The Shivering Mountain - Mam Tor and the Great Ridge

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Jan 19

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A relatively challenging 11km (6½ mile) walk. 330m of elevation gain. Max elevation 514m.

Starting in Castleton in the Hope Valley, this walk takes in some of the most stunning parts of the Peak District.  It is the first of a Peak District 'double-header' this weekend.

The Great Ridge, stretching from Mam Tor to Lose Hill Pike, is considered one of the best ridge walks in the UK and provides superb views over the Edale and Hope Valleys and across to the edge of Kinder Scout (weather permitting!).

The highest point on the walk is Mam Tor, meaning "mother hill" - so called because frequent landslips on its eastern face have resulted in a multitude of "mini-hills" beneath it.  Mam Tor is also known as the Shivering Mountain because its shale and gritstone layers are prone to landslips.  Look on an old map and you’ll see a road along its eastern flank – now crumbled and closed to cars, but still open to those on foot.  

As we set off from Castleton, we will make a short diversion into Cave Dale to visit Peveril Castle, before heading up to Mam Tor and out along the Great Ridge.  Passing Hollins Cross and Back Tor, we reach Lose Hill Pike before turning back towards Castleton.

This walk is slightly shorter than the Sunday walk, but will be a little more demanding, with more elevation gain.

Weekend Double-header

This is one of a "weekend double-header" of day walks Skip is leading in this part of the Peak District.  The other is The Toad's Mouth - Padley Gorge and the Burbage Valley day walk on Sunday 20 January.  Why not make a weekend of it and do both walks?!


The leader will be staying in Castleton on the Friday and Saturday nights - there are several accommodation options, including the nearby YHA Castleton Losehill Hall as well as several B&Bs and hotels dotted around the Hope Valley.  You’ll need to make your own arrangements for accommodation (and food), should you make a weekend of it. Don’t forget ODL members receive a 10% discount on advance YHA accommodation bookings using the code on the member benefits page.

Feel free to contact Skip with any questions you may have.

Image credits: Ridge towards Mam Tor: © Chris Heaton; In Cave Dale - looking to Peveril Castle: © Neil Theasby;  Peveril Castle Keep: © Chris Downer all used under licence


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