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Kinder Scout Circular Walk

Enjoy a captivating hiking adventure through some of the Peak Districts most awe-inspiring landscapes along the Kinder Scout Circular Walk.

A challenging hill-walk of various terrains, the Kinder Scout circular walk is a rewarding experience, offering expansive views across the Peak District from it’s summit. The highest point in the region, you’ll be truly captivated by the region’s rural beauty.

This circular route combines alternative routes of the Pennine Way, adding an extra layer of excitement to your adventure.

Lose yourself amongst the serene tranquility of the Peak District along this memorable trail…

Embark on the Kinder Scout circular walk, a trek through the rugged countryside of the Peak District that unveils the grandeur of its iconic landscape. The highest point in the region, Kinder Scout stand as a sentinel over the Dark Peaks, offering a sweeping panorama across the White Peaks, the Edale Valley and beyond.  

Discover the standout features of the Kinder Scout Circular Walk: 

Historical Significant: Discover the historical remnant atop Kinder Scout, including its trig point and the Kinder Downfall. Walk in the footsteps of the men and women involved in the 1932 Mass Trespass of Kinder Scout. 

Summit Views: Sitting at 636 meters above sea level, the summit of Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District. Climbers are rewarded with magnificent views encompassing the rugged terrain of the Dark Peaks and the Edale Valley. 

Unique Landscapes: Encounter the rugged beauty of the Kinder Scout plateau, featuring distinctive gritstone edges, rock formations, Peat bogs, open moorland and waterfalls. 


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  1. Starting Point: From the pay and display car park, follow a leafy lane towards the centre of Edale, passing the Ramble Inn and stopping outside The Old Nag’s Head. 
  2. Grinds Brook: Pass a street of stone-built cottages along the valley of Grinds Brook. Follow the finger sign into a wooded clough. 
  3. Ascend the Clough: Join the flagged path, passing a belt of tress and crossing over a stream. As the route steepens, cross to the opposite bank. Pass the side valley on your right as you near the head of the clough. 
  4. Kinder Plateau: Follow the Pennine Way across the Kinder Plateau to Kinder Downfall. 
  5. Crowden Tower: Walk the flagged path across Grindslow Knoll to reach the head of Crowden Clough. Turn right and head upstream. 
  6. Crowden Head: The route drops down before continuing northward, passing a cairn on the right marking the location of Crowden Head.   
  7. Kinder Downfall: Head north-west, dropping into a grough and following the watercourse downstream. Reach the head of Kinder Downfall. 
  8. Kinder Low: Follow the Pennine Way south, passing Kinder Low before reaching Swine’s Back. Follow the eroded path south-east, following the descent into the Vale of Edale.  
  9. Jacob’s Ladder: Head east, following a stepped path zigzagging downhill. Cross the narrow bridge at the foot of the slope, joining the track.  
  10. Farmyard Descent: Pass Lee House Farm on an access road until you reach Upper Booth Farm. Follow the sign through the farmyard along a path beneath the Kinder escarpment.  
  11. Return to Edale: Veer off at the wooden sign toward Peat Lane until you reach the Old Nag’s Head. 
  12. Return to the Car Park: Follow the lane out of Edale toward the pay and display car park. 
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