Kinder Scout

Matt Lynch
Article By: Matt Lynch
3 months ago
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Located in Derbyshire county, Kinder Scout is one of the most famous areas in the Peak District and a highlight of the Hope Valley. It is a rugged moorland plateau and nature reserve. The best way to see Kinder Scout is on foot. The hike can be started from a few locations but Edale is opportune due to its accessibility. However, be warned, Edale is strict on its parking policy. There are a couple of car parks, but they fill up very quickly in the high season. Aside from that, there are numerous signs warning people not to park on the road. The village isn’t particularly big and if it runs out of parking you may be out of options! You can catch a train directly into Edale if you’re coming from Manchester or Sheffield. This saves you the trouble of looking for parking spots and is an easy way to access the Peak District on foot. The trail begins by following an avenue of trees north. The path then hooks through some livestock fields before opening onto a steep climb. There are various paths and diversions you can take once you’re on top of the peak. You can head up to Grindslow Knoll or push along the side of the valley into the Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve. You can keep pushing north, across the plateau, to find the River Kinder. Here you’ll see a waterfall that drops into the valley: Kinder Downfall. If you follow the river, you’ll stumble across the Mermaid’s Pool where hikers tend to go wild camping. This trail will take you down to Kinder Reservoir. Though, you’re now on the other side of the valley from where you started. If you remain on the plateau, you will head west past the Woolpacks, a wind-carved rock formation, before approaching the trig point of Kinder Low. The trail then turns south and crosses over the Pennine Way. From here, you can turn east and descend back into the Hope Valley via Jacobs Ladder and complete your walk in Edale. Alternatively, you can press on and reach Mam Tor, the summit on the opposing side of the valley.
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