Walk up Kinder Scout from Edale via Grindsbrook Clough
Route Summary: This popular route from Edale has a little of everything and is the perfect way to experience some of the best of Kinder Scout
This popular route from Edale has a little of everything and is the perfect way to experience some of the best of Kinder Scout
|13.88 km||639 m||4.5 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Edale
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Walk up Kinder Scout from Edale via Grindsbrook Clough Details
Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District and in Derbyshire, but it’s not a mountain per se. It’s 10 square kilometres of rugged, windswept peat bog that is home to some of the most remarkable scenery in the country. Its place in history is assured as it was the site of the 1932 mass trespass which paved the way for the Countryside and Rights of Way Act in 2000, allowing us all the right to enjoy walking on designated access land, which the Peak District has in abundance.
This is one of the most popular routes to Kinder Scout and visits some of its highlights. Starting from Edale, you will climb the jumbled boulders of Grindsbrook Clough before heading out along the interesting southern edge, home to features such as Crowden Tower, Noe Stool and the Wool Packs.
Kinder Scout from Edale via Grindsbrook Clough Route Description
1 – From the main Pay and Display car park in Edale, follow the road north as it leads into the village. Keep following the road past The Old Nags Head. Beyond the pub, you will see a small parking area for the cottages with a footpath sign on the opposite side of the road. Bear left to stay on the road (which quickly becomes a gravel track) until you reach a footpath post pointing the way into the woods on the right. It is marked ‘Grindsbrook’.
2 – Follow the path through the woods as it descends steeply down to a footbridge across Grinds Brook. Climb out the other side and bear left, following the pitched path along the valley. Avoid any paths that head away to the right as the valley path will lead all the way into Grindsbrook Clough. It’s 3km from here to the rim of the Kinder plateau.
3 – After around 1.5 kilometres, the path will begin to deteriorate as the rocks and boulders in the stream become larger. You can take the opportunity to follow the streambed if the weather has been dry. Eventually, you will reach a fork in the valley at SK 10709 87243. The right-hand route offers the best of any scrambling and is recommended, while the left-hand fork is steeper but more direct.
4 – Follow the right-hand fork until you reach the edge of the Kinder plateau. There is no specific route up the valley, nor should you encounter any difficulties. Once on the rim, turn through almost 180 degrees to follow the path south. After a short distance, you will reach the location where the left-hand fork of Grindsbrook Clough emerges, marked by a substantial pile of stones (SK 10530 87256).
5 – Keep to the path along the southern edge. It is pitched with slabs in places to protect the delicate moorland though some boggy bits may be encountered. You will pass a few weird and wonderful rocks on the way, eventually reaching Crowden Clough. Cross the clough and turn south to climb to the top of Crowden Tower (SK 09426 87112), an outcrop of rocks which, from the valley below, look seriously imposing and befitting of the name.
6 – The path hugs the southern edge of the Kinder Scout plateau to reach the Wool Packs, an area of huge, weather-worn rocks that lay scattered in all directions, like discarded wool bales (hence the name). The path winds through the various formations though it is worth a detour to explore this fascinating area.
7 – The Wool Packs come to an end at a huge formation of rocks close to Edale Head (SK 08784 86956). The path passes around the south side. Along this section, keep an eye out for Pym Chair (SK 08799 87033) and Noe Stool (SK 08308 86962), both notable rock forms you will find marked on the map.
8 – Upon reaching Noe Stool (an anvil-shaped rock at SK 08308 86962) avoid taking the path which bears left and descends along the wall, instead maintain a westerly heading to find the triangulation column at Kinder Low (SK 07904 87059). Some would argue that this is the highest point of the plateau but, if you believe the Ordnance Survey a spot height 3m higher can be found approximately 500m to the northeast among the tussocks and bogs of the moor.
9 – From the trig column, head south through the eerie landscape along the Pennine Way which passes Edale Rocks to reach Swine’s Back. Here you will see a large cairn (SK 07948 86360). Bear right slightly to descend towards the head of the River Noe. At a fork in the path, bear left before finding a broad, eroded track.
10 – Take a left and descend along the track to the top of Jacob’s Ladder, a switchbacked path that was built for packhorses. To the left is the steeper, direct path while to the right is the longer, more gentle path. Both converge at a stone packhorse bridge at the foot of the valley.
11 – Cross the bridge and keep following the Pennine Way. This is the home straight though there is some distance left to walk. The Pennine Way leads to the hamlet of Upper Booth. Follow the signposts as the Way passes through the farmyard in Upper Booth. Turn left before the red phone box then bear right as you head through the farm. Bear left again (avoiding the first gate), instead, pass through the second gate on the right where a low metal sign says ‘Footpath to Edale’.
12 – The Pennine Way leads back to Edale though you will need to negotiate a short climb over the lower slopes of Broadlee-Bank Tor. Once over the slope a series of gates and stiles are all that stand between you and a well-earned beverage in the village.