I wanted to start 2020 with a nice long walk somewhere remote, so I’ve decided to head out to Peak District to have a little wonder close to Kinder Scout via Jacobs ladder, as I have heard from few folks this is a great place to check out. The below image is the rout I have picked.
I have parked at the Barber Booth Car Park as I believe it is free and should be fairly quiet on a nice day in early morning hours. I think this area is quiet a popular spot for walkers, hikers and the rout is mountain bike friendly as well. The walk starts on the road heading West 6 minutes towards Highfield Farm Campsite and continuing on the road NNW direction towards Upper Booth Farm. Reaching the Pennine Way this is where the lovely scenery starts.
After about 18-20 minute walk, we finally reach Jacobs Ladder, which leads us to the top Kinder Scout. The Edale valley looks absolutely lovely from the top with the low cloud coming over it on a sunny day. Definitely a good place for some much needed solo self-reflection time.
What’s great about this place is that there are so many different paths you can take when you reach the top of Kinder Scout. If you are up for a long day out on a nice summer day, you’re confident with your navigation skills and you got your walking boots on, you can spend a whole day exploring surrounding area. Peak Districts simplistic yet vast natural beauty such as this has been an inspiration for many novels and some great writers such as Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte in their greatest work. I feel very lucky having this quiet escape just over an hour away from me.
Continuing on, I have also came across Woolpacks, which is an area of interesting sculptured boulders, scattered on top of Kinder Scout. It was first formed over 300 million years ago in Carboniferous era in a vast delta river running through ancient mountains that now form Wales and England. Click here for some more interesting scientific facts about how these boulders were formed.
On a nice dry day and with a small bouldering mat at hand, climbing in the area could be quiet short and sweet if you are looking for a different venue.
The trail at the top of Kinder plateau ended at the start of Grindsbrook Clough descent towards Edale. If you were to do this walk the reverse way and start it from Edale, the scramble up the valley could get very tiring. Definitely better to have walking shoes on as it might get a little slippery at the top.
Finally after a slow 25 min downwards crumble, the path gets a little more walker friendly. Grindsbrook valley really opens up from that point, so you get some lovely views of the Grinds Brook going down on your right and hills on the other side of Edale.
When reaching the village at the end of the path, there are few places that you should be able to get some warm food and drinks, like The Old Nags Head which is open until 10:30pm most days. The rest of the walk continues on Pennine Way, starting at it’s official start point close to the pub on the other side of the road opposite the primary school car park. The rest of the walk back to the Barber Booth car part is very direct.
This walk really inspired me to actually consider doing the full on Pennine Way hike from Edale to Kirk Yetholm in one go. I know walking 268 miles with gear and food would seem like a big challenge, but it just seems so appealing. Walking through the Pennines would definitely help me see the commonly unseen but wonderful sites of English highlands.