walkhighlands

This board helps you to share your walking route experiences in England and Wales... or overseas.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.

The Great Ridge from Edale

The Great Ridge from Edale


Postby poppiesrara » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:32 pm

Date walked: 15/04/2012

Time taken: 3.25

Distance: 15.5 km

Ascent: 670m

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Well. It’s hardly the Aonach Eagach, or even Crib Goch, but that’s what it’s called… honestly! And it’s a terrific and understandably popular walk in the Peak District, with – on a cold, clear day – striking views to the bleaker hills of the area.

Edale Ridge.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts


From the walker’s hub of Edale, quiet field paths and then a fairly relentless slog up the Chapel Gate track lead up to Rushup Edge and the start of a four-mile stretch of undulating high ground east to Lose Hill. The first leg is the least interesting, gentle slopes on a very broad moorland ridge to the high-point of Lord’s Seat, from where the ground suddenly falls away to open up the views, and the ridge narrows appreciably – with a nice path avoiding the broader highway to the south and keeping to the very top along to the pass of Mam Nick.
Edale Ridge 002.jpg
Lose Hill & Back Tor over Edale

Edale Ridge 003.jpg
Mam Tor

Edale Ridge 004.jpg
Rushup Edge

Edale Ridge 012.jpg
Brown Knoll & Edale Head

Edale Ridge 020.jpg
Eastern Edges over Vale of Edale from Lord's Seat

Edale Ridge 027.jpg
Eastern Kinder plateau

Edale Ridge 028.jpg
Mam Tor

Edale Ridge 030.jpg
South over Winnats Pass

Edale Ridge 032.jpg
Back to Lord's Seat

Served by a high car-park, the flagged path over the distinct little peak of Mam Tor is easy-going and very busy, but it isn’t too much further along before the crowds disperse again and the ridge gains a wilder aspect – more so flecked with an occasional snowflake. Back Tor is perhaps the highlight, a dramatic steep little rise with an uncharacteristic north face of vertical bare rock. Worth a short there-and-back to the end of the ridge and another good viewpoint at Lose Hill before the descent to the Vale of Edale.
Edale Ridge 036.jpg
Descending Mam Tor towards Barker Bank & Lose Hill

Edale Ridge 039.jpg
Mam Tor from the east

Edale Ridge 041.jpg
Vale of Edale from Hollins Cross

Edale Ridge 043.jpg
Long & Treak Cliffs west of Castleton

Edale Ridge 049.jpg
Back Tor

Edale Ridge 050.jpg
View back over Barker Bank

Edale Ridge 052.jpg
Lose Hill

Edale Ridge 063.jpg
Head of Edale from near Lose Hill

Edale Ridge 065.jpg
Grindsbrook

The path down from Back Tor is a lovely one, apparently quite little-used but winding a nice grassy way down through the trees and rocks to the valley and a gentle farmland return to Edale. Not a walk that will overly tax anyone, but – especially on a quiet clear day – a really good example of the walking in the Peak that can be enjoyed below the higher, darker hills.
Edale Ridge 069.jpg
Another view of Back Tor

Edale Ridge 075.jpg
Lose Hill & Back Tor

Edale Ridge 080.jpg
Rushup Edge

Edale Ridge 081.jpg
Mam Tor & Mam Nick
User avatar
poppiesrara
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 1326
Munros:1   
Donalds:1
Hewitts:310
Wainwrights:214   
Joined: Aug 11, 2010
Location: Leicestershire

Re: The Great Ridge from Edale

Postby ChrisW » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:51 pm

What a beautiful hike P, it is indeed a great ridge - perhaps not dramatic but great in its own way nonetheless and there's no getting away from the beauty of Edale :D really enjoyed this, nice to see so much of home when so far away :D
User avatar
ChrisW
Rambler
 
Posts: 4940
Munros:18   Corbetts:5
Grahams:3   
Sub 2000:6   
Joined: Jan 25, 2011
Location: Cochrane- Alberta - Canada

Re: The Great Ridge from Edale

Postby garyhortop » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:07 am

This is a fine walk and a part of the world I spent alot of fine times in (albeit mostly caving). The picture of Winnats Pass brought back some found memories of student days - mini-bus surfing down Winnats and also getting stuck at the top of Winnats in a blizzard as the diesel had frozen (Shows you how long ago that was!)!

Great report Pr!! :D
garyhortop
Mountaineer
 
Posts: 313
Munros:3   Corbetts:1
Grahams:2   
Sub 2000:8   Hewitts:34
Wainwrights:14   
Joined: Sep 18, 2011

1 person thinks this report is great.
Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).




Walkhighlands community forum is advert free


Your generosity keeps this site running.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?



Return to Walk reports - Outside Scotland

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests