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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

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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.

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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.
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Lose Hill & Back Tor over Edale

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Mam Tor

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Rushup Edge

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Brown Knoll & Edale Head

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Eastern Edges over Vale of Edale from Lord's Seat

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Eastern Kinder plateau

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Mam Tor

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South over Winnats Pass

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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.
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Descending Mam Tor towards Barker Bank & Lose Hill

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Mam Tor from the east

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Vale of Edale from Hollins Cross

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Long & Treak Cliffs west of Castleton

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Back Tor

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View back over Barker Bank

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Lose Hill

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Head of Edale from near Lose Hill

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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.
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Another view of Back Tor

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Lose Hill & Back Tor

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Rushup Edge

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Mam Tor & Mam Nick
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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
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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!)!

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