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Mam Tor, Hope Valley S33 8WA, UK

Mam Tor is a 517-metre high peak on the southern side of the Hope Valley. The name means “mother hill” as the numerous landslips have birthed a number of hillocks in the surrounding area. The peak is also of historic interest as Bronze Age barrows along the ridge mark the remains of Bronze Age hill forts. There is a car park right below the summit on the road leading into Edale from Castleton. As it’s so close to the summit, this isn’t recommended unless you only want to see the views from the top and not to enjoy the walk. The best way to see Mam Tor is to include it in a loop hike alongside Kinder Scout. Beginning in Edale, hike up to Kinder Scout then counter-clockwise around to Mam Tor. Alternatively, walk west along the Pennine Way from Edale and climb Jacob’s Ladder to get you to the top of the hills. You can then turn south and loop your way round to Mam Tor. This is a shorter variation on the walk which still allows you to take in the best of the views. You will cross the Brown Knoll moorland on a series of paving slabs that act like stepping stones through the peaty areas of bog before reaching a junction at Chapel Gate. Here, you will turn east and follow the ridge along the Hope Valley. The track will lead you over turnstiles, past Lord’s Seat, before suddenly reaching a road. Cross this road and climb up a short but steep trail to take you to the top of Mam Tor. You’ll be greeted by a whole new set of views that stretch away to the south. Follow the eyeline of the ridge and you should be able to make out the features of Back Tor and Lose Hill that jut out into the valley. Walk along to Hollins Cross before turning north and descending into the valley. Cross over the River Noe and return to Edale back where you started.

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Kinder Scout, High Peak S33 7ZJ, UK

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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