Climbing Kinder Scout: A walk from Edale up Grindsbrook Clough
Looking 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
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
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
The going starts to get a little more challenging
The path meanders side to side across the brook
The rugged trail continues to climb upwards
The scramble continues- looking back on a tough section of the Grinds Brook climb
Looking back on the climb while getting your breath back
The Views From the top. Kinder Scout- Upper Tor
Looking up to Grindslow Knoll back to the South
More sheep heading towards Crowden Tower
The serene Pym Chair
The rocky surreal landsacpe on 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