low End and up to our summit of the day, Kinder Low, at 633 metres/2076 feet.  It’s back down to the valley before we climb two final summits, South Head and Mount Famine.  These are fantastic hills to look back at the Kinder Plateau and our day’s achievement, before we descend via a lovely quiet ridge back to Bowden Quarry.

Want to make a weekend of it?  You can book our Bleaklow Guided  Walk on Sunday 15 December 2024 here >


Additional information

Walk Date

Saturday 14 December

What’s 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

The meeting place is Bowden Bridge Car Park, Kinder Road, Hayfield, SK22 2LJ.


  • Bowden Bridge Car Park is a mile up a lane from Hayfield.
  • You may find free parking on the road by the car park.
  • If not, the car park is Pay & Display, (currently) costs £4.75 a day and takes coins only.
  • Mobile reception may be limited.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of the car park here.

Coming by Bus or Train?
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby, we’ll give you a free lift.  Ask us when you book.


There are basic toilets opposite the car park. There are cafes, pubs, shops and accommodation in Hayfield. The nearest train stations are Glossop or Chinley.

Map here.

Walk Difficulty

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


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


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…

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.