Midlands

Kinder Scout, Derbyshire

  • Distance

    5 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 22.5 times

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Terrain

    Clear paths, with some rocky ascents

  • OS grid reference

    SK124853

  • Calories burned

    450

    The equivalent of two energy bars

Route Info

This challenging and exhilarating walk takes you high up on the windswept Kinder plateau, one of the great upland areas of the gritstone ‘Dark Peak’. The ascent of Kinder is the first stage of the Pennine Way, and when you reach the summit you can enjoy spectacular views across the Vale of Edale.

Along this route you can also take in the breathtaking spectacle of The Woolpacks, Crowden Tower and other mysterious rock formations. These strangely curved stones have been fashioned and polished by the weather over many centuries.

Kit List

  • Good walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Fleece mid-layer
  • Rucksack
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • First aid kit
  • Multi-tool
  • Extra food
  • A beginner’s guide to geology

Did you know?

Part of the moor is the highest point in the Peak District

Route Highlight

As well as the fascinating rock formations, look out for Jacob’s Ladder: a rocky pathway that was recently rebuilt using gritstone boulders.

Where to stop

The 18th-century Royal Hotel in Hayfield is a great place to grab a bite to eat while soaking up the scenery.