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Climbing Kinder Scout: A Walk From Edale up Grindsbrook Clough

Liam Hallam is a sports science graduate. He is also a keen cyclist and a lover of the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District.

The view up to Kinder Scout from Edale

The view up to Kinder Scout from Edale

Kinder Scout: The Highest Point in the Peak District

The English Peak District is a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts—particularly walkers. The highest point of the Peak District is Kinder Scout. A moorland plateau with the highest point at 636 metres. The peak has a dense history in the industrial North of England as it was the point of the Mass Trespass in 1932 which led to a governmental rethink on rights of access to the open countryside.

Walking From Edale

The Peak District village of Edale marks the start of the popular Pennine Way which meanders across the Pennine Hills of England from Derbyshire and through the North of England. Edale is a favorite start place for walkers within the Peak District with a choice of hills to climb or meander upwards as well as a number of great pubs, campsites, and guesthouses (bed and breakfasts).

Tips for Responsible Walking in the Peak District

As you may be aware, our countryside is an often sensitive environment and to ensure that we can look keep our countryside for many other generations to enjoy its important to follow a number of recommendations.

  • Stick to categorized trails, footpaths, and bridleways where possible
  • Take any rubbish with you where possible or use any bins provided.
  • Keep dogs on leads
  • Make sure people know where you're going- it can get bleak on the tops of the Moors
  • Carry waterproof/warm clothes depending on the season as the weather can often change quickly
The start of the walk up Kinder Scout from Edale—The Old Nags Head, Edale Hikers Bar. Follow the public footpath up the lane to the left of the pub.

The start of the walk up Kinder Scout from Edale—The Old Nags Head, Edale Hikers Bar. Follow the public footpath up the lane to the left of the pub.

Climbing Kinder Scout From Edale

From Edale, you have two options for climbing Kinder Scout.

  1. Grindsbrook Clough
  2. The Pennine Way

1. Climbing Kinder Scout via Grindsbrook

Go West on the signposted Pennine Way which is a moderately challenging climb. This route heads directly north from Edale up Grindsbrook Clough which is a more difficult and challenging route that is not recommended for inexperienced walkers or those with young children.

The path up Grindsbrook heads north out of Edale up the lane aside from the Old Nags Head Public House and 'Hikers bar'. The lane carries on for a short while before taking a right turn to drop down and over Grindsbrook.

2. The Pennine Way

After walking over the top of Kinder Scout you can see the Pennine Way.

The Pennine Way is a long-distance path that starts in Edale, heading over to Barber Booth, and then travels over the Pennines. The Peak District forms the southernmost point of the Pennine's which make their way up to the North West of England. It can make a fantastic long-distance walking trip through the seemingly remote Pennine Hills despite the fact that you're never quite far away from civilization.

This walk heads back along the Pennine Way back to Edale via the amazing Jacobs Ladder

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


jandee from Liverpool.U.K on August 12, 2012:

Hello cycling,

glad it turned up as I thought my comment had floated away.

Tonight is a big 'Happening' on Mam Tor---Meteorites are having a party........ best from jandee

Liam Hallam (author) from Nottingham UK on August 05, 2012:

Wow Jandee. Glad I could take you back to the Peaks. Theres too much to show than show just a few photos!

I hope this inspires you to finish your kinder poem. Please le me know once you have done it as I would love to read. CF

jandee on August 04, 2012:

This has to be the BEST hub I have had the pleasure of reading..........

Well I would have to say that wouldn't I !!

Wow! You have taken me back to many years ago to my wonderful pennines.

I was thinking,when reading it,why isn't he giving 'jacobs' a mention ? We used to go up Jacobs at the start and I can still feel the pain in my legs ! great times!!!

Then you did !! I can smell the place,I can feel the sheepswool caught on the barbed wire as we approached jacobs,I can feel the cooling water on my hot blistered feet as we dragged our boots off and plunged them into the soothing reservoir, Happy,happy days

A Year ago I wrote a poem about kinder and it is half published--lazy me !!

Thanks cycling. loved it ,

best from jandee,

Liam Hallam (author) from Nottingham UK on August 03, 2012:

Thats a little unfair on you Judy. There's such a beauty to the Mountains that your husband is definitely missing out on. Wouldn't you do it without your husband?

Judi Brown from UK on August 03, 2012:

Very beautiful photos - would love to walk in the Peak District but my husband won't go anywhere where there isn't surf, so I'll have to make do with your photos!