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10 AWESOME Edale Walks, in the Peak District (Short + Long Walks)

Edale is one of my favourite places to go walking from, it’s a perfect destination for anyone who loves hiking as you can get there easily by car and public transport from the main cities in the UK.

Here are my favourite walks from Edale, they range in distances from 3.5 to 14 miles, plus a super long-distance walk for anyone that loves a hiking challenge so hopefully, there’s a hike to suit everyone.

Let me know if you’ve done any of these Edale Walks (or if you think there are any others that I should add to the list!) All the walks start in the same location, at the main car park in Edale, which is also close to Edale Train Station too. Details at the bottom on how to get to Edale.

Pick any walk or scroll down them all to see which one takes your fancy from the gorgeous village of Edale!

10 Gorgeous Edale Walks

The walks numbered 1-6 are all circular walks from Edale and finishing at the same point. Perfect if you’ve driven to the Edale and want to finish your walk at one of the pubs in the village.

The last walks numbered 7-10 are all linear walks which start from Edale but finish at a different location. These are perfect if you’re travelling via public transport or if you have a friend with a second car!

Edale Walk 1 – Edale via Grindsbrook and Jacob’s Ladder

Edale walks - Peak district - Edale to Kinder Scout
Hiking up via Grindsbrook Clough to the top
Edale walk via Grindsbrook to Kinder
Edale walk 1

Walk distance: 8 miles/12 km

Hiking time: 34 hours

Total ascent: 2,479 ft

Walk start & finish: SK 12448 85340

Section 1 – From Edale Village, walk to the far end past The Old Nags Head pub (SK 12340 86020), keep going straight then follow the path before reaching a small sign which leads you into a small wooded area (SK 12064 86764) and across a wooden bridge.

Section 2 – The path is large flagstones, put down to reduce the impact on the well-trodden route. Keep following as the path takes you through another very small wooded area. This is the only shade on the entire route, so be sure to pack your suncream on a sunny day!

Section 3 – The path now follows Grindsbrook Clough (pictured above), a little stream that you’ll follow up the entire path. After beginning the route on a well-trodden path, this trail does become more of a scramble towards the end where you’ll cross over the stream for a better route.

Please note – It does look like the path disappears but keep follow the clough and you’ll make it to the top (SK 10592 87208.)

Section 4 – Once you reach the top of Grindsbrook, follow the flagstones all the way to Crowden Rocks (SK 09364 87072). There are some beautiful views of the Edale Valley from along this section.

Section 5 – Then from Crowden Rocks, you’ll also have beautiful views and a few iconic rock formations as you walk along including the Wool Packs, Pym Chair and Noe Stool.

Peak District Edale via Crowden Rocks - Snow
A snowy day in the Peak District – Bottom of Jacob’s Ladder

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Section 6 – Continue along the path all the round making it a circular walk to the famous (and steep descent) down Jacobs Ladder (SK 08652 86237). This is now part of the National Trail, known as the Pennine Way.

Section 7 – It takes you through Upper Booth (SK 10284 85305), where there’s a campsite. On busy days in the summer there’s also a shop that sells delicious ice-cream! From here it’s about 2.5 km back to Edale.

Edale Walk 2 – Edale via Ringing Roger and Grindslow Knoll

Peak District - Edale via Kinder Downfall hike)
Hiking in the beautiful Peak District from Edale

Edale walk - via Ringing Roger and Grindslow Knoll
Edale walk 2

Walk distance: 6 miles/ 10 km

Hiking time: 2-3 hours

Total ascent: 1,571 ft

Walk start & finish: SK 12448 85340

Section 1 – Complete the Section 1 of  ‘Edale Walk 1’

Section 2 – Cross the little wooden bridge, onto the flagstones. But then take the path on the right as it heads up the grassy bank (SK 12243 86297). This is a short steep section which you take right up to the ridge.

Section 3 – Once at the top of the ridge, you have wonderful views for 2 km. Keep going all the way until you reach the cairn at the top of Grindsbrook, which is the route up in Walk 1 (SK 10571 87205.)

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Views from the top of Grindsbrook in the Peak District

Section 4 – Take the path to the summit of Grindslow Knoll (SK 10995 86829).

Section 5 – There are a few different paths down from Grindslow Knoll. The route I’ve plotted above takes you back down from Grindslow Knoll on the same path for a short section, then continue down until you meet the Pennine Way at this point (SK 10875 85549).

Section 6 – Then it’s back along the Pennine Way into Edale. Joining up with Section 7 from ‘Edale Walk 1’

Edale Walk 3 – Edale via Jacobs Ladder, Kinder Reservoir & Kinder Downfall

Peak District - Edale via Kinder Downfall hike (51)
Kinder Reservoir looking across to Kinder Scout
Edale walk via Kinder Reservoir-2
Edale walk 3 – East section

Walk distance: 14 miles/23 km

Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Total ascent: 4,480 ft

Walk start & finish: SK 12448 85340

Section 1 – From Edale, continue through the village towards The Old Nags Head, but instead of walking past the pub take the path on the left. This is an iconic route as you’re now at the beginning on the Pennine Way. A long-distance walk in the UK, 268 miles, which starts in Edale and finishes in Kirk Yetholm.

Section 2 – Keep following the National Trail via Upper Booth (SK 10335 85332) then along to the bridge at the bottom of Jacob’s Ladder. Be prepared for a steep climb up!

Peak District - Edale via Kinder Downfall hike (56)
Views of Kinder Reservoir in the distance

Section 3 – At the top of Jacob’s Ladder keep on the path heading towards Hayfield. Continue following the path all the way around the hill for about 2.5 km, then take the path heading left across the fields (SK 06571 87149). Kinder Reservoir will now be visible in the distance.

Section 4 – You walk along the Reservoir, then up William Clough (SK 06423 90109, where you turn right to follow the steep path up to Kinder Downfall. On windy days, you might be lucky enough to see the waterfall in reverse!

Edale walks - Peak District - Edale via Kinder Downfall hike
Looking out from Kinder Downfall in the Peak District

Edale walk - Kinder Reservoir-2
Edale walk 3 – West section

Section 5 – From Kinder Downfall, follow the stream via Kinder Gates (SK 08751 88785). The path here is particularly difficult to follow as after this section the path basically disappears. Be sure to take a compass bearing to follow.

Section 6 – Once you’ve crossed this section you’ll come out close to Crowden Rocks, where you then follow the path back to the cairn at the top of Grindsbrook (SK 10555 87221).

Section 7 – This is a scramble for the first section, be careful with your footing and make your way the most direct route. After about 1 km, the path becomes more defined and you can follow it all the way back to Edale.

Edale Walk 4 – Edale via Jacob’s Ladder and Kinder Downfall

(Shorter version of walk 3)

Peak District - Edale via Kinder Downfall walk
Walking up William Clough from Kinder Reservoir

Edale walk - Edale via Jacob's Ladder and Kinder Downfall
Edale walk 4

Walk distance: 10 miles/ 13 km

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Total ascent: 2,957 ft

Walk start & finish: SK 12448 85340

Complete Section 1 + 2 from Edale Walk 3.

Section 3 – Then at the top of Jacob’s Ladder take the path on the right (SK 08091 86103) which will take you up past Edale Rocks and the trig point Kinder Low.

Section 4 – This path continues along the Pennine Way, all the way to Kinder Downfall (SK 08291 88901)

Section 5 – From here you finish the walk back to Edale from Section 5 in Edale Walk 3

Edale Walk 5 – Edale via Mam Tor + Upper Booth

Walks from Edale The Peak District
HIking towards Hollins Cross where you reach the top of the ridge

Edale walk via Mam Tor and Upper Booth
Edale walk 5

Walk distance: 7.5 miles

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Total ascent: 1,999 ft

Walk start & end point: SK 12448 85340

Section 1 – Another circular route from Edale can take you up the summit of the popular Mam Tor. This time heading east along the road for about 0.5 km before reaching the footpath that takes you up to Hollins Cross (SK 13599 84528).

This is up on the ridge so straight away you’ll get great views on both sides of Edale and Castleton.

Edale walks in The Peak District - Mam Tor
The path up to Mam Tor in the Peak District

Section 2 – Continue along the ridge towards Mam Tor summit, on windy days it can be hard to stand up as it seems to hit you from every direction! If you look carefully you can also see some evidence of the old iron age fort which surrounded the hill.

Section 3 – From Mam Tor summit continue along the ridge, then drop down and across the road before hiking back up to the ridge on the other side of the road. Continue until you reach a footpath on your right, heading in a northerly direction (SK 09934 82918).

Section 4 – You then follow this path on a northerly bearing all the way to Upper Booth (SK 10309 85320), where you follow the path heading east all the way back to Edale.

Edale Walk 6 – Edale via Mam Tor

(Shorter version of walk 5)

Mam Tor from Edale in The Peak District
Mam Tor summit in the Peak District

Edale walk via Hollins Cross and Mam Tor
Edale walk 6

Walk distance: 3.5 miles/ 5.5 km

Hiking time: 1.5-2 hours

Total ascent: 1,109 ft

Walk start & finish: SK 12448 85340

Complete Section 1 & Section 2 of ‘Edale Walk 5’

Section 3 – From the summit of Mam Tor, drop down from the summit and take a right turn onto the road. Be careful of the traffic as you’ll need to cross over.

Section 4 – There are two footpaths that lead down from here, one that takes you past Greenlands Farm and the other that heads on a straighter path via Harden Clough. They both join before the last section which takes you back into Edale village

Edale Walk 7 – Edale via Mam Tor + Lose Hill to Hope

Lose Hill walk from Edale in The Peak District
Lose Hill walk from Edale in The Peak District

Edale walk to Hope
Edale walk 7

Walk distance: 5.5 miles/ 9 km

Hiking time: 2.5-3 hours

Total ascent: 1,538 ft

Walk start: SK 12448 85340

Walk finish: SK 17183 83505

Section 1 – From Edale, head south up Harden Clough where the path reaches the road in between the hills. From the road, you then take the path up to Mam Tor summit.

Section 2 – Follow this stunning ridge walk for just over 3 km, past Hollins Cross, past Back Tor and all the way to Lose Hill summit.

Back Tor in The Peak District
Back Tor on the ridge towards Lose Hill

Section 3 – From Lose Hill, follow the path for about 3 km in a south-easterly direction all the way down to the lovely village of Hope.

I’ve finished this walk in Hope village which has plenty of cute shops, cafes and of course a pub, similar to Edale village but slightly bigger! Hope train station is about 1 km walk away.

Edale Walk 8 – Edale via Lose hill + Win Hill to Bamford

Win Hill from Edale in The Peak District
Views from Win Hill in The Peak District

Edale walk to Bamford - west section-2

Walk distance: 7.5 miles

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Total ascent: 2,531 ft

Walk start: SK 12448 85340

Walk finish: SK 18096 83268

Section 1 – Leaving Edale head towards Hollins Cross, a point on the ridge walk where you can have stunning views. Follow the footpath all the way to Lose Hill summit, where there is a trig point.

Section 2 – From Lose Hill, take the path close to the village of Hope where you will then cross the railway footbridge to the other side.

Edale walk to Bamford-2

Section 3 – Once across you take the path up to Win Hill. Before you comment, Lose and Win Hill are in fact opposites as you may have guessed from their names!

Section 4 – The final section takes you down from Win Hill and you can drop down into the village of Bamford.

Food and drink stop! – There’s a great community-owned pub and cafe in Bamford that does food and drinks called The Angler’s Rest, Bamford. The perfect finish for your hike.

If you prefer you can also finish at Hope Station which is about the same distance, Hope Village is a lovely place to stop after your walk.

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Edale Walk 9 – Edale Via Peak District Caverns to Castleton

Edale walks in The Peak District
Treak Cliff Cavern in the Peak District

Edale walk to Castleton - Peak District-2

Walk distance: 3.7 miles/ 6 km

Hiking time: 1-2 hours

Total ascent: 1,175 ft

Walk start: SK 12448 85340

Walk finish: SK 15458 82789

Section 1 – From Edale follow the path all the way up to where the road meets Mam Tor. If you’re feeling energetic then it’s a short (steep) hike to Mam Tor Summit if you want to add this into your hike.

Section 2 – Once you reach the road which cuts through the hills, take the path down via Winnats Head Farm. From here you can include a stop to explore some of the famous Peak District Caverns – either the Blue John Cavern or Treak Cliff Cavern.

Section 3 – After the Caverns, it’s a short walk to the lovely village of Castleton where there are plenty of shops, cafes and pubs for the perfect finish to your walk.

There’s no train station in Castleton but there are numerous bus services which run from the area.

Edale Walk 10 – Edale to Kirk Yetholm (Pennine Way)

Peak District - Edale The Old Nags Head
The Old Nags Head in Edale (Start of the Pennine Way)

Walk distance: 268 miles/ x km

Hiking time: 16-19 days

Total ascent: 32,000 ft (approx)

Walk start: SK 12448 85340

Walk finish: SK 12448 85340

I feel that I can’t write a list of walks from Edale without mentioning the Pennine Way walk! Although this one isn’t for the faint hearted! It’s one of the UK’s wonderful long-distance walks. This 268 miles hike starts proudly in Edale Village, in fact, you’ll notice the sign if you complete some of the above walks!

The Pennine Way is a National Trail in the UK, so for much of the walk, you’ll be following the National Trail sign! A small acorn will be on many of the signposts so if you spot that then you’ll know what it is!

The walk starts at The Old Nags Head in Edale, a lovely traditional pub in the village. From here you’ll follow the trail all the way to the Scottish Borders!

You can find out more information about the Pennine Way here.

What Maps Do You Need For The Walks In Edale?

Edale via Kinder Downfall hike
Don’t leave home without your map & compass

Edale Village is in the Dark Peak Area of the Peak District so the map you’ll need for that is:

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OS Online – I always use the Ordnance Survey Online Maps App, which you can buy for £23.99 for a whole year of hiking. You can use to plot your walking routes and you can also use offline to see your location during the

Where To Stay In Edale?

Peak District Edale Village
Walking through Edale Village (Fieldhead campsite on the right)

There are a few options of places to stay in Edale. During my trips to Edale, I’ve stayed at both the campsite and nearby YHA.

Fieldhead Campsite – This is right in the centre of Edale and has different fields so you can pick a quieter area during busy periods. This campsite is really popular due to its location so at peak times you’ll definitely need to book in advance.

Costs per person/per night: Adults from £7.00, Children from 5.00, Cars from £3.50

YHA Edale – YHAs are great places to stay if you are visiting the UK on a budget. They have great facilities so perfect for big groups but also ideal if you are travelling solo and on a budget too.

Costs per night: Beds in dorms from £13.00, Private rooms from £25.00

Here are a few other places to stay in Edale and near Edale

How To Get To Edale?

Peak District - Edale via Kinder Downfall hike (20)
Views to Kinder Reservoir

Edale By Car

Edale can be reached by car from all the main cities in the UK.

From the Leeds in the north and Nottingham in the south on the east side, the main network would be via the M1 motorway.

From Manchester, you can reach the Peak District via the M67

Where to Park in Edale?

Address: Edale, Hope Valley S33 7ZQ

The main car park in Edale has a good amount of spaces, although during very busy summer days extra parking is made available. There are an additional 20 spaces at the train station but as you can imagine these fill up pretty quickly too!

Edale parking costs

  • 1 hour – £1.20
  • 2 hours – £2.00
  • 4 hours – £3.40
  • 10 hours – £5.20
  • 24 hours – £6.20

*The car parking machine is CASH ONLY. So remember to take your change!

Edale By Train

Trains run regularly, about one per hour, from nearby Sheffield train station and take approximately 30 minutes.

Train Sheffield to Edale (24-35 minutes) Leaves at 06.18, 07.12, 08.33, 09.14, 10.14, 11.14, 12.14 …… (later trains available)*

Trains Edale to Sheffield (32-25 minutes) Leaves at 16.32, 17.34, 18.32, 19.32, 21.30 …… (earlier trains available)*

Train costs £7.40 single/£9.00 return*

*Trains to and from Edale are correct at time of writing. Please check times and costs here via National Rail Enquiries

Planning your Peak District trip? Do you have any questions about the Edale walks above or would you like any more tips for your Edale hiking adventures? Ask me in the comments below.

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  1. Great postb it brings back lots of memories for me if going in the Peak District when i lived in Sheffield. Kinderscout is a fantastic place to hike, and i love the vuews over the hope valley and mam tor.
    I live in New Zealand now but looking forward to going in the peaks one day!

    1. Ah thanks so much, Gemma, that’s so lovely I’m glad it bought back some wonderful memories for you. Wow, NZ, I’ve been there once but I can see why you live there, it’s pretty amazing 🙂