Old Dam & Sparrowpit from Mam Tor

A Peak District walk that includes some less walked areas of the National Park. The route uses a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet country lanes and includes walking the main ridge of Rushup Edge.

Technical sheet
No. 293079
A Castleton walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 18/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h00[?]
Distance Distance : 8.95mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1040ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1024ft
Highest point Highest point : 1804ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1040ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Castleton
Starting point Starting point : N 53.34541° / W 1.80794°
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Description

(D)After parking on the old road below Mam Tor (grid ref. SK129832), take the road south and continue on the path across Windy Knoll. Cross straight over the road (grid ref. SK126826) and take the track up past Rowter Farm. As you pass the farm there are some good views behind you to Mam Tor. Carry on along the track then turn left at the end onto another limestone track. When this meets the Limestone Way at the next gate (grid ref. SK135812), turn right over Old Moor and follow the Limestone Way for 500 metres.

(1)Take the bridleway that goes off on your right through the gate in the wall (grid ref. SK132806). Follow this as it becomes a track and leads past Oxlow Rake to Woodside Farm and Oxlow End. Turn left on the road down to Old Dam Road then right along the road into Old Dam.

(2)Take the road straight on out of the village which leads up Perry Dale and is part of the Pennine Bridleway. Before you get to Perryfoot turn left up into the wood and take the path that follows an old lead mining rake vein up the hillside below Gautries Hill and the old Coalpit Hole lead mine.

(3)Continue across the fields to Sparrowpit and come out onto the road through the Memorial Hall car park. Turn left towards the Wanted Inn (worth a detour at the end of the walk) then off right through the farmyard, just before the road to Blackbrook, on a path signed to Rushup & Castleton. Pass Rushup Farm and head on across the fields to Rushop Hall. As you climb up the northern side of the Rushop valley you have good views back into it - an odd little valley bowl surrounded on all sides by the hills that overlook the much more impressive Edale, Hope, and Chapel-en-le-Frith valleys.

(4)Turn left on the road in front of Rushop Hall then at the road junction at the top, cross over and take the path that runs alongside the road and leads up to Lords Seat. You now have the views down into the Edale valley. Continue along towards Mam Tor then cross the "Mam Nick" road and take the path over the field downhill to the parking.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1283ft - Start: Mam Tor car park
1 : mi 1.86 - alt. 1394ft - Take bridleway to right
2 : mi 3.24 - alt. 1043ft - Take road up to Perry Dale
3 : mi 4.74 - alt. 1289ft - Continue past Gautries Hill
4 : mi 6.15 - alt. 1250ft - Take road to left at Rushup Hall
D/A : mi 8.95 - alt. 1283ft - Finish: Mam Tor car park

Useful Information

With the obvious attractions of the Edale loop, the countryside to the south is less dramatic but worth a look. This walk covers the limestone moors and dales to the west of Winnats pass and takes in part of the Limestone Way and Pennine Bridleway.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5


Walker
on Tue 03 Jul 2018 11:17:45 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 27/06/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Good walk nice views great to stop halfway round for lunch

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