Guidebook to 35 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys.
This guidebook describes 35 circular walking routes in the Dark Peak - the wilder northern area of the Peak District distinguished by its dark gritstone. The walks range between 4 and 13.5 miles in length (6.5km to 22km), varying in terms of difficulty: some involve steep ascents and descents, uneven ground and pathless terrain, and demand a good level of navigational competence. The book also outlines 5 longer routes (3 linear; 2 circular) of 15 to 28 miles (25-45km) for those wishing to explore the area further, including a classic 'skyline' circuit of the Kinder Scout plateau. Detailed route description and 1:50,000 OS mapping are provided for each route, along with information on nearby points of interest and facilities. Icons of the Dark Peak - such as Kinder Scout, Stanage Edge, the Roaches and Mam Tor - are included, however, the focus is on exploring the lesser-known corners of the region. The routes take in striking gritstone edges, distinctive rock formations, open moorland, steep-sided valleys and hidden waterfalls. The Dark Peak features a wild landscape of sweeping moorland and big skies. Easily accessible from Sheffield, it boasts a wealth of natural, geological, historical and cultural interest - and some great walking.
Map keysOverview mapIntroductionGeologyPlants and wildlifeHistoryThe futureLocal services and transportThe walksResponsible walkingMaps and navigationUsing this guideEastern Dark PeakWalk 1 Chatsworth to Birchen EdgeWalk 2 Longshaw Estate and the gritstone edgesWalk 3 Fox House to Big MoorWalk 4 Fox House to Stanedge PoleWalk 5 Grindleford to Higger TorCentral Dark PeakWalk 6 Hathersage to Stanage EdgeWalk 7 Wyming Brook to Stanage EdgeWalk 8 Bamford MoorWalk 9 Win Hill to Hope CrossWalk 10 Kings Tree to Shepherds Meeting StonesWalk 11 Westend and Bleaklow StonesWalk 12 Derwent EdgeWalk 13 Alport Castles and the Woodlands ValleyWalk 14 Margery Hill to Back TorWalk 15 Low Bradfield and Dale DykeWalk 16 Langsett to Howden EdgeWalk 17 Langsett to Pike LoweWalk 18 Torside to Bleaklow HeadWalk 19 Wildboar Clough to Lawrence EdgeWalk 20 Old Glossop to Bleaklow HeadWalk 21 Kinder Scout Northern EdgeWalk 22 Kinder Scout Western EdgeWalk 23 Kinder ScoutWalk 24 Kinder Scout Southern EdgeWalk 25 The Great RidgeNorthern Dark PeakWalk 26 Dunford Bridge to Ramsden CloughWalk 27 Crowden HorseshoeWalk 28 Crowden to Chew ValleyWalk 29 Marsden to Black HillWalk 30 Alphin Pike to Birchen CloughWalk 31 Binn Green to Great Dove Stone RockWalk 32 Cotton Famine RoadWestern Dark PeakWalk 33 Goyt Valley to Shining TorWalk 34 Derbyshire Bridge to ShutlingsloeWalk 35 The RoachesLong day walksWalk 36 Marsden to EdaleWalk 37 Langsett to EdaleWalk 38 Gritstone edgesWalk 39 Edale HorseshoeWalk 40 Kinder Scout skylineAppendix A Route summary tableAppendix B Useful informationAppendix C Aircraft crash site locations