The edges of Combs Moss near Chapel-en-le-Frith

A Chapel-en-le-Frith walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 18/12/16

Choose a day with good visibility and enjoy the excellent views from this excellent section of high ground.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 10.24km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 212m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 205m
Highest point Highest point : 503m
Lowest point Lowest point : 377m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Chapel-en-le-Frith
Starting point Starting point : N 53.30456° / W 1.92277°
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(D/A)The walk starts at the most northern point of the edge on a narrow lane between Combs village and Dove Holes. There is very limited parking on the side of the road by the new stile (Grid ref. SK052786) south of Bank Hall Farm. There is also a short public footpath from Chapel's Railway Station via Bank Hall Farm to the start. Head up the very steep hill path to the remains of an Iron Age Fort at Castle Naze. The gritstone cliffs in the vicinity are very popular with climbers.

(1)On reaching the top, turn right and follow the narrow path along Combs Edge with views of Combs Reservoir. The path continues to follow the wall. At Pyegreave Brook it cuts back into the moor before bearing west then swinging south east joining a 4x4 track from Allstone Lee Farm leading up to two substantial buildings for Grouse shooting parties.

(2)Still following the wall and edge, the track heads south west to the corner overlooking White Hall Centre and in the distance Fernilee & Errwood Reservoirs in the Goyt Valley. Still keeping the wall on your right, follow the path left to head south. The Old Buxton Road (Roman Road) and the busy newer Buxton A5004 road are clearly visible below.

(3)The path still follows the wall sweeping south towards Moss House Farm, with views now of Buxton and Axe Edge in the distance. Just after Lightwood Reservoir, below, the path cuts left up Flint Clough, no guessing what was found here, then doubles back to follow the wall again. We are now heading north along Black Edge towards the trig point.

(4)Its worth looking back here to see the vast Grouse moor, with the Dove Holes to Buxton road and, in the distance, Kinder Scout. The next name on the map is Hob Tor looking down on Dove Holes village then its Short Edge to the Iron Age Fort and a descent back to your start.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: lane between Combs village and Dove Holes
1 : km 0.32 - alt. km 0.32 - Castle Naze fort - turn right
2 : km 2.59 - alt. km 2.59 - Follow the wall and the edge southwest
3 : km 4.52 - alt. km 4.52 - Follow the wall south toward Moss House Farm
4 : km 7.95 - alt. km 7.95 - Continue along Black Edge towards Hob Tor
D/A : km 10.24 - alt. km 10.24 - Finish: lane between Combs village and Dove Holes

Useful Information

Walkers motoring between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton must have looked up to this moor on their right, which was always sadly lacking in footpaths with no right-of-ways or public access. Now, thanks to Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000, this area is "Open Access". This is a walk with fantastic views so choose a day with good visibility. The walk is also unique as there is only one path with no alternatives so instructions are minimal. A map is only required to pick out the start and the distant farms and peaks. Due the grouse moors, dogs are not permitted on sections of this route.

For accommodation in the local area, you can contact the N° 6 Litton Mill at

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

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 19 Nov 2018 21:22:05 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 04/11/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk. Initially a steep incline, but then a fairly steady walk around the edge with beautiful view across the peak district. Went wrong a little bit when crossing the moor about half way through. Good job I have walking maps on my phone, which navigated us back on track. Second part of the walk on the other side of the edge gave further view across the valley.

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on Sat 16 Dec 2017 15:14:59 CET

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Hikideas Moderator

on Mon 11 Dec 2017 02:50:16 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 02/11/17
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

I enjoyed this walk very much!

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