Grindsbrook and Edale Head from Edale

A Edale walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 01/09/16

Grindsbrook and Edale Head are two of the highlights of this Peak District walk from Edale. Superb walking high above Edale on the Kinder Scout Plateau provides excellent views over this part of Derbyshire. Choose a good day for this route as poor weather makes navigation tricky.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h40[?]
Distance Distance : 12.58km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 458m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 459m
Highest point Highest point : 618m
Lowest point Lowest point : 240m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Edale
Starting point Starting point : N 53.36421° / W 1.81567°
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Description

(D/A) Parking in Edale can be a problem especially at weekends and in fine weather so an early start is probably a good idea. From the car park (or station) head north into the village passing an excellent Tourist Information Centre on the right hand side of the lane. Continuing on the road you reach the Nag's Head pub, the official start or end of the Pennine Way. Shortly after the pub the way-marked footpath turns right and descends to cross Grinds Brook. The path soon divides and you should stay on the paved valley path as it heads into the narrowing Grindsbrook Cough. On your right the gritstone edges provide a clear idea of how high you need to climb.

(1) As you continue further up Grindsbrook the valley narrows, the paved path finishes and the route becomes more interesting. The higher you climb, the rougher the path although nowhere can it be classed as difficult. As you near the top of the Clough it swings right to enter a mini-gorge. Instead of following the stream, keep straight on and climb up on to the plateau. It is a little rough and some handwork may be necessary. The climbing now over, you will find plenty of rocks on which to rest - perhaps watching fellow walkers struggle up the last few feet onto Kinder's wild moorland plateau.

(2) In poor visibility, Kinder can be a confusing place to be and accurate compass work is essential. However if you are blessed with fine weather the high level walking is a pleasure with good views to your left. Occasional boggy sections can be an annoyance but with care dry feet should be maintained with off-path diversions. Leaving the original route of the Pennine Way you head west. The start of the path is a little uncertain leaving Grindsbrook Clough but once located is easy to follow. In contrast to the close confines of Grindsbrook Clough you now have the benefit of open upland with interest added to the walk by the numerous exposed eroded rocks that litter the landscape. Many have interesting names although it is sometimes hard to establish how they came about.

(3) Keeping in a westerly direction you reach Crowden Tower, shortly followed by the Wool Packs. Crossing Edale Head, you will see Edale Rocks, below which the path contours to reach the broad col just to the east of Edale Cross. The latter antiquity is worth a diversion if you have time and indicated how long the next section of the walk has been used as a trade route. From here back to Edale you follow the current route of the Pennine Way and as expected it is well maintained and easy walking. Turning east there is a steep descent down Jacob's Ladder, which once saw regular pack horse traffic, to reach a pretty stone bridge across the infant River Noe.

(4) The final section of the route is easy walking. The next objective is Upper Booth farm where the path enters the farmyard with clear signs indicating the onward route to Edale. To your left there are excellent views of Crowden Clough while on the right Rushup Edge, Mam Tor and the Castleton Ridge provide a wonderful panorama. Crossing fields you soon reach the Nag's Head with a stroll down the lane to your car completing the walk(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Edale
1 : km 1.4 - alt. km 1.4 - Continue further up
2 : km 3.4 - alt. km 3.4 - Kinder
3 : km 5.01 - alt. km 5.01 - Crowden Tower
4 : km 8.15 - alt. km 8.15 - Stone bridge
D/A : km 12.58 - alt. km 12.58

Useful Information

The Kinder Plateau provides a wonderful excuse for putting on your walking boots. This walk starts from the main car park in Edale (grid ref. SK124853) and for once there is a viable public transport option with Edale station served by trains on the Manchester and Stockport to Sheffield route. The walk itself provides two contrasting sections of scenery with the wild moorland of Kinder contrasting with the lush pastures of Edale. All of the route is over clear footpaths although after wet weather expect some boggy ground on the Kinder plateau. In addition, you sample part of the Pennine Way with the outward route covering the original start to this long distance footpath while you return to Edale over the current recommended path.

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

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.75/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.75/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Sat 13 Oct 2018 16:21:38 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 09/10/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

It was a long time since we had been up Grindsbrook and had forgotten how early the clambering does start; there is a path but need to concentrate. We actually took the right hand path the route tells you to avoid; again there is a path but some serious hands on clambering needed - don't go this way if its been raining as you do go through the brook.
Once on the tops the views made it all worth while as it was a glorious sunny day.
Coming down the steep path before Jacobs Ladder was hard on the knees as you are descending for a long time and it is mainly loose shale type soil until you actually get on to the Ladder.
The route back to Edale is a hard as it is uphill again (a relentless slog over the fields my wife says) which is tiring after 4 hours & 6-7 miles, but there is a clear paved path in to the pub - you will have earned it.
Total walk took about 4 and half hours with lots of photo stops


Walker
on Tue 21 Aug 2018 22:19:37 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 21/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

12 of us enjoyed this walk well posted and easy to follow. It took use a hour longer than listing. But we where all over 60.


Walker
on Mon 13 Aug 2018 22:28:28 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 13/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Loved this walk. The enclosed valley which begins the walk is a delight and the grunt up the rock slope to reach the tops is well worth it. Fantastic rock formations along the tops - better than Kinder in my opinion, and great views both down into Edale and across the Peak District. Jacobs Ladder on the return leg is an annoyance rather than enjoyable but it's the same for everyone. Be aware that if you forget to look at the profile the small rise just before the return to Edale is a bit of a surprise. AND Upper Booth Farm sell local Ice Cream just close enough to the finish to justify the purchase.


Walker
on Mon 23 Jul 2018 17:27:42 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 19/07/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

An excellent walk, just a bit of a trek back to th car park after descending Jacobs Ladder. We were lucky enough to do the walk on a clear, sunny day. May be more difficult in less favourable conditions

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