Hayfield – Kinder Scout – Edale – Castleton

7 August 2022

A beautiful walk, giving some of the best views in the Peak District. A few ascents and descents.
The last time the club did this walk was August 26th 2018. It was torrential rain and high winds. Of those who stayed on the coach to Hayfield, about twelve set off, and after battling gale force winds a few more turned back. In the end we were a hardy group of six (see photo). One of the wettest days walking we’ve had, but the best curry and chips at the Nag’s in Edale. The fine weather photos are from August 2016 when it was walked in memory of Fred Bartle.
We leave Hayfield (toilets at the bus station) and walk along the valley, past Kinder Reservoir. We gain height as we walk up towards Sandy Hays, on the western edge of Kinder Scout. Keeping to the edge we soon reach Kinder Downfall, where we’ll have a break. On reaching Red Brook we’ll cut across the moorland in a south-easterly direction to gain the Pym Chair (rock) on the south edge of Kinder.
There are great views as we continue along the edge, passing Crowden Tower and then walking up towards Grindslow Knoll. Another brilliant viewpoint. A steady descent brings us to Edale, where we’ll have a late afternoon break with a choice of pub, cafe or picnic. The final two miles is a quick sprint up to Hollin’s cross and a descent into Castleton for a 6.30pm finish. Those more fleet of foot may have time for a drink.
There will be a shorter option available, starting from somewhere before the coach reaches Hayfield. Distance about 7 – 8 miles.
New members are always welcome. You can come along twice before you need to pay the membership fee.

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