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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Tuesday Walk - [Peak District Trip] Kinder Scout Circuit from Edale

Length: 26.8 km (16.7 mi) [longer and shorter routes possible, see below.]
Ascent/Descent:  905m; Net Walking Time: 7 - 9 hours
Toughness:  10 out of 10 
From the West, take the 08.49 Sheffield train from Manchester Piccadilly (…various stations…, New Mills Central 09.17, Chinley 09.23), arriving Edale at 09.32.
From the East, take the 09.14 Manchester Piccadilly train from Sheffield (Dore & Totley 09.21, Grindleford 09.29, Hathersage 09.32, Bamford 09.36, Hope 09.40), arriving Edale at 09.47.
Return trains to London: 16.32, 17.34, 18.32, 19.32 (change at Sheffield, from 3 hours).
Return trains: xx.47 until 19.47, then 21.45 and 23.21 towards Manchester; 16.32, 17.34, 18.32, 19.32, 21.30 and 23.01 towards Sheffield.

“This is a circuit of the Kinder Scout moorland plateau in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District with minimal directions, readily accessible by public transport.
The route described is not a true circuit, as it takes a different route up from Edale than it takes down from the plateau back to Edale. Completists can either continue along the edge from Ringing Roger to the point where the morning ascent over Grindslow Knoll joins the edge and re-trace the route from there (adds 3.4 km), or they can ascend and descend along the Grindsbrook Clough to/from the same point on the edge, this involves light but prolonged scrambling and adds 5.1 km.
In the easterly part of Kinder Scout, the plateau’s width is only about 500m, so – even without a clear path – a shortcut across it is not too arduous a prospect in the right conditions and if a confident map and compass user. The only route with a clear and firm through path is shown on the route map (cuts 1.3 km).” 

Lunch: Picnic lunch.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files  click here. T=swc.304

1 comment:

Thomas G said...

N=5 on the walk today with several others still around but due to earlyish trains and/or sore feet unsure they should commit to this 8 hours walk (incl all breaks). 1 new arrival, up from Loughborough for the day. The weather was w=overcast-and-breezy-with-bright-sun-later, so pretty perfect for a walk which starts with an hour of ascent and then goes on and on around the plateau. We took "only" 8 hours due to all paths being dry, of course.
Stunning views all around, with the northerly side offering a more bleak panorama of heather bogs, while to the south it's all green and was extra splendid in the afternoon sun's glow. Back at the Nag's Head at 6 for a refreshing drink.