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Rural Ramble 1: Edale to Castleton Circular

Distance: 9.5 miles
Price: £15.00 per person

(Group & family rates available)

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View along the "Great Ridge" from Mam Tor

This family-friendly circular walk is a true Peak District classic and one of our most popular walks, taking in some of the most famous hills and views in Derbyshire. In 2018, a survey of thousands of walkers by the Ordnance Survey and The Ramblers for the TV programme Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100 rated part of the route of this walk as the tenth most popular walk in the whole of the UK.

The walk begins and ends in the village of Edale, home to the start of the Pennine Way. From there, the route includes the "Great Ridge" that separates the Vale of Edale from the Hope Valley, the viewpoint at Lose Hill, the village of Castleton, world-famous as the home of the unique Blue John stone, plus one of the most famous closed roads in the UK and the ancient hill fort of Mam Tor.

While it does involve a total of 2,800 feet of ascent, this is still a very family-friendly walk. However, due to the exposed nature of the terrain on the "Great Ridge", the sometimes changeable weather and the significant erosion of some of the paths, you will need warm and waterproof clothing and a good pair of walking boots.

Duration (approx):
5 - 6 hours (including lunch).
Start point:
Edale Car Park,
Start time:
End point:
Edale Car Park,
Dates available:
May 22nd, 26th.
June 6th, 9th, 19th, 23rd.
July 4th, 7th, 17th, 25th, 31st.
August 4th, 14th, 18th, 28th.
September 1st, 12th, 18th, 29th.
October 9th, 13th, 23rd, 27th.
November 6th, 10th, 21st, 24th.
Unavailable December 2021 to February 28th, 2022.
March 1st, 2022 onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings via a Personal Walking Guide are available now for any date to November 30th 2021. (Bookings for walks before May 17th must be for single households ONLY.)

When is this walk available?

This walk is available as a scheduled walk each month between May 17th and the end of November. It may also be booked privately on a date of your choice by booking a Personal Walking Guide.

Is this walk Covid-secure?

Derbyshire Heritage Walks has been awarded the Visit England "We're Good To Go" mark. This means that we fully comply with the current government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and are subject to random checks to make sure that we are complying. Therefore you can be confident that this walk is as Covid-secure as we can possibly make it. Details of how we do this can be found here.


The following prices apply for this walk:

(Included in overall price)
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(Up to 8 people in group)
£15.00 per person
£5.00 per person

Discounted family tickets also available, giving cheaper prices for groups including children aged 15 and under. Please e-mail us for details.

Personal Walking Guide bookings are available for this walk at a cost of £60.00 per group for groups of up to 5 people, £100.00 per group for groups of 6 to 10 people, or £150.00 per group for groups of 11 or more.

Travel to and from the walk.

Due to the current situation regarding the use of public transport, we recommend that the best way to get to this walk is to drive. However, parking is quite limited and very popular. This means that it can sometimes be difficult to find a parking space unless you are prepared to arrive early, especially at weekends.

If you do need to use public transport to access this walk, then Edale is served by regular trains from Sheffield and Manchester, and Edale station is just a couple of minutes walk from the start and end point of the walk. There are currently no bus services to Edale.

Are there any disabled access issues?

Unfortunately, this walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or those with other mobility issues due to the terrain involved.

Is this walk suitable for dogs?

Yes, this walk is suitable for dogs. However, we do ask that you keep your dog under close control at all times. This is especially important on the sections of the walk that pass through fields where there may be livestock present. If you wish to bring your dog with you, please notify us beforehand.


Ordinarily, we use PayPal buttons to handle booking and payment for all of our walks. However, due to the current situation, we have suspended that system, and so now if you wish to book a walk, you need to e-mail us with the details of the walk and date that you wish to book. We will then send you a PayPal invoice, which you can pay either using a PayPal account or, if you don't have access to one of those, you can pay using any debit or credit card. Other payment options are available on request - Please e-mail us for details if required.

Bookings for scheduled walks can be made at any time up to 48 hours before the intended date of your walk, or up to 72 hours beforehand for Personal Walking Guides.

Please ensure before booking that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

Latest Booking News

  • Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, places on each walk up to May 16th are limited to a maximum of five people, who MUST all be from the same household.
  • Bookings are open for all dates listed, and close at 1:00pm two days prior to the date of the walks.
  • We are now accepting Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk for Mondays, some Tuesdays, Wednesdays, some Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays up to November 23rd 2021.

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