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Walk around Castleton, and Mam Tor

Apparantly, Mam Tor is the most popular ridge walk in the peak district. I can certainly believe it. There’s a wide footpath along the top, and it’s crowded with walkers (including those walking in trainers), and paragliders and so on.

It’s a nice walk nonetheless, but certainly not somewhere to go for some isolation :-)

I would certainly suggest doing the walk in this direction, rather than clockwise – otherwise it’s quite a grind up Cave dale, and that can be pretty slippery.

Start: Castleton (SK151830)
Map: OS Explorer 1:25K OL1 Dark Peak

Around Castleton

Head NW out of Castleton, along Hollowford road. At the conference centre (SK148853) follow the footpath NE. From here, you can follow the signposts to “Lose Hill” (SK153854). Then it’s a nice ridge walk along a real path (sometimes with fencing on either side!) to Back Tor (SK146850), Hollins Cross (SK136845) and then along Mam Tor (SK128837). Descend from Mam Tor, then either follow the footpath marked on the map here, across a field, or descend through the car park, then double back along the road for 200 m. Head SSE along the footpath, then follow the big path SE until you can turn L onto the Limestone Way (SK135813). Make sure that you stay on the path that leads to Cave Dale (it’s the main path), and then walk back to Castleton in the dale.

Me looking hardcore on Back Tor
Me looking hardcore on Back Tor

Back Tor
Back Tor

Along to Hollins Cross
Along to Hollins Cross

Paragliders over Mam Tor
Paragliders over Mam Tor

Perevil Castle
Perevil Castle

4 Responses to “Walk around Castleton, and Mam Tor”

  1. Saskia Richards Says:

    This information and pictures has helped me with my geography coursework, which is pressure on the Peak District.
    Thanks a lot
    Love saskia

  2. holly-jayne Says:

    thanks for this, helped me alot with my geography coursework, which is on castleton + chinley. (:

  3. 05wrightc Says:

    thanks thishelped me with my geog coursework

    thanks a bundel

  4. Matt Says:

    Thanks this helped me with a walk! A great walk too!

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