Kinder Scout : Derbyshire

by | Jan 15, 2020 | Derbyshire, Go Outside, Walking

Route Information

An out-and-return circular walk Via Jacob’s Ladder

Route Difficulty: Medium

Distance: 13.93 km (8.71 miles)

Route Elevation: 633m

Route Time: 3-5 hrs

Start and Finish: The Old Nags Head, Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZD

Depending on the featured walk and especially in mountainous areas, you may need to Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in to your own pace.


There are toilets at Edale Car Park and numerous place to eat and drink including The Old Nags Head, The Rambler Inn and The Penny Pot cafe.


The ground underfoot on the Plateau can be tricky in the best of conditions and the paths can be difficult to find in certain places. In low clould this could become a problem so make sure you have the right attire and a map.

The Urban Ranger Website cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent, and to be able to read a map and use a compass. Plan your route properly with the latest advice from the AdventureSmart website

Public Transport

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Weather Forecast

Kinder Low Weather


Kinder Scout is possibly the most famous walk in the country given it was the scene of a mass trespass in 1932. Follow in the footsteps of people who helped change the right to walk on previously private land.

Parking in Edale can be tricky so i would suggest you use the car park, as it was a Monday i managed to park right outside the nursery facing the Old Nags Head pub. The walk takes you straight on to the Pennine Way made famous in 1932 for the mass trespass that started the ability to walk the country that had previously been classed as private land. Any walker should be thankful for the mass trespass and this place is where it all started.

Kinder Scout is a moorland plateau and National Nature Reserve in the dark peak of the Derbyshire Peak District. Part of the moor, at 2,087 ft above sea level, is the highest point in the Peak District.

Follow the Pennine Way through Upper Booth and continue until you get to the foot of Jacob’s Ladder. Head up the steps of Jacob’s Ladder which can take the wind out of your sails due to it’s steady climb up towards Swine Beck.  Once at Swine Beck take the path to the right and head up through Edale Rocks towards Kinder Low.

There are some great rock formations along this part of the route and eventually you will reach the cairn at Kinder Low. You should have some pretty good views across to the west in good weather and also to the south east weather permitting. The view to the west of Kinder Reservoir and Manchester beyond at north west are pleasing to the eye.

Continue from the cairn north and follow the Pennine Way until you get to Kinder Downfall at which point you will head right towards Kinder Gates. The Plateau can be very boggy and difficult underfoot and this is the case all year around, so good footwear is recommended.

Head across the plateau towards Kinder Scout and through Edale Moor, this can be confusing to find the correct path so stay alert. You will then skirt the northern edge of Fox Holes and Grindsbrook Clough as you start your descent back down to Edale.  The path should follow Grinds Brook past Heardman’s Plantation.

A really enjoyable walk with stunning views when the weather is clear, when it is not, make sure you keep to the path and do not get lost, its and easy mistake to make.

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