The Ethels

Forty-five walks covering all the hilltops in the 'Ethels' list of Peak District hills'.

The Ethels are a compilation of 95 hills in the Peak District of England, mostly over 400m high but including various prominent lower hills which are popular landmarks of the Peak District. The Ethels are a tribute to Ethel Haythornthwaite, a Sheffield environmentalist who was a leading pioneer in the establishment of the Peak District as Britain's first national park in 1951. The Peak District and South Yorkshire branch of the CPRE countryside charity announced The Ethels in May 2021. The Ethels were devised in early 2021 by CPRE volunteer Doug Colton.

The Ethels include the popular mountains of the National Park including Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Shutlingssloe and Win Hill and most of the famous ridges too such as Stanage Edge, the Great Ridge and Derwent Edge. Yet there are also unfamiliar targets for the enthusiastic peak bagger too such as Aleck Low and Lantern Pike. The spread of the ninety five summits, many of them with accompanying trig points, cover all four corners of the Peak District and all kinds of ground from the dark peat moors of the north to the cream colours limestone high plateaus and knolls of the south. All in all it is a great list to accomplish and by completing it you will gain a greater understanding of this premier British National Park.

Note: This list of 45 walks range from very short routes to the more remote peaks to longer full day hikes. Some of the shorter routes entail no more than parking up, stepping out to roadside and making a short climb before returning to the start by the same path. Thus, these could be bagged very quickly by employoing a friend or partner to drive you between these short haul walks. Also, some starting points are remote and on minor roads so give a take to find a suitable parking spot may need some thought. As I do these walks myself some routes, with my gaining of local on the ground knowledge, may change.

Important Note: I provide maps, statistics and route files in .gpx and Google Earth .kmz data forms for each walk in the compilation. Note these routes are my designs taken from desk-top mapping and may not represent what lies on the ground. However the routes I have completed will be corroborated with updated route files, maps, statistics and informative photography. That will happen as I complete the bagging of the list myself

Title Miles Climbing Ethels
Merryton Law in a Breath 0.15 5 1
Short step out to Harland Edge 0.15 10 1
The Hop Up Eccles Pike 0.17 15 1
Whoosh up Wolfscote Hill 0.31 85 1
West Nab Dash 0.51 20 1
Climb up the Cloud 0.58 63 1
Straight up Revidge 0.75 32 1
A Gander up Gun 0.78 30 1
A Bolt to Bole Hill 0.78 50 1
A Flash to Oliver Hill 0.89 45 1
Up Croker Hill 1.04 74 1
Bump up Bolehill 1.07 90 1
The Chinley Churn Shortie 1.12 145 1
Cat & Fiddle to Whetstone Ridge 1.26 37 1
Up and Down Win Hill 1.35 286 1
Up to Aleck Low 1.42 54 1
Mooch to Musden Low 1.42 84 1
Clamber to Grin Low 1.51 113 1
Crook Hill in an Hour 1.54 170 1
Fast up Fin Cop 1.75 100 1
Quickly to Burbage Edge 1.81 124 1
Axe Edge Moor Duo 2.24 100 2
Shuffle up Shutlingsloe 2.78 272 1
Lees Moor Circular 3.06 190 1
The Pilsbury Pair 3.86 298 2
Wardlow and Longstone 4.23 267 2
Two from Taddington 4.39 220 2
The Pym Chair Trio 5.53 332 3
A Dovedale Brace 5.85 557 2
North of Buxton 6.11 333 3
Black Hill and Sponds Hill 6.21 429 2
Ecton Hill, Wetton Hill and Thor's Cave 6.4 475 2
The Stanedge Set 6.77 321 4
Cown Edge and Lantern Pike 6.84 381 2
The Roaches, Ramshaw Rocks and Hen Cloud 6.9 442 3
The Bretton Bunch 7.64 453 3
Harthill and Stanton Moors 8.39 442 2
The East Sterndale Quintet 8.64 571 5
Dove Stone and Chew Reservoirs Round 10.31 613 4
Woodhead Pass Tops 10.63 618 5
Derbyshire Dales Triple 11.68 480 3
The Kinder Scout Day Out 11.74 840 5
Shelf Moor and Featherbed Moss 11.99 466 5
Upper Derwent and Howden Round 12.99 704 4
The Castleton Full Circuit 16.28 1,053 7
Title Miles Climbing Ethels
Merryton Law in a Breath 0.15 5 1
Short step out to Harland Edge 0.15 10 1
The Hop Up Eccles Pike 0.17 15 1
Whoosh up Wolfscote Hill 0.31 85 1
West Nab Dash 0.51 20 1
Climb up the Cloud 0.58 63 1
Straight up Revidge 0.75 32 1
A Gander up Gun 0.78 30 1
A Bolt to Bole Hill 0.78 50 1
A Flash to Oliver Hill 0.89 45 1
Up Croker Hill 1.04 74 1
Bump up Bolehill 1.07 90 1
The Chinley Churn Shortie 1.12 145 1
Cat & Fiddle to Whetstone Ridge 1.26 37 1
Up and Down Win Hill 1.35 286 1
Up to Aleck Low 1.42 54 1
Mooch to Musden Low 1.42 84 1
Clamber to Grin Low 1.51 113 1
Crook Hill in an Hour 1.54 170 1
Fast up Fin Cop 1.75 100 1
Quickly to Burbage Edge 1.81 124 1
Axe Edge Moor Duo 2.24 100 2
Shuffle up Shutlingsloe 2.78 272 1
Lees Moor Circular 3.06 190 1
The Pilsbury Pair 3.86 298 2
Wardlow and Longstone 4.23 267 2
Two from Taddington 4.39 220 2
The Pym Chair Trio 5.53 332 3
A Dovedale Brace 5.85 557 2
North of Buxton 6.11 333 3
Black Hill and Sponds Hill 6.21 429 2
Ecton Hill, Wetton Hill and Thor's Cave 6.4 475 2
The Stanedge Set 6.77 321 4
Cown Edge and Lantern Pike 6.84 381 2
The Roaches, Ramshaw Rocks and Hen Cloud 6.9 442 3
The Bretton Bunch 7.64 453 3
Harthill and Stanton Moors 8.39 442 2
The East Sterndale Quintet 8.64 571 5
Dove Stone and Chew Reservoirs Round 10.31 613 4
Woodhead Pass Tops 10.63 618 5
Derbyshire Dales Triple 11.68 480 3
The Kinder Scout Day Out 11.74 840 5
Shelf Moor and Featherbed Moss 11.99 466 5
Upper Derwent and Howden Round 12.99 704 4
The Castleton Full Circuit 16.28 1,053 7
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