Kinder Downfall walk

23 June 2024

On this 11-mile ramble, we explore the amazing Kinder Plateau. You may be pleased to know that the coach will be taking out the worst of the climb. We begin our walk high up near the western end of Rushup Edge, midway between Castleton and Chapel-en-le-Frith. Along the way, we shall see spectacular rock formations and wonderful views. The end of the walk will be in Hayfield.
Our walk begins at the crossing of the Pennine Way and the Chapel to Castleton road. We follow the road eastwards for a short distance before setting off briefly along a track called Chapel Gate. We turn north to Brown Knoll and Kinder Low (which is actually quite high at 633 Metres!), where we have our first break of the day.
We then turn east, along the edge of the Kinder Plateau, past amazing natural stone sculptures like Noe Stool, Pym Chair, the Wool Packs and Crowden Tower to Crowden Clough. Natural weathering at its spectacular best! We follow the footpath through the spectacular Kinder Gates to the famous Kinder Downfall. At this time of year, the waterfall is normally but a trickle, at best. Since recent heavy rainfall, we shall have to be there to find out what the current situation is like. Apologies for the pun.
After another rest, we continue south on the route of the Pennine Way, along the edge of the plateau. There are further excellent views of the scenery around us, including the Kinder Reservoir, Mount Famine and Hayfield. We pass a memorial to an air crash and begin our descent past ancient cairns to Kinderlow End. Here, we may have a further short break, depending on available time, for a final elevated view of the surrounding, stunning scenery.
From now on, our descent is fairly rapid as we pass Tunstead Clough Farm towards Bowden Bridge. We then follow the River Kinder into our final destination, the pretty village of Hayfield. Opportunities for refreshment are available here.
Our coach leaves the bus station at Hayfield, just across the dual carriageway from the village centre, at 6:30pm. If we arrive in good time, the coach may leave earlier. Public toilets are located at the bus station where the coach leaves from.
In a change from the advertised details, Richard Lake will be leading this walk.

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