Christmas Great Ridge Walk Castleton, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
Christmas on the most popular walk in the PeaksAvailable Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 16th November until Christmas and on Christmas Eve. Mid week dates also available for groups of 3 or more.
Current maximum group size - 5 people per walk
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 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.
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
**Hand sanitiser and face mask/covering mandatory** A face mask/covering does not need to be worn as we will be observing social distancing of 2m, however it could be required in emergency situations, to help protect people whilst providing first aid or assistance, or when social distancing is not possible.
Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans).
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 strongly recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in muddy areas). No Trainers.
Warm hat and gloves.
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, emergency foil blanket and any personal medication).
Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag.
Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them.