Peak District walk around Mam Tor and Hope Valley, Derbyshire
The Hope valley contains an unrivalled mixture of scenery, with limestone crags and dales on one side and the shale hills of Mam Tor, Lose Hill and Win Hill on the other. This circuit takes you around the head of the valley.
The Hope valley is one of the most attractive areas of the Peak and contains an unrivalled mixture of scenery, with limestone crags and dales on one side and the shale hills of Mam Tor, Lose Hill and Win Hill on the other. This circuit takes you around the head of the valley to sample some of the highlights of the area.
Start in the centre of Castleton and walk up past the church into the main square behind. Take the narrow road out of the south-west corner of the square, which leads to Peak Cavern, but after crossing Peakshole water continue past the cavern entrance and along to the end of Goosehill - which was once the main route up to Peveril Castle.
Mam Tor is a magnificent viewpoint with a panoramic view of the Hope Valley and an equally fine one over Edale to Kinder Scout. It's also one of the easiest viewpoints to reach, so it can be a crowded spot in summer. Because it seems to collect the wind from all quarters it is popular with hanggliding enthusiasts and if the wind is from the east you will probably find hanggliders and paragliders taking off from the summit area, jumping straight off the cliff - pretty impressive stuff.
From the summit of Lose Hill a wide path descends to Hope. Go down it for 300 metres to a large pile of stones and there cross the fence on your right to follow a path which descends to Crimea Farm (Losehill Farm on the map). Go around the farm and down the track which leads up to it. At the next farm, Spring House, turn right and walk behind Losehill Hall and continue in the same direction across fields and a small stream to reach the track which leads back into Castleton.
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