County Tops of England: Derbyshire

Kinder Scout: 636 metres (Grid Ref: SK086875)
Route Statistics and Files
Start: Edale Grid Ref: SK123860 Distance: 9.4 miles (15.0 km)
Climbing: 574 metres Time: 4-6 hours Rating: Hard
GPX Route File Google Earth File Map: OL01 The Peak District, Dark Peak Area
Statistics
Start: Edale Grid Ref: SK123860
Distance: 9.4 miles (15.0 km) Time: 4-6 hours
Climbing: 574 metres Rating: Hard
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Map: OL01 The Peak District, Dark Peak Area
Kinder Scout, highest point in Derbyshire
Kinder Scout, highest point in Derbyshire

The Walk: One of the tougher walks in the quest to reach all the county tops of England but an immensely satisfying one. There are optional shorter routes like a straight up and down from Edale by way of Jacob's Ladder but as with other higher county tops an interesting circular walk such as this one is much preferable. And indeed more fulfilling. The route I have chosen here is described in more detail and includes a report on my Kinder Scout from Edale page. The only exception to my Kinder Scout from Edale walk is the short necessary diversion from the Pennine Way footpath at Kinder Low. Ironically the Kinder Scout trig pillar is a few metres lower than the true county top.

The Walk I Would Do: The one shown in the map and detailed in the download files. There is the option of coming from the west near Hayfield via Kinder Reservoir which was the route used in the famous Kinder Scout Trespass. I can supply that route on request though there is nothing in it in terms of distance and effort.


Information: Kinder Scout is a moorland plateau and National Nature Reserve[3] in the Dark Peak of the Derbyshire Peak District in England. Part of the moor, at 636 metres (2,087 ft) above sea level, is the highest point in the Peak District, the highest point in Derbyshire, and the highest point in the East Midlands. In excellent weather conditions the city of Manchester and the Greater Manchester conurbation can be seen, as well as Winter Hill near Bolton, and the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales. (Source: Wikipedia)


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