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Kinder Scout from Edale
Statistics:
Map of the walk
Start:
Edale village
Start (OS ref):
SK123860
Map (1:25,000):
Explorer OL01 The Peak District, Dark Peak Area
Parking:
Roadside (or village car park)
Distance:
8.8 miles (14.2 km)
Time:
5 hours
Difficulty:
Hard
Climbing:
635 metres
Hazards:
Hard climbs & descents & some tough bog walking
Refreshments:
Edale village
Route Map:

Kinder Elevation

The Story of the Walk:

Edale with Kinder Scout
Kinder Top Ridge
Edale with Kinder Scout in the background
The high ridge of Kinder is spectacular

The summer of 2000 was Steve's swansong season in the north before moving to Somerset so he, Dave and I took the opportunity of a few days break to walk in the northern Peak District. We stayed in New Mills for the 5 day break which was an experience in itself. I'll always remember the good nights out we had in New Mills. And we did enjoy some decent walking too in a week of fairly drowsy weather. This walk to Kinder from Edale was the best. It was on the only dry day of our visit. After a usual night of good ale and good fun we arrived in Edale in good spirits and after kitting up we began our walk from the village by following the dead end road up the village past Grindslow House onto Edale Moor by following Grinds Brook upstream. It was a tough walk along Grinds Brook and we were soon sweating off the beer as we climbed over bogs, and through them to Crowden Tower and then to Crowden Head. The lush ground underfoot served as a trampoline propelling us upward but often as we got euphoric the trampoline skin would give way and sink our feet into the earth. Feet emerged sodden in mud and green moss but spirits remained high. We continued on level ground to firmer ground at Kinder Downfall.

Kinder Downfall
Kinder Reservoir from Kinder Downfall
Dave and Steve relax at Kinder Downfall
Kinder Reservoir from Kinder Downfall

Only 100 minutes had passed since setting off from Edale and all the height had been gained. We were chuffed if a little fatigued as the sunshine and the previous nights beer worked to drain us of our early morning high spirits. No matter, we were now at the top of Kinder and could enjoy the brilliant views to Kinder Reservoir down below us in the west. We stayed at Kinder Downfall for a good while relaxing in the heights of the Dark Peak before making our way gambolling southwards along the ridge to Kinder Low and Noe Stool. This joyful section of the Penning Way took us further south to Edale Cross before we turned eastwards and walked down Jacob's Ladder to Lee House and then to Upper Booth. It was on the this section of descent that one of my knees buckled, a consequence of the bog trotting and vigorous trampolining! I stuttered down like a geriatric for the rest of the walk vainly trying to keep up with the two goats ahead of me. After Upper Booth on leveller ground I didn't do so bad and got back ok. It had been a great day on Kinder Scout despite the knee job. A super walk done and after more lubricating beer in the evening my knee was back on form for the next challenge.

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