Sunday, 20 November 2011

Vale of Edale, Lose Hill and Mam Tor

A day walk around the valley of Edale and up onto Lose Hill and onwards to Mam Tor.
The route basically starts at The Old Nags Head pub and follows the valley bottom south of Kinder passing through Ollerbrook Booth, Nether Booth, Clough Farm, onto a short section of road,Car House Farm, Edale end, under a railway bridge (Bagshaw bridge on the OS map). We then follow the footpath past Oaker Farm until we reach a signpost for Townhead. Turning right up the footpath this takes us to the summit of Lose Hill then its a simple walk along the ridge to Back Tor, Hollins Cross and the Hill fort summit of Mam Tor. Finally we descent from Mam Tor back to Edale via Harden Clough. Time taken 5.5 hrs at a steady pace and rest stops to enjoy the views.

We Drove up to Edale on the Friday night and spent the night at Waterside campsite overlooking Broadlee-Bank Tor.

View from Waterside campsite over to Broadlee-Bank Tor

Once we got the tent sorted, we took the short walk into the village to have tea at the Ramblers inn.

Excellent food at the Ramblers Inn

 After a lovely meal washed down with a large glass of Vin Rouge, we headed back to the tent and settled in for the night with a cuppa and chat about the day ahead.

Next morning we awoke to a very different scene from the previous day...

It soon cleared up though and after a nice warm porridge we set off down the lane towards the Nags for the start of the walk

On the way we came across a sleepy horse!!

Lose Hill and Hollins Cross

He was a big boy!

And he was tiny!

Start of the climb onto Lose Hill

Castleton cement works from Lose Hill

Lose Hill top

Edale valley

Castleton and valley

Hollins Cross

Looking back towards Lose Hill on our way to Mam Tor

Mam Tor

 As we left The summit it started to rain, so we quickly made our way back to Edale via Harden Clough. A very enjoyable day walk, and a definite classic for those who love the Peak district. Thanks for reading :)

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