Ringing Roger & Edale Cross from Edale

This Peak District walk starts from Edale village and climbs onto Kinder Scout via Ringing Roger. The route provides rough moorland walking on relatively quiet paths and includes Upper Grindsbrook, Crowden Brook and Edale Cross before descending Jacob's Ladder on the return to Edale.

Technical sheet
No. 292967
A Edale walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 11/10/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h45[?]
Distance Distance : 9.16mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1719ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1719ft
Highest point Highest point : 2018ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 787ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Edale
Starting point Starting point : N 53.36401° / W 1.81555°
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(D)Exit the car park by the toilets and turn right along the road passing beneath the railway. Continue along this road to its end and take the signed path the Grinds Brook. The path drops to cross the stream via a bridge before continuing up the valley. You only need to stay on the main path for a short way going half right across grass up to a gate/stile and into open country. The onward path zigzags up the hillside with the rocky spur known as Ringing Roger clearly in view ahead. Reaching the base of Ringing Roger you can either scramble up through rocks to reach its summit area or continue along the western flank to exit onto the moor.

(1)Assuming you have opted for the scramble and have reached the top of Ringing Roger , you should follow the left-hand clear path which offers good views into Grindsbrook Clough far below on your left. This path then follows the edge and continues in a roughly westerly direction past Nether Tor and Upper Tor to reach a crossing of Grinds Brook (Grid ref. SK 106876) with its small 'canyon'. With the edge still on your left continue on the path to reach a path junction (Grid ref. SK 105872). Bear right here and continue across peaty moorland to reach the point where Crowden Brook descends into the valley (SK 095873).

(2)There are many subsidiary paths on the next section which are confusing in poor visibility. However following a generally westerly route you will pass the gritstone outcrops of the Wool Packs, Pym Chair and Noel Stool to join the Pennine Way (Grid ref. SK 080865) leading you to a 'crossroads' of paths (Grid ref. SK 081861).

(3)Turn left and, following the Pennine Way, descend Jacob's Ladder into the Vale of Edale. Ahead you can see Rushup Edge, Mam Tor and the Castleton Ridge to Lose Hill. Reach a pleasant bridge over the River Noe the path becomes a track and quick progress is made to the small community of Upper Booth.

(4)Turn left between the buildings to locate the clearly marked onward route of the Pennine Way. The path ascends to cross the flank of Broadlee Bank before continuing across fields to reach the lane used on the outward route. Turn right and return to the car park.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 787ft - Edale main car park
1 : mi 1.55 - alt. 1526ft - Ringing Roger
2 : mi 4.11 - alt. 1955ft - Crowden Brook
3 : mi 6.03 - alt. 1493ft - Jacob's Ladder
4 : mi 7.32 - alt. 925ft - Upper Booth
D/A : mi 9.16 - alt. 787ft - Edale main car park

Useful Information

Kinder Scout and its associated area of high moorland plateau provides some of the best walks in the Peak District National Park. This walk starts from the main car park in Edale (grid ref 124853) and for once there is public transport option with Edale station served by trains on the Manchester and Stockport to Sheffield route. This route, although it follows clear paths, can be confusing in poor visibility.

Notes : If visibility is poor then this route can be confusing. It is recommended that you follow your progress on a 1:25000 map ensuring that you have correctly identified the various landmarks. The section from Crowden Tower to the Pennine Way is particularly confusing despite there being some sections of paved path.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Wed 22 May 2019 14:14:23 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 15/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Highly recommend this route!!!

Scenic views, the ascent on Ringing Roger is quite challenging due to the gradient, but it is a a good workout for the legs & great cardio. I have done this a few times now as I am training for an ultra challenge and find it one of the best training grounds in Edale / Hope. I have also done the route in reverse way (starting from Pennine Way) and I found it more challenging (more ascent) thus goes a bit slower, but it is very rewarding. The map and instructions are very easy to follow and accurate, really appreciate to have come across this route.

on Mon 06 May 2019 10:36:02 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 05/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Great walk! We managed it in 5 hours and that was with a short diversion to Grindslow Knoll. Stunning views, probably better than the walk East from Ringing Roger towards Hope Cross. The ground is heavier going on this walk though, it is mostly uneven and rocky although there are areas that have been paved to save the heather and bracken around. The ascent up Ringing Roger always gets me as it goes on for a while! I didn't pay enough attention to the instructions after we descended Jacobs Ladder and entered the village of Upper Booth however and we lost the Pennine way sign between the houses and ended up on the road at Barber Booth but soon found another footpath back to Edale and the train station area where we had parked in the overspill field. Highly recommended!

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