DERBYSHIRE PEAKS and DALES

18th Sept 2008: Hope - Mam Tor - Castleton - Hope

Start/Finish at Hope, circa xxxm

Highest point: Mam Tor, 517m

Distance: circa 15 kms

Weather: Mainly sunny

Vertical altitude gain: circa 500m

Time: 6 hrs 10 mins

Walking towards Lose Hill from Hope Walking towards Lose Hill from Hope

My first Peak district walk the previous day had been enormous fun, especially as my guide, Sunnydale, knew the area so well. It was with some pleasure then that I started the second day of Peak walking from Hope, with Sunnydale again, and with the weather looking a bit more promising. Our plan was to walk up Lose Hill and then along part of the Great Ridge to Mam Tor.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008

Cattle on Lose Hill National Trust sign on Lose Hill

Early mist was clearing to hazy sunshine as we left Hope and headed up the side of Lose hill. Passing local cattle before reaching the National Trust sign just below the summit.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 continued View West from Lose Hill

Close to the summit the view to the West, which included Mam Tor someway along the Great Ridge, was becoming slowly clearer as the sun gathered strength.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008

Sheep on Lose Hill Stones on walk from Lose Hill along Great Ridge to Mam Tor

A solitary sheep watched our progress as we got to the Great Ridge and headed along it. At one point passing stones that would have made a nice seat had we neede an early rest!

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 View along Great Ridge

A view straight along the Ridge. Showing an undulating track, with the high point at Mam Tor standing out quite well in the middle distance.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008

Walker on a rock next to the Great Ridge Bryan Benn on a rock next to the Great Ridge

As with most of the area there were large rocks around. This one nicely positioned to give the two of us a good vantage point over our route and the adjoining countryside.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 Great Ridge path to Mam Tor

The view from the rock: the soft late summer sunshine gave a lovely velvety look to the grass on the side of the Ridge,

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 View to Kinder from the Great Ridge

The view North looked over the Vale of Edale, with the great bulk of Kinder Scout behind. Sharp eyes will just spot the train heading along the valley floor!

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 continued Mam Tor from the Great Ridge

Our gentle walk along the Ridge meant we were slowly closing in on our high point for the day the summit of Mam Tor. Seen here with the view to the South West of the Peak as well.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 Hang gliders over the Rushup Ridge

We were enjoying our day in the Peaks a great deal. And no doubt those hang gliding from and over Rushup Ridge just ahead of us were also pretty happy with the day as well.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 Descent from Mam Tor

The summit of Mam Tor was reached, and we were soon heading down the track on it's Southern side.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 Winnnats Head Farm

Winnats Head Farm, with it's surrounding dry stone walls, stands, (obviously!), at the head of the scenic Winntas Pass. And looked lovely in the afternoon sunshine.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 Winnats Pass

The road was to our right, but not fully visible as we gently wandered into and then down Winnats Pass.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 Winnats Pass

The exit to Winnats Pass. And to the right a rocky section that provides some adventure for those who like steep scrambles!

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008 Castleton from near Winnats Pass

The dry stone walls add enornmous character to the whole area. And these looking down to Castleton were no exception.

Mam Tor walk, 14th Sept 2008

Stone wall near Castleton Farm gate near Castleton Stream near Castleton Stream near Castleton

We passed stone walls a gently flowing stream and then into Castleton for a wonderful cream tea towards the end of a lovely walk.