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4+ Edale Walks: Scenic Routes & Circular Trails

4+ Edale Walks: Scenic Routes & Circular Trails

Edale, nestled in the stunningly beautiful Peak District, is a walker’s paradise. With its tranquil valleys, rugged peaks, and extensive network of trails, it offers some of the most varied and breathtaking walking routes in the UK.

Whether you seek the solitude of high moorlands or the joy of easy rambles along rivers and reservoirs, Edale provides a perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures.

Ready to lace up your boots? Here’s a guide to the top Edale walks and everything you need to know for a memorable day out!

In a hurry, see the best picks:

  • Popular: Mam Tor
  • Trail to Highest Peak: Kinder Scout
  • Long Distance Circular Walk: Edale Skyline
  • Ultra Long Distance Route: The Pennine Way

Top Edale Walks

Edale offers a great selection of classic Peak District walks and well as being the perfect base for a variety of outdoor activities.

Below are a few of the most famous walks from Edale:

1. Mam Tor

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Often referred to as the “Mother Hill” or the “Great Ridge”, Mam Tor is a must-visit for its sweeping views and accessible paths. The classic route begins at the nearby National Trust Mam Nick Car Park, leading up to the summit over and along the ridge to Back Tor before descending into Castleton

However, an alternative route can take you down to Edale instead, offering equally beautiful views over the Edale Valley.

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2. Kinder Scout

Kinder scout highest mountain in the peak district

The highest point in the Peak District, Kinder Scout offers a challenging yet rewarding hike. This iconic route starts at Edale and ascends via Jacob’s Ladder, continuing across the kinder plateau to the dramatic Peak District waterfall at Kinder Downfall, and then circles back down Grindslow Knoll or Grindsbrook Clough. 

It’s a varied path that showcases some of the best landscapes in the area.

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3. Pennine Way

Pennine Way Sign a popular edale walk

Starting in Edale village, the Pennine Way is Britain’s oldest National Trail and stretches 431 km ( 268 mi) all the way to the Scottish Borders.

The initial section from Edale climbs up the valley towards Kinder Scout, setting the tone for a trail that is renowned for its rugged beauty and remote uplands. This is an excellent choice for those looking to experience a slice of this legendary long-distance path.

View more about the Pennine Way here.

Other Walks near Edale

Winnats Pass: This limestone gorge offers a spectacular gateway to the village of Castleton, framed by steep, grassy slopes and rocky outcrops. It’s a great choice for a short, scenic walk with a touch of dramatic landscape. One of the most photographic places!

Cave Dale: Starting in Castleton, this steep-sided valley winds its way up past Peveril Castle, offering stunning views and a sense of adventure as the path ascends through this rugged limestone dale, which is an old collapsed cave. Hence the name “cave dale”.

Win Hill: With its summit providing one of the best viewpoints in the Peak District, Win Hill offers a rewarding climb that culminates in expansive views over the surrounding valleys and reservoirs.

Ladybower Reservoir: Encircled by gentle trails, Ladybower Reservoir is perfect for a leisurely walk, offering peaceful water views and the chance to explore the iconic dam featured in the “Dambusters” raids at the Derwent Dam.

Bamford Edge: Known for its breathtaking views across Ladybower Reservoir and the wider Hope Valley, Bamford Edge is a less-trodden path that rewards walkers with stunning photographic opportunities from rocky outcrops.

View some more Castleton walks, which are on the other side of the valley.

4. Edale Skyline Walk 

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The Edale Skyline Walk is a challenging yet incredibly rewarding circular route that traces the high ridges surrounding the picturesque village of Edale.

Spanning approximately 20 miles (32 km), this walk is famed for its stunning panoramic views and varied landscapes. From the rugged peaks of Lose Hill and Mam Tor to the wild, open moors of Kinder Scout, walkers can immerse themselves in some of the best scenery the Peak District has to offer.

While demanding, with significant ascents and exposed sections, the Edale Skyline is a must-do for seasoned hikers seeking a full day’s adventure in the hills.

Getting to Edale

Edale is a very well-connected place in the Peak District National Park compared to other popular locations with regular train links and several parking lots.

Edale Train Station: Edale is well-served by its own train station, which is part of the scenic Hope Valley Line. Trains run regularly from both Sheffield and Manchester, making it an accessible option for a day trip without the need for a car. The station is just a short walk from the village centre.

Edale Main Carpark: For those driving to Edale, the main car park is located at Water Meadows on Hope Road (Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZQ). This spacious car park is conveniently situated near the village and provides an ideal starting point for exploring the local area and embarking on the various walks Edale has to offer.