Christmas Great Ridge Walk Castleton, Peak District

Guided Walking in the Peak District

Christmas on the most popular walk in the Peaks

Available weekends from late November until Christmas. Mid week dates also available on request for groups of 3 or more.
Christmas walk in Castleton with myGuidedWalks
Christmas walk on the Great Ridge with myGuidedWalks
Christmas walk on the Great Ridge with myGuidedWalks

Maximum group size - 10 people

Clear your head and get in the Christmas spirit on this fabulous walk in the Peak District.

The walk starts out below Mam Tor with a steady climb of about 150m (600ft) up to the top of the famous Mam Tor (or Shivering Mountain) at a height of 517m. From here we'll experience "one of the top ten views in England".

Next we follow along the Great Ridge towards Hollin's Cross, from where we continue along the ridge to Back Tor for another great view point. We continue on the ridge and also have an option of adding on a walk to the stunning Winnats Pass and the old abandoned road below Mam Tor for those who wish.

After the walk you're free if you wish to enjoy the remainder of the day in beautiful Castleton and experience the Christmas lights as darkness falls.

Walk Details

  • Meet: Old Mam Tor Road at 09:30

  • Grade: Fairly Easy

  • Length: 11km/7miles

  • Height Gain: 350m/1100ft

Price: £40

4% booking fee (capped at £5) +VAT will be applied.


The walk is mostly on good tracks and smaller footpaths and includes 2 fairly short but steep hills, and a longer climb of about 250m (900ft). At any time of year there could be some muddy sections and some sections of the path are rough and stony. There is a fairly long descent from Hollin's Cross which is a little steep in places and can be slippery when wet so footwear with good grip is required.

Recommended Equipment & Clothing

  • Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans as they can be cold if wet).

  • Waterproof jacket.

  • Waterproof trousers.

  • Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick).

  • Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots that go above the ankle, providing good ankle support, are recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in boggy/muddy areas). No Trainers.

  • Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny.

  • Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.

  • Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief and any personal medication).

  • Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag.

  • Money for parking and/or cafe

  • Head Torch (in case of delays / late finish)

  • Hand sanitiser and face covering recommended A face mask/covering does not need to be worn, however whilst virus levels remain high it would be recommended in emergency situations to help protect people whilst providing first aid or assistance, or when entering busy cafes and toilet areas.

  • Optional additions: camera, gaiters and/or walking poles if you have them.

Any questions please email or call me on 07928677626