Mam Tor & The Great Ridge from Castleton, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
Probably the most popular hike in the Peak District.
Current maximum group size - 6 people per walk
The walk starts out with a short but steady climb of about 100m (300ft) up to the top of the famous Mam Tor (or Shivering Mountain) at a height of 517m. From here we'll experience what has been described by a previous chair of the National Trust as "one of the top ten views in England".
We then follow along the Great Ridge towards Hollins Cross, which provides a great place to view the remains of the old Sheffield to Chapel en le Frith road which was lost to the land slips in 1979. We continue along the ridge to Lose Hill for another great view point.
Leaving the ridge we drop down and follow another beautiful path back towards Mam Tor. We drop down further through a beautiful wood (with bluebells in spring) to join the route of the old road providing spectacular views of Mam Tor.
After returning to the cars there is option to walk a little further for views of the amazing Winnats Pass.
Meet: Road to Blue John Mine at 08:45 for an 09:00 start
Grade: Fairly Easy
Height Gain: 350m/1100ft
The walk is mostly on good tracks and smaller footpaths and includes 3 fairly short but steep hills, each a climb of about 100m (300ft). At any time of year there could be some muddy sections. There is a fairly long descent towards the bottom of Mam Tor which is a little steep in places and can be a little 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 recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes on most walks. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in 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, emergency foil blanket and any personal medication).
Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag.
Money for car park fees.
Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them.