Kinder Scout from Hayfield, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
One of the shorter Kinder Scout guided walks up the highest mountain in the Peak District
Maximum group size - 8 people
This route is one of the shorter Kinder Scout walks that I lead up the highest mountain in the Peak District. We set off from Bowden Bridge car park, the starting point for the famous 1932 Mass Trespass. We head up an easy track to Kinder Reservoir which provides some great views. The track gives way to a smaller path now which can be rough and muddy in places as we start to head up the main climb towards Kinder Scout.
After a fairly tough climb of around 400m (1200ft) we reach the plateau of Kinder Scout and follow the edge towards the spectacular Kinder Downfall passing the hidden Charged Rock. After the downfall we continue on to the strangely named Kinder Low which is actually the highest of Kinder's three trig points at 633m (2077ft). It's not quite at the very summit, which is a rather indistinct point 3m higher and about 800m away on the boggy plateau. I can guide you to it if you want to be at the very top!
It's now time to start heading back down which we do via a nice path over Kinderlow End. Before we drop down we'll pass a "Bowl Barrow", which is an early Bronze Age (~2000BC) burial mound. We continue down through the fields and back to Bowden Bridge.
Meet: Hayfield, Bowden Bridge car park at 08:30 for an 08:45 start
Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Height Gain: 450m/1500ft
Price: £404% booking fee (capped at £5) +VAT will be applied.
The walk is mostly on a mixture of good tracks and smaller footpaths which can be rough in places and includes 1 fairly long hill. The hill up to Kinder is a steady climb of about 400m (1300ft). Just before that climb there is a short steep stone path which tends to be a little slippy when wet. At any time of year there are likely to be some muddy sections, especially once we start to head up towards Kinder with it's peat bogs. As we climb up onto Kinder the path becomes rougher and a little rocky in places. Either side of Kinder Downfall a little more care is needed on these rocks. There is a fairly long descent back down but the route I have chosen provides one of the more gradual descents.