Mam Tor Circular Walk

Mam Tor Circular Walk

Discover the unparalleled allure of Mam Tor with a circular walk that takes you on a journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Peak District.

The stone-surfaced footpath from the car park to the summit of Mam Tor offers a rewarding experience, leading you to an elevated viewpoint where the Edale Valley unfolds below. Gaze northward and be captivated by the majestic vistas of Kinder Scout and the enchanting Derwent Moors.

This circular route not only surrounds Mam Tor with awe-inspiring scenery but also invites you to immerse yourself in the natural wonders that define the charm of the Peak District.

Prepare to be enchanted by the dramatic splendor that unfolds along this memorable trail…

Step into the embrace of Mam Tor, the ‘shivering mountain,’ an iconic gem that presides over the picturesque surroundings of Castleton in the Peak District. This marvel stands proudly in the south of the Dark Peaks, offering a breathtaking panorama that stretches over the White Peaks and the scenic gorge at Winnats Pass.

Discover the standout features of the Mam Tor Circular Walk:

Majestic Summit Panorama: Ascend the slopes of Mam Tor, reaching 1,696 ft above sea level, where you can soak in the most magnificent views across the Peak District and snap a memorable photograph or two!

Historic Crown of Mam Tor: Explore the rich history embedded in the crown of Mam Tor, adorned with the remnants of late Bronze Age and early Iron Age settlements, including a hill fort. Walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations and connect with the past in this captivating archaeological setting.

Dynamic Landscape Evolution: Witness the geological drama of Mam Tor, aptly named the ‘mother hill,’ as it continuously evolves through landslides, shaping the surrounding hills.

Scenic Overlooks: Indulge in the enchanting views from Mam Tor that have captivated generations, gazing over Stanage Edge, the Vale of Edale, and the Hope Valley.

Please note that this walk is extremely popular and can be busy on weekends. Be sure to plan ahead.


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  1. Starting Point: Climb steps at the car park’s top, follow the path by the road to a small gate with a National Trust sign. Go through the gate, veering left.
  2. Ascend to Mam Tor: Ascend stone steps until the ground levels just below the summit of Mam Tor.
  3. Summit Experience: Follow the stepped and stone-pitched path, rebuilt by the estate team, to reach the summit.
  4. Ridge Exploration: After enjoying views from the trig point, follow the flagstone path north along the ridge until it becomes steeper.
  5. Monumental Descent: Continue down the path to a small monument in a dip in the ridge.
  6. Woodland Skirt: Turn right, downhill towards Mam Tor, take the right fork before the trees, skirting around the woods. Follow the path to the road.
  7. Road Ascent: Walk up the road, through a gate, to a broken road caused by a landslide.
  8. Cavern Exploration: Continue up the broken road, pass through a gate and parking area. Turn left down the track to Blue John Cavern. Explore the show cave (not National Trust) with the rare mineral.
  9. Hilltop Circuit: Pass the mine entrance building, go through a small gate, and up a grassy path. Bear right at the hilltop, go through a gate, cross the field and road, take the left fork uphill to the entrance of Windy Knoll cave. Do not enter due to recent rockfalls.
  10. Return to Mam Nick: From the cave, cross the field to a small gate by the road. Cross this road and walk along the grass verge back to the Mam Nick car park.
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