We leave Castleton via Cave Dale, a tall and narrow limestone valley. After a gradual ascent via Windy Knoll we reach the summit of Mam Tor, the site of a former hill fort with stunning views across the Dark Peak, Kinder Scout and Derwent Moors. We keep our height as we walk along the Great Ridge to Hollins Cross, Back Tor and our final summit, Lose Hill. Here we look back along the ridge to view the whole of our walk. A gradual descent brings us back to Castleton along the Hope Valley.
Meeting and Parking
We meet outside the toilets and Refreshments Kiosk at the Visitor Centre Car Park, Castleton, post code S33 8WN.
The cost of car parking is (currently) £6 for the day and the ticket machine may only take coins.
Please see a Google Map showing the location of the car park and Visitor Centre 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. Just ask us when you book.
Castleton is a small bustling, picturesque village with cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels, shops and accommodation. There are also the famous Blue John mines and caverns and a castle. See map here.
This is a Moderate 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.