Kinder Scout, Peak District

Sandwiched between Manchester and Sheffield, the often bleak and occasionally beautiful upland plateau of Kinder Scout is a familiar sight to many of us. It’s also a superb  fitness arena, says Dan Aspel

21st March 2017
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.6 miles
Duration
10 hours

Once on top of the peak, it’s a matter of striding out for as long as your legs can manage, taking in iconic features such as Kinder Downfall on the way. Do a full circuit and you’ll have racked up almost 20 miles of walking. The boggy terrain should help build your calf muscles too.

Kinder Scout
Kinder Scout, Peak District (©Alamy)

1. Up and away

Park in the village of Edale and ascend almost immediately via the The Nab ridge, before arriving at the bulk of the hill. 

2. Don’t look down 

Walking anti-clockwise will keep the edge to your right. If you feel the route is beyond you (and you have good compass skills), you can cut your trip short, heading back across the plateau at any point.

3. Magical falls

Make it this far (10 miles) and you’ll have the rugged waterfall of Kinder Downfall to admire. When strong westerlies blow, the waters are forced upwards back onto the plateau.

Kinder Downfall
Kinder Downfall (©Getty Images)

4. Head home

At this point, Grindsbrook Clough provides a scramble return, otherwise continue round to The Nab to descend.

 

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