Peak District Walks
Mam Tor & Lose Hill
Date: 21st January 2006
Distance: 7.4 miles
Ascent: 1676 feet
Time: 4 hours 30 mins
Start Grid Ref: SK149829
My first walk in the Peak District included Mam Tor and Lose Hill on the Great Ridge.
Route Summary: Castleton - Cave Dale - Windy Knoll - Mam Tor - Hollins Cross - Back Tor - Lose Hill - Crimea Farm - Losehill Farm - Castleton
1. Peveril Castle and Cavedale
2. Lose Hill from above Cavedale
3. Mam Tor
4. Rushup Edge from Mam Tor
5. Paraglider over Edale
6. Edale from Mam Tor
7. East along the Great Ridge
8. Edale Back Tor
9. On Back Tor looking over Edale
10. Win Hill from Lose Hill
Walk Detail: While I had visited the Peak District before this was the first time since I had taken up fellwalking as a hobby in 2004. After initially walking south-west through Cavedale along the Limestone Way we then turned back north-west along some fairly dull pastures towards Windy Knoll. Along the way Lisa slipped and landed awkwardly on her coccyx which gave her some discomfort for the rest of the walk.
Mam Tor while certainly not one of the higher tops in the Peak District is certainly one of its most striking. A constructed path gave fairly easy access to the top which proved to be extremely busy as a large party of paragliders had taken up station testing out the uplifts over Edale.
During lunch on Mam Tor (Baxter's French Onion soup - lovely!!) Lisa, despite her earlier accident, expressed an interest in walking along the rest of the ridge to Lose Hill. I didn't need a second invitation and the section east over the Great Ridge proved to be a real delight with Edale Back Tor and Lose Hill proving to be excellent viewpoints.
Unfortunately the return to Castleton was not so good. The farm paths from the area around Crimea Farm back to Castleton were extremely wet and muddy and judging from the smell containing a great deal of waste from the local livestock. Despite this unpleasant interlude this was still a delightful walk.