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Mam Tor Great Ridge Guided Walk

A classic walk and great introduction to the Peak District hills with some of the best views in the area.

  • Distance: 9 miles/14km.
  • Ascent: 1969ft/600m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Great For: New and experienced hill walkers.
  • Approx Timings: 0930 –1630.  Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish: Visitor Centre Car Park, Castleton, S33 8WN.
  • Location Map >

£40.00

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Description

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.

Booking this walk on Thursday 8 August 2024? If you want a two day hiking experience, you can also book our Kinder Scout  Walk on Friday 9 August 2024 here > 

Booking this walk on Sunday 3 November 2024? If you want a two day hiking experience, you can also book our Kinder Scout  Walk on Saturday 2 November 2024 here > 

Additional information

The Walk

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.

Walk Date

Thursday 8 August 2024, Sunday 3 November 2024

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 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.

Facilities

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.

Walk Difficulty

This is a Moderate 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.