Win Hill from Hope

A rewarding ascent of a Peak District hill that offers fine views into Edale. An ascent of Win Hill includes a stiff climb onto the ridge but otherwise this a an easy and relaxing walk.

Technical sheet
A Hope walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 17/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h45[?]
Distance Distance : 6.7mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 892ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 892ft
Highest point Highest point : 1450ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 558ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Hope
Starting point Starting point : N 53.34817° / W 1.74521°
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Description

(D)After parking take the Edale Road (opposite the church), pass the primary school on your left then turn right down a lane marked "no through road" - Bowden Lane. Cross a stone bridge carry straight on and go under a railway arch. Turn right immediately after the arch along a track signposted Twitchill Farm Cottages (grid ref. SK172842). Follow the track uphill to Twitchill Farm.

(1) At Twitchill Farm, continue through the yard and following the clearly marked right of way climb steeply up through a field. The path crosses a stile and enters rougher ground. Continue the climb with constantly improving views making the ascent more enjoyable. The path ahead is clear and quite soon you will be able to see the rocky outcrops that mark the summit of Win Hill. Crossing a fence you reach the main ridge path (grid ref. SK183850) that links the summit of Win Hill with Hope Cross. Turn right on this and continue to the summit. To gain the trig column you can either take the path or for the more adventurous a mild scramble over the rocks will give you more direct access.

(2)Having enjoyed the view retrace your steps and follow the main ridge path towards Hope Cross. The broad path heads west at first but soon swings north-westerly with superb views into Edale and across to Kinder on your left. The path undulates across rough pasture and then runs along side a forestry plantation on your right, eventually reaching Hope Cross.

(3)Descending back down southeast from Hope Cross, stay on the path until you reach a broken wall at grid ref. SK165868 (approx.). Turn left downhill alongside the wall to meet a broad track descending into the valley. Turn left on this and descend towards Hope. The track joins a tarmac lane (grid ref. SK170853) which you follow until the lane bends sharp right near Fullwood Farm (grid ref. SK170848).

(4)Here you leave the lane and take the signed footpath on your left. This leads across fields to reach another lane. Continue down the lane bearing right under the railway bridge, which you used near the beginning of the walk. Follow the lane up to the Edale Road and turn left to reach the centre of Hope village.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Start: Hope village
1 : mi 1.03 - alt. mi 1.03 - Twitchill Farm
2 : mi 1.68 - alt. mi 1.68 - Win Hill
3 : mi 3.97 - alt. mi 3.97 - Hope Cross
4 : mi 5.69 - alt. mi 5.69 - Fullwood Farm
D/A : mi 6.7 - alt. mi 6.7 - Finish: Hope village

Useful Information

Win Hill occupies a wonderful position near the village of Hope. The views from the summit are superb with Lose Hill and the Castleton Ridge, Edale, the moors of Kinder Scout, Ladybower Reservoir and the wild moors and edges of the eastern Peak District all included in a glorious panorama. The walk includes a variety of landscapes and does include one section of fairly steep uphill walking. However there are plenty of excuses to stop and enjoy the view during the climb.

The start is the village of Hope, which lies on the A6187 between Hathersage and Castleton in the Peak District National Park. Parking is available on the south side of the A6187 (Grid ref. SK171834) and in other parts of the village. However do remember to park considerately. The village has a number of cafes, pubs and shops.

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

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.7/5
Number of opinions : 9
Description quality : 4.56/5
Routemap quality : 4.78/5
Walk interest : 4.78/5


Walker
on Mon 22 Jul 2019 11:26:15 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 16/07/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a great walk, and very well structured in that all the hard work - climbing up Win Hill - is towards the beginning, so you can enjoy the amazing views at the top while having your lunchtime picnic. After that the walk goes along the ridge and down (changing direction sharply at the not terribly distinctive Hope Cross) so there is no more climbing. I did the whole thing in just over three hours. My only quibble is that the walk instructions seem to assume you are arriving by car, whereas actually a lot of walkers come to Hope by train from Manchester or Sheffield. So it is probably worth adding in that it is a 15-minute walk along the main road from the station to the start point in the car park (and the conveniences), there is grass verge or pavements the whole way so it is quite safe. I can recommend the cream tea in the Old Hall Hotel for afterwards, only £4.75!


Walker
on Mon 01 Apr 2019 09:12:18 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 31/03/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Very steep, but the views at the top are worth it. I plan to do this again, but maybe add on Lose Hill, Back Tor, and Mam Tor to add to the challenge


Walker
on Thu 14 Feb 2019 16:50:47 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 14/02/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

the route map and directions are very good, however if completing this walk it needs to be understood that hope cross isnt actually a cross, it is a stone plinth with a square rock on top with Glossop and Sheffield etched into the sides. We sat and discussed this as we reached it but it did not click that this was the marker for turning left. This did not take anything away from our walk but only enhanced it as we did a further 5km by following the woods and turning left down a farm track, coming back up the road to pick up the walk again


Moderator hiker
on Fri 07 Sep 2018 14:59:52 CEST

Thank you for your feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed the walk


Walker
on Mon 03 Sep 2018 10:27:06 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 03/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

What a lovely walk! I needed a hike from Hope as I was there over the weekend with no access to the car while camping. This was perfect - very well explained and the perfect length. I really enjoyed it. Thank you!


Walker
on Mon 27 Aug 2018 10:55:17 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 27/08/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

a steep climb but worth it for the fantastic views


Walker
on Mon 02 Jul 2018 13:03:38 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 01/07/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Fabulous walk - 1.7 mile ascent in 30 well rewarded by the 360 degree views from the top - highly recommended


Moderator hiker
on Wed 13 Jun 2018 17:21:53 CEST

Many thanks for your feedback. If you have any photos of the walk please feel free to post them for future walkers!


Walker
on Mon 11 Jun 2018 10:57:32 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 10/06/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Win Hill from Hope . After an initial steep ascent the walk was relatively easy . Started walking around 9 am , weather dry but a bit misty and as we made our ascent the mist got thicker and so hid all the views , but as we reached the summit of Win hill the sun started to burn through the mist and in no time it had cleared to reveal fabulous panoramic views of the Hope valley, Ladybower and all the surrounding areas . After soaking up the wonderful views and a drink and bite to eat , we made our descent on and along to Aston and Brough and back to Hope . Went with my wife and we both found it a really enjoyable walk .
Great directions , great walk with some degree of a challenge, fabulous views .


Walker
on Mon 23 Apr 2018 09:02:22 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 21/04/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent directions. Perfect walk , medium challenge, spectacular views


Walker
on Sat 30 Dec 2017 14:38:24 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 22/12/17
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

After a steep relatively short ascent it’s all plain sailing. We walked in wind and misty fog so missed the views. One to revisit on a better day.

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