Walk up Mam Tor from Castleton
Route Summary: One of the best walks in the Peak District on a pleasant grassy ridge.
One of the best walks in the Peak District on a pleasant grassy ridge.
|13.48 km||468 m||4 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Castleton
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Walk up Mam Tor from Castleton Details
Mam Tor in the Peak District may only be a 517 metres in height, but that doesn’t stop it being more popular with walkers than the neighbouring Kinder Scout. It’s a shapely hill, and with a natural ridge line makes a most pleasant outing. Mam Tor was voted 10th on the list of UK’s top 100 walks in 2018.
With extensive views across the Hope and Edale Valleys and making some time to visit the formidable and unmistakable Peveril Castle, this makes for a worthwhile excursion up the summit. Mam Tor means the Mother Mountain and is also known locally as the “Shivering Mountain”. The south east side of the summit is dominated by a rotational landslide, a feature in place for thousands of years, that kept damaging the old Mam Tor Road. This was a main A625 road until it was finally abandoned in 1979 as it was becoming too expensive to maintain.
This route follows the well built stone path along the ridge line between Mam Tor and Lose Hill, so the going is good all the way. With the Dark Peak to the north, one of the most highly rated views in the country, and the White Peak to the south; this is a walk of variety. If you have time, you can visit the Blue John Cavern, where the mineral Blue John is still mined for jewellery making, but the main business these days is tourism.
The walking route returns along over Lose Hill and the village of Hope, with the option here to cut the walk short by a good few kilometres by returning directly to Castleton rather than the return via the village of Hope.