Edale and Grindsbrook Circular Walk

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Moderate
Duration
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6.5-9.5h
Distance
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25.1 km
Elevation
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812 m
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Edale and Grindsbrook Circular

The Edale and Grindsbrook Circular is a fantastic - if long - walking route that will take you from the village of Edale up along the moor for breathtaking views of the Peak District. As you walk along the elevated ridge, you will have a commanding sightline overlooking the Edale Valley to the south, the Derwent Valley to the east, and Kinder Scout NNR to the west. If you are up for a bit of a rugged journey, this walk will produce some of the best sights in the Peak District.

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Route Description for Edale and Grindsbrook Circular Walk

While the Edale and Grindsbrook Circular Walk may be long, there are few adventures where you will gain a better perspective of the natural beauty that can be found within the Peak District. The trail sets out from Edale and heads north to climb the rugged terrain along Grindsbrook Clough, bringing you to the top of a rocky ridge near Grindslow Knoll. From here, make your way east along the ridge to summit Upper Tor and Nether Tor while taking in the breathtaking views of the Edale Valley. Reaching the edge of the ridge, you will begin to descend the moor in the direction of Ladybower Reservoir, before turning south to cut across the open farmland. After summiting Win Hill to the southeast, you will turn back towards the northwest to walk through the valley along the lower slopes of The Great Ridge. With the iconic sight of Lose Hill, Back Tor, Hollins Cross, and Mam Tor on your left, and the rugged terrain that you just traversed on your right, you will arrive back at the car park where you began your adventure.

Other amazing walks in Peak District National Park

Check out our guides to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Stanage Edge, Dovedale, and Padley Gorge. Or see all of our Peak District walks on 10Adventures.

Getting to the Edale and Grindsbrook Circular Walk Trailhead

To access the car park for the Edale and Grindsbrook Circular from Hope Valley, drive west for 3.9 km on Hathersage Road and make a right turn onto Edale Road. Follow this for 7.6 km, where you will find the car park on your right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Coopers Camp and Caravan Site, Fieldhead Campsite

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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