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The Great Ridge and Win Hill hike

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The Great Ridge and Win Hill hike

Distance: 21.1km
Elevation: 800m
Time: 5-6h

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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.

The Great Ridge and Win Hill hike Map

Getting there

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.

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When to do

All Year

Backcountry Campsites

Yes. Fieldhead Campsite Edale

Toilets

In Hope Village and Edale Village

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


The Great Ridge and Win Hill
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Route Description for The Great Ridge and Win Hill

To get to the Great Ridge and Win Hill 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 the road (called Mary’s Lane by some) 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.

Want to find a less challenging walk in the Peak District? Check out the Stanage Edge Walk or the Dovedale Walk.

Insider Hints

  • 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.

Comments

Wilford96 2 weeks ago

Started and finished in Hope car park, was 14 miles total and took us 5 hours. The hardest part was actually the steep descent from win hill. Bit of advice is take some change for parking as it’s coin only and no app available. Also can recommend the Old hall hotel for food or a drink afterwards!

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its_all_Greek 4 weeks ago

I did this starting from Edale as i was stopping the night there to do Kinder the next day, this allowed for me to have lunch at one of the cafe's in Hope before starting the assent up losehill which was more challenging on legs that had already completed the winhill assent, I had the luck of the weather so some spectacular views which i stopped to admire several times. If you do the walk starting in Hope and decide to lunch in Edale i recommend diverting to the the Nags head rather than the Ramblers Inn which you pass on the walk.

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joshdonnell 1 month ago

A great walk which would be great in either direction around, only downside was just how busy the ridge was especially on Mam tor itself. Defiantly worth a try my watch measured it at 23km so a good distance but defiantly a fun time.

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morro6590 1 month ago

This is a stunning walk From heading up Loosehill Pike, along Mam Tor, Back Tor and into Edale. Then heading through the varying landscape towards Win Hill which is spectacular. Back in Hope village I tried the Salted Caramel ice cream at cafe adventure. It really is fantastic. The chocolate flavour not so much unfortunately

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Hunter156 2 months ago

I enjoyed the hike because of the scenery. Better not miss this one in the Peak District!

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nina123 3 months ago

The hike was extremely hard and we didn't manage to complete it. However the parts we did do had amazing views! Getting up the ridge was difficult as there is no footpaths and also no signs. However on the ridge there several other walkers so it was easy to navigate. One of the biggest downfall of this hike is the lack of direction and clear instructions. We got lost twice which added an additional 1 hour to the hike. Overall the walk was great with lovely views but directions from this site were poor.

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nstafford 4 months ago

A dazzling little adventure with stunning views. Would have completed it in 5 hours if my friend did not have to poop.

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Theo 5 months ago

It looks like a place from one of my child's storybook but in more vibrant colors.

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OscarDavid 5 months ago

I enjoyed the hike, but the trails can get muddy at some point.

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WanderLee 5 months ago

Still a demanding climb but simply take it at your own pace for any level of fitness

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