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Kinder Scout is a favourite target for walkers heading to the Peak District. It was the site of the Kinder Mass Trespass that opened the way for access to the hills as we know it today. There are so many ways of getting onto the top. If you are approaching from the Hope Valley and Edale Valley, you will almost certainly start from Edale, where there is a convenient (but unfortunately pay and display) car park. From here, the Pennine way starts. Most will take the popular Jacobs Ladder route but with a little forethought you can avoid the crowds by choosing one of the several other variations from here.
My personal favourite route up from Edale follows the
end of the annual Barrel Race as its start (if that makes sense!). From
car park, head
street, past the pub and take the wide path a few dozen yards later. This
descends into a small wooded valley, a bridge takes you across a stream and
a paved track then takes you over a field. Bear right, up the obvious path
on to the top of Kinder Scout. From there, there are various options, navigate
the cloughs on compass bearings, follow the path round the rim either to
the left or right and so on. If you have plenty of daylight, you could attempt
the high level Kinder Scout circumnavigation. Use your map to follow the
path that circles the plateau. The distance is around the top is about 18
miles, plus another mile or so to reach it from Edale. I like to go anticlockwise
from here as that saves the best
bits until the end!
Hope offers access to the lower end of the Kinder plateau plus Lose Hill and the Mam Tor ridge, the Peak District’s longest and arguably best ridge walk. There is plenty of accommodation in the area in easy reach of Hope.
The route up from Hayfield via William Clough also is (rightly so) popular, especially during the winter when the snow and frost makes the whole area totally magical. No visit to Kinder Scout would be complete without a visit to Kinder downfall - best in windy weather after a lot of rain as most of the waterfall blows back up to the top again! It is amazing after a prolonged spell of sub-zero weather, with the rounded rocks becoming coated in ice and look rather like a pile of mint imperial sweets!
There are several other walks from Edale that are worthwhile. The Barber Booth Horseshoe (so called by John Merrill) takes you across wild moorland at the head of the Edale valley. Head up on any of several paths and bridleways that lead up to Mam Tor (where you will encounter loads of tourists who can access the 'Shivering Mountain' via the easy steps from the nearby car park. Cross the road to follow Rushup Edge (usually much quieter) then cross open country, heading nore or less north, shortly after the path and bridleway come together. There are many different options to follow in order to get back to Edale, we like staying high, along the edge of Kinder and dropping down the path that brings you steeply into Edale.
When you access the Mam Tor ridge from Edale, instead of heading west, try the east. There are plenty of options that way too.
Click on this link for walking routes for getting onto the Kinder Scout plateau from the north (A57 - Snake Pass road).
Disclaimer - please make sure that your party has the necessary skills, equipment and fitness before setting off into the hills. It is often necessary to be able to navigate through peat bogs and over open moorland using a map and compass. The weather can change very quickly in the hills so be prepared.