Rushup Edge & Edale from Mam Nick

This Peak District route is a classic offering some great views from Rushup Edge before dropping down to the picturesque dale above Edale. The route is rarely quiet and on good days there are usually many people enjoying this walk.

Technical sheet
No. 293196
A Peak Forest walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 25/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.56mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1325ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1325ft
Highest point Highest point : 1785ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 781ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Peak Forest
Starting point Starting point : N 53.34578° / W 1.81357°
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Description

(D/A)Start by climbing the steps from the back of Mam Nick car park near Castleton (grid ref. SK123832) to reach the road. Do not climb up to Mam Tor but cross the road on the left to follow the path up to Rushup Edge, heading west. Keep to the high path along this edge, stopping to take in the view of the dale from Lord's Seat, a little bit of high ground on the right just after one of the stiles.

(1)Return to the main upper path dropping down to a finger post sign (grid ref. 099829). Turn right here. This path descends to join a track called Chapel Gate with its broken tarred surface. Stay on this track to the bottom gate where you turn left to follow a wall on your right to the first stile (grid ref. 101840). Note a steep path comes down from the top of Chapel Track to this same point.

(2)Now head north passing a small building on the left then down into the trees and over a stream following the sign to 'Dalehead', which consists of a couple of buildings. Part of one of these has been converted into a very small walkers shelter. Pass between the buildings over the stile and footbridge then left at the fence with it's conservation sign. Follow this fence round to the right. You are now walking over the railway tunnel serving the Manchester to Sheffield Line. On you right is a large spoil heap and a brick smoke chimney converted to a diesel vent.

(3)Keep straight on behind a farm to reach a gate with white arrows directing you through the yard to the right of the building and out to the field ahead. Continue straight on, crossing a field with 'no footpath' signs on all the gates left and right. The path leads you to the corner of a barn. Do NOT cross over the fence here but walk up the field with the fence on your right to where some old gates and timber has been stacked, which you should cross over as best you can. Turn right down towards the farm and the notice regarding your rights of way to cross over the wall on the left using the steps. Then follow the footpath through some woods over a stream to the hamlet of Upper Booth with its friendly signs (grid ref 103853).

(4)Cross over the road into the farm ahead turning right to follow the Pennine Way to Edale. This is the alternative start to the Pennine Way from Edale, with the finish some 270 miles away at Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish Borders. The path is pleasant walking through the meadows and on reaching Edale village turn right. Follow the road out of the village to pass the Information Centre on your left, the Railway Station on your right and a large car park with toilets on your left. All of these can be used as an alternative start for this route.

(5)When you reach the T junction just past the last car park you should turn right and almost immediately left up the lane over the River Noe to pass Hardenclough Farm. Climbing steadily, stay on this lane to the end, which is marked by gates to a house - Greenlands. Climb over the stile on the left to follow the well worn path to reach the road on the northern side of Mam Nick. Head up the road and down the steps to the start.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1385ft - Start: Mam Nick car park
1 : mi 1.76 - alt. 1594ft - Finger post sign: turn right
2 : mi 2.47 - alt. 1093ft - Stile: head north
3 : mi 2.66 - alt. 1073ft - Railway tunnel: continue straight on
4 : mi 3.32 - alt. 932ft - Upper Booth: cross road onto Pennine Way
5 : mi 5.15 - alt. 784ft - T-junction: turn right
D/A : mi 6.56 - alt. 1385ft - Finish: Mam Nick car park

Useful Information

This walk starts from the Mam Nick car park near Castleton but can also be started from Edale Car Park or Edale railway station with references being made in the description of these alternative starting points. The walk could be graded as easy but for the long climb up from Edale to Mam Nick at the end of the day. Overall the route gives good views from Rushup Edge before dropping down to the picturesque dale above Edale and includes a section of the Pennine Way.

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Opinions and comments

Average

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


Walker
on Mon 29 Jul 2019 20:33:12 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 29/07/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Starting at Edale we did this walk with a 10 year old! The first hill is strenuous for a child, but with encouragement easily doable. The views to the north towards Kinder Scout when walking along the Rushup Edge are spectacular. The descent to the head of the valley isn't difficult although care needs to be taken. Great views back to Man Tor unfold as do views along the east of the valley towards Hope. The final leg following the Pennine Way back to Edale allows one to view the route followed earlier and take in the whole beautiful valley. Certainly a circular walk to be recommended on a clear day.


Walker
on Wed 06 Mar 2019 14:47:56 CET

Hi, I am scared of heights, especially paths where there is a visible drop one the side(s). Would this walk be unsuitable? Thanks!


Walker
on Wed 27 Jun 2018 22:06:24 CEST

Pleased to hear you enjoyed the walk! Please feel free to post any photos of the walk if you have any you would like to share


Walker
on Mon 25 Jun 2018 12:12:53 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 23/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A great walk on a beautiful day .....no complaints ......walk interest for us was excellent ... strenuous but we took the walk very steady as Hubster has had 2 heart attacks ....directions perfect ..route map excellent ...this is our first walk with Hikideas...but it will not be our last ...thank you Margaret & John Ryles

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