South Head & Edale Cross from Hayfield

A Hayfield walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 25/08/16

The village of Hayfield lies to the west of the highest land in the Peak District Park and this walk which lies wholly within Derbyshire offers some excellent walking. The outward route over Mount Famine offers good views and once Edale Cross is reached you are on the high moors. The return to Hayfield is full of interest too.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h25[?]
Distance Distance : 12.52km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 361m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 361m
Highest point Highest point : 556m
Lowest point Lowest point : 195m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Hayfield
Starting point Starting point : N 53.37918° / W 1.94856°
Download : GPX track


(D/A)Leave Hayfield car park and take the steps which lead you under the by-pass. You will pass the Kinder Mountain Rescue Teams Hut on left. Go straight on to the road in front of The George Hotel.(1)

Turn right on this road then first left only to bear to the right up Highgate Road, which is marked and named on the OS 1:25000 map. Keep on this narrow road as it climbs steadily providing views to the left of Kinder and the Downfall. Soon after passing a footpath sign on the left take the green path straight on. This joins a bridleway. Continue along this bridleway between stone walls until you reach the gate at its end.(2)

Go through the gate with Mount Famine on you left and continue straight on up the field following the footpath. You will then come to a further gate and a sign stating natural details of the area. Keep straight on. The hill on you right is South Head which is worth the climb as it offers good views. and it is worth climbing for the views, although take care that you don't go too far over and miss your turning. Just at the highest point on this path there is a footpath sign to your left, take the unsigned footpath straight on - not the bridleway that heads right.(3)

This pleasant path crosses the moor with further views of Kinder and in the valley the source of the River Sett. You will not get lost if you keep the fence close to you right. Away to your right is Brown Knoll, the summit of which is ignored by the path as it turns north to reach a bridleway. Turning right takes you to Edale via Jacob's Ladder while the path going straight on takes you up on to Kinder passing Edale Rocks on the way. We are turning left onto the bridleway, which climbs up before descending to pass Edale Cross on your right. This cross was first erected by the Cistercian Abbots of Besingweal Abbey, Holywell, North Wales to mark the boundary of the land they owned.(4)

Stay on the bridleway which descends and exits onto a road. Keeping straight on, the River Sett tumbles its way down and you cross it at several points until you and the Sett reach the River Kinder. Stay on the road to the bridge where there are some public toilets. Do not cross over the bridge but take the road to the camp site passing to the right of the camp site entrance building. Follow this footpath with the river on your right to reach a road and the centre of Hayfield.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: Hayfield car park
1 : km 0.27 - alt. km 0.27 - George Hotel
2 : km 2.7 - alt. km 2.7 - End of bridleway: continue through gate
3 : km 3.9 - alt. km 3.9 - Take unsigned path straight on
4 : km 6.81 - alt. km 6.81 - Turn left toward Edale Cross
D/A : km 12.52 - alt. km 12.52 - Finish: Hayfield car park

Useful Information

This walk visits the more remote areas to the east of Hayfield, includes good views and a safe crossing over the moors. The walk can be extended to include the Kinder Edges. The start is in the Hayfield Car Park (grid ref. SK036869) where a fee is payable.

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Opinions and comments


Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 2.50/4
Routemap quality : 3.50/4
Walk interest : 4.00/4
Global average : 3.33/4

on Mon 19 Feb 2018 11:45:54 CET : Re: South Head & Edale Cross from Hayfield

Date of walk : 18/02/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

A lovely walk. Not usually quiet but is quite remote so best to have a proper map etc, in case the weather closes in. Current route description is inadequate and confusing in places.

on Thu 19 Oct 2017 18:01:48 CEST : Re: South Head & Edale Cross from Hayfield

Date of walk : 29/09/17
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A fine walk (15km to Hayfield and back) and worth the short detour to Brown Knoll

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