The Great Ridge and Win Hill hike
The Great Ridge is arguably the most walked ridge line in England, connecting the summits of Lose Hill (476m) and Mam Tor (517m) whilst dividing the grit stone Dark Peak to the North and the limestone dales to the South. With the addition of Win Hill it makes for a spectacular and challenging Peak District hiking adventure.
You’ll start in Hope Village. It is on the A1687 between Castleton and Hathersage. The Hope Car Park is roughly across the street from the Grasshopper Cafe. It is requested you don't park outside The Old Hall Pub or the Cheshire Cheese Inn.
|When to do|
Yes. Fieldhead Campsite Edale
In Hope Village and Edale Village
The Great Ridge and Win Hill
Route Description for The Great Ridge and Win Hill
To get to the trailhead, walk down Edale Road. Turn immediately left onto Eccles Cl and follow for 100m until you see a footpath to your right.
This footpath takes you towards Losehill Farm and gets progressively steeper. In wet weather the trod in these fields can get very muddy so come prepared with good footwear. Watch out for livestock with young in the springtime.
The footpath will eventually take you around the right hand side of Losehill farm and left over a stile just above it. The path will then swing right again and take you steeply up in the direction of the summit. Halfway to the top you will pass over another stile and the final section of paved footpath will be clear.
While you catch your breath at the top, you can enjoy the view of Win Hill (462m) to the East, the final climb of the hike.
From the summit of Losehill, head west along the ridge towards Mam Tor. The path is well defined but the short descent from Back Tor is steep and badly eroded. Follow the path for approximately 3.2km and onto the summit of Mam Tor. The wind can be strong up here so don’t linger too long if it is cold.
Descend off the summit of Mam Tor in the Direction of Rushup Edge, just before you reach the road take a sharp right down a smaller unpaved path. This will take you North to Greenlands farm and through a gate onto a small country lane. Follow the country lane back into Edale.
Once in Edale, follow Mary’s Lane past the village hall and underneath the railway line. After 300m you will pass a campsite. Take the footpath to the right immediately past the campsite and just before the church graveyard.
This footpath will take you across Grinsbrook Clough and to Ollerbooth farm. From here follow the signed and well defined bridleway to Nether Booth where you will join Edale Road for a short section before taking the first footpath on your left to Clough Farm.
Stay right through Clough Farm. The track will start to gradually ascend before dropping down through coniferous woodland to the picturesque Jaggers Clough. Step across the river here and immediately start the ascent to Hope Cross, an ancient guide post and parish boundary marker. It is an excellent view point.
At Hope Cross take the right path junction and follow the wide path south east towards the rocky summit of Win Hill. This gradual ascent is longer than you think. On an overcast day when the summit is not in clear sight, take care to ensure you do not stray from this high track.
After taking in the views of Ladybower and Derwent Edge, drop down from the summit, going southwest. Pass through the small gate in the fence marked with a public footpath sign and continue on the descent. You will eventually come to a grassy track junction. You can either go continue straight ahead to Twitchell farm OR take the more obvious path leftwards to a country lane. Both routes will take you back to Hope Village, but the latter will go near the Station.
Refuel at Cafe Adventure near the trailhead. The local salted caramel ice-cream is incredible!
Look out for various farmstead honesty boxes near the trails offering range eggs and homegrown goods.
You can also take the train to Hope Station from Sheffield or Manchester Piccadilly OR the 271/272 Sheffield - Castleton bus.
Stop by The Old Hall after your walk. The rustic village pub dates from 1508 and there is a delightful patio.
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