Peak District Walk - Rushup Edge and Mam Tor
PUBLISHED: 11:54 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 May 2020
A stimulating walk for a clear frosty winter’s day, where you will be rewarded with wonderful views across to the Kinder Plateau above Edale to the north and down south over the rolling hills and dales of the White Peak.
Linear distance - 6 miles
Total height climbed - Over 1,000 ft
Approximate time - 4 hours
Stiles - 15
Parking - Mam Nick below Mam Tor SK124832
Refreshments - In Edale (a detour of 11/2 miles) or back in Castleton
Picnic - On the ridges or in the car park
Toilets - Speedwell car park
Directions: From Castleton take the A6187. At the road fork, where the A road ends, take the left-hand road to and past the Speedwell Cavern. Follow the minor road up the magnificent Winnats Pass.
Description: A stimulating walk for a clear frosty winter’s day, where you will be rewarded with wonderful views across to the Kinder Plateau above Edale to the north and down south over the rolling hills and dales of the White Peak. As the descent down Chapel Gate is quite steep in the middle section it would be advisable to follow this walk after a period of dry/frosty weather, as this stretch can be very muddy.
1. From the car park walk up the stepped path through the wood and onto the road. Turn left down the road for a few metres to turn right by the Bridleway sign. Cross the stile onto the National Trust Rushup Edge area.
2. Walk up the steep track then on along the gradually climbing track. Eventually you will reach a split of tracks. Take the 'Walkers' route up to the right.
3. Continue climbing along the ridge for another 1/2 mile to the highest point at 'Lord's Seat'. From here the track descends very gradually for nearly one mile to the Public Footpath No. 124 sign.(You will cross four stiles along the ridge.)
4. At the footpath sign turn right to follow the Barber Booth and Edale route.
5. The first part of this Chapel Gate Track is fairly flat and wide but as it starts to descend more steeply it becomes more sunken, rocky and wet and the steep sides can be muddy after rain. The lower parts of the track are flatter and easier for walking. (You will cross two stiles and three gates and ignore side paths.)
6. On reaching the road turn left towards Barber Booth. In just over 1/4 mile and before the bridge, turn right at Footpath no. 22 'Castleton and Hope'.
7. Cross a stile to walk up a stony track then on across two fields and streams and a stile.
8. Follow a fenced path to go through a small gate at the head of a small valley. Turn left to go down steps, across a bridge and a stile then on up the bank following the fence.
9. Keep straight on aiming for the end of a wall, then follow this wall close on your left; soon you will have hawthorn trees on the left. At a large gap in these trees bear off right, away from the trees, to the next way-marked sign. Cross a stream via steps and a stile.
10. Keep straight on crossing three fields, two gaps and two stiles to descend steps to a tree-lined lane.
11. Turn right to walk up the lane, round a left-hand bend, then a right-hand bend. At a gate across the drive into Greenlands turn left by the Hollins Cross sign.
12. Bear left to follow the Hollins Cross route on a fenced shale path which gradually climbs the hill-side. As you climb the route becomes more grassy and steeper and you will pass through three gates. It should take about 20 minutes to reach the view point at Hollins Cross.
13. Turn right to follow the well-used and partly slabbed path across the ridge for nearly one mile aiming for the trig point on the top of Mam Tor.
14. From the trig point follow the stone path then steps down to the road.
15. Go through the gate at the bottom and turn left to take the right-hand path back to the car park.