Climbing Kinder Scout: A walk from Edale up Grindsbrook Clough

Looking up to Kinder Scout from Edale

The view up to Kinder Scout from Edale
The view up to Kinder Scout from Edale

Kinder Scout- The highest point in the Peak District

The English Peak District is a popular area for outdoor enthusiasts- particularly walkers. The highest point of the Peak District is Kinder Scout. A moorland plateau with the highest point at 636 metres. The peak has a dense history in the industrial North of England as it was the point of the Mass Tresspass in 1932 which led to a governmental rethink on rights of access to the open countryside.

Walking from Edale

The Peak District village of Edale marks the start of the popular Pennine Way which meanders across the Pennine Hills of England from Derbyshire and through the North of England. Edale is a favourite start place for walkers within the Peak District with a choice of hills to climb or meander upwards as well as a number of great pubs, campsites and guesthouses (bed and breakfasts).

In the centre of Edale you'll find the Old Nags Head

The start of the walk up Kinder Scout from Edale- The Old Nags Head, Edale Hikers Bar. Follow the public footpath up the lane to the left of the pub.
The start of the walk up Kinder Scout from Edale- The Old Nags Head, Edale Hikers Bar. Follow the public footpath up the lane to the left of the pub. | Source

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Climbing Kinder Scout from Edale


From Edale you have two options for climbing Kinder Scout.

Go West on the signposted Pennine Way which is a moderately challenging climb. This route heads directly north from Edale up Grindsbrook Clough which is a more difficult and challenging route which is not recommended for inexperienced walkers or those with young children.

Climbing Kinder Scout via Grinds Brook

The path up Grindsbrook heads north out of Edale up the lane aside the Old Nags Head Public House and 'Hikers bar'. The lane carries on for a short while before taking a right turn to drop down and over Grinds Brook.

Take a right at the top of the lane on the way north out of Edale

The footpath turns right on the way north out of Edale village
The footpath turns right on the way north out of Edale village | Source
And drops down to a footbridge over Grinds Brook
And drops down to a footbridge over Grinds Brook | Source
The footpath follows the stones towards Kinder Scout along the edge of Grindsbrook Clough
The footpath follows the stones towards Kinder Scout along the edge of Grindsbrook Clough | Source

Tips for responsible walking in the Peak District

As you may be aware, our countryside is an often sensitive environment and to ensure that we can look keep our countryside for many other generations to enjoy it's important to follow a number of recommendations.

  • Stick to categorised trails, footpaths and bridleways where possible
  • Take any rubbish with you where possible or use any bins provided.
  • Keep dogs on leads
  • Make sure people know where you're going- it can get bleak on the tops of the Moors
  • Carry a waterproof/ warm clothes depending on the season as the weather can often change quickly

Looking back down the trail towards Edale

Looking back down the valley towards Edale having already gained plenty of height.
Looking back down the valley towards Edale having already gained plenty of height. | Source

The going starts to get a little more challenging

The going starts to get a little more rugged heading up towards Kinder Scout and Grindsbrook Clough
The going starts to get a little more rugged heading up towards Kinder Scout and Grindsbrook Clough | Source

The path meanders side to side across the brook

The path starts to vanish to be replaced by a scramble across the rocks further up Grinds Brook as you hop side to side along the brook
The path starts to vanish to be replaced by a scramble across the rocks further up Grinds Brook as you hop side to side along the brook | Source

The rugged trail continues to climb upwards

Scrambling further up Grinds Brook with Kinder Ridge on the Horizon.
Scrambling further up Grinds Brook with Kinder Ridge on the Horizon. | Source
Even More of a scramble higher up the trail as you climb up between the haystacks towards Kinder Ridge
Even More of a scramble higher up the trail as you climb up between the haystacks towards Kinder Ridge | Source

The scramble continues- looking back on a tough section of the Grinds Brook climb

Looking back down Grinds Brook which shows the rugged scramble just achieved and Kinder Ridge in the distance
Looking back down Grinds Brook which shows the rugged scramble just achieved and Kinder Ridge in the distance

Looking back on the climb while getting your breath back

The View back down Grindsbrook Clough from Kinder Scout Plateau
The View back down Grindsbrook Clough from Kinder Scout Plateau

The Views From the top. Kinder Scout- Upper Tor

The view of Upper Tor from the top of Grinds Brook after a momentus and challenging climb
The view of Upper Tor from the top of Grinds Brook after a momentus and challenging climb | Source

Looking up to Grindslow Knoll back to the South

Sheep on the top of Kinder Scout with a view up to Grindslow Knoll
Sheep on the top of Kinder Scout with a view up to Grindslow Knoll

More sheep heading towards Crowden Tower

More sheep heading towards Crowden Tower on the rock ridge path
More sheep heading towards Crowden Tower on the rock ridge path

The serene Pym Chair

Pym Chair. Have a seat and look down on Edale
Pym Chair. Have a seat and look down on Edale

The rocky surreal landsacpe on Kinder Scout

The almost lunar landscape on the moorland top of Kinder Scout
The almost lunar landscape on the moorland top of Kinder Scout

After walking over the top of Kinder Scout you can see the Pennine Way

The Pennine Way is a long distance path which starts in Edale, heading over to Barber Booth and then travels over the Pennine's. The Peak District forms the southernmost point of the Pennine's which make their way up to the North West of England. It can make a fantastic long distance walking trip through the seemingly remote Pennine Hills despite the fact that you're never quite far away from civilisation.

This walk heads back along the Pennine Way back to Edale via the amazing Jacobs Ladder

Looking Down on the Pennine Way

Looking down on the Pennine Way from Kinder Scout knowing that's where you're heading
Looking down on the Pennine Way from Kinder Scout knowing that's where you're heading | Source

Dropping down towards the Pennine Way

Looking down the Pennine Way snaking it's way down to Barber Booth in Edale. Mam Tor is in the distance
Looking down the Pennine Way snaking it's way down to Barber Booth in Edale. Mam Tor is in the distance | Source

Walkers making their way along the Pennine Way

The hoards of walkers making their way up the Pennine Way from Barber Booth on a Sunday morning
The hoards of walkers making their way up the Pennine Way from Barber Booth on a Sunday morning | Source

Head left at Edale Cross to join the Pennine Way

Edale Cross. Left goes down to Barber Booth along the Pennine Way. Right to Hayfield
Edale Cross. Left goes down to Barber Booth along the Pennine Way. Right to Hayfield

Heading back to Edale via Jacobs Ladder

Follow the steep Jacobs Ladder back down towards Edale- beware it's steep!
Follow the steep Jacobs Ladder back down towards Edale- beware it's steep! | Source

Head down jacobs ladder

The rugged steep path down Jacobs Ladder
The rugged steep path down Jacobs Ladder | Source
Jacobs Ladder in the Peak District National Park sign
Jacobs Ladder in the Peak District National Park sign | Source

Heading back along the Pennine Way

Heading back down the Pennine Way towards Barber Booth with Mam Tor in the distance
Heading back down the Pennine Way towards Barber Booth with Mam Tor in the distance | Source

The path hits a farm en route with a fantastic stool

A gloirous stool at Lee House Farm, Barber Booth
A gloirous stool at Lee House Farm, Barber Booth

Take a left further down the road at Upper Booth and head towards Broadlee Bank Tor

The Pennine Way takes a left turn at Upper Booth back twoards Edale Village
The Pennine Way takes a left turn at Upper Booth back twoards Edale Village | Source
Key your eyes out for Pennine Way signs along the route back to Edale
Key your eyes out for Pennine Way signs along the route back to Edale | Source
Interesting tiles on the wall in Upper Booth
Interesting tiles on the wall in Upper Booth | Source

The View of Mam Tor and Mam Nick road climb from Broadlee Tor on the Pennine Way

Looking out at Mam Tor and the Mam Nick road climb from Broadlee Tor on the Pennine Way
Looking out at Mam Tor and the Mam Nick road climb from Broadlee Tor on the Pennine Way

The final Pennine Way signpost before Edale- you're nearly there

The final Pennine Way signpost before Edale which tkaes you back to the start and a well earned pint in the Old Nags Head- But only if you're not driving.
The final Pennine Way signpost before Edale which takes you back to the start and a well earned pint in the Old Nags Head- But only if you're not driving. | Source

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jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Hello cycling,

glad it turned up as I thought my comment had floated away.

Tonight is a big 'Happening' on Mam Tor---Meteorites are having a party........ best from jandee


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Wow Jandee. Glad I could take you back to the Peaks. Theres too much to show than show just a few photos!

I hope this inspires you to finish your kinder poem. Please le me know once you have done it as I would love to read. CF


jandee 4 years ago

This has to be the BEST hub I have had the pleasure of reading..........

Well I would have to say that wouldn't I !!

Wow! You have taken me back to many years ago to my wonderful pennines.

I was thinking,when reading it,why isn't he giving 'jacobs' a mention ? We used to go up Jacobs at the start and I can still feel the pain in my legs ! great times!!!

Then you did !! I can smell the place,I can feel the sheepswool caught on the barbed wire as we approached jacobs,I can feel the cooling water on my hot blistered feet as we dragged our boots off and plunged them into the soothing reservoir, Happy,happy days

A Year ago I wrote a poem about kinder and it is half published--lazy me !!

Thanks cycling. loved it ,

best from jandee,


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK Author

Thats a little unfair on you Judy. There's such a beauty to the Mountains that your husband is definitely missing out on. Wouldn't you do it without your husband?


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Very beautiful photos - would love to walk in the Peak District but my husband won't go anywhere where there isn't surf, so I'll have to make do with your photos!

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