Mam Tor And The Great Ridge From Castleton

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Mam Tor Summit Trig Point With The Great Ridge In The Background
Peaks Climbed
Mam Tor 517m - Barker Bank 426m - Back Tor [Great Ridge] 446m - Lose Hill 476m

Walk Statistics
Date 02 January 2015
Start Castleton [Goosehill Junction]
Time 4hrs 10mins
Distance 6.50 Miles
Alt Start 197 Metres
Alt Max 517 Metres
Ascent 525 Metres
Grid Ref SK 1445 8288
Weather Sunny - Very Windy - Hail Storm
With No One
Peak Climbed Classification
Mam Tor Dewey, Tump
Barker Bank 400-499 Metre Hill, Tump
Back Tor [Great Ridge] Peak District Hill
Lose Hill 400-499 Metre Hill, Tump

It looked a promising day as far as the weather was concerned so I decided to head off for Castleton for a walk along the Great Ridge. I parked at the junction of roads between the Winnats Pass and the old road which heads towards Mam Farm. I really enjoy this area with its famous caves.

I have never walked up the Winnats Pass before. There is a small path which runs up the pass on the right hand side all the way up to Winnats Head Farm. I took this path and then headed off across fields to Windy Knoll. The sun came out as I reached the top of the Winnats Pass.

My route was then to cross over to Mam Nick (where there is a car park for those who want to start their walk from here). I then ascended to the summit of Mam Tor. Wow ... it was certainly windy at the top ... I could hardly stand up and in fact hardly keep still to take any photos. The path across the Great Ridge is an obvious one. After a short stop at Mam Tor I then descended to Hollins Cross. It was still very windy but at least the sun was out. I then made my way up Barker Bank and on to Back Tor. Before ascending Back Tor I came across 2 ponies just minding their own business. Next I headed off towards Lose Hill. Just before I made the last ascent up to Lose Hill and just before as stile I decided to stop for a moment or two. Ahead of me was clear blue sky ... as I turned to look behind me there was black clouds ... and in just a few moments a heavy hail storm. It was a shock as I was not expecting it. I waited for the storm to pass before climbing up to the top of Lose Hill.

I did not stay long before descending back down to Back Tor. The sun came out again as I took a path down the slopes of Back Tor to the Hollowford Road. I then made my way back into the village of Castleton (which was quiet today). Some shops still had Christmas items in their windows. This was a very enjoyable walk even though the weather was quite changeable.

Route - Castleton [Goosehill] Roadside Parking - Winnats Pass - Winnats Head Farm - Windy Knoll - Mam Nick - Mam Tor - Hollins Cross - Barker Bank - Back Tor - Lose Hill - Back Tor - Above Only Grange Farm - Hollowford Road - Castleton - Castleton [Goosehill] Roadside Parking

Mam Tor & The Great Ridge Map
Mam Tor & The Great Ridge Map

Photos from the walk can be seen below ...

PICASA WEB ALBUMS Link To Mam Tor And The Great Ridge ...

Speedwell Cavern Entrance
Speedwell Cavern Entrance
The Winnats Pass Near Castleton
The Winnats Pass Near Castleton
Winnats Pass - A Fossilised Seascape
Winnats Pass - A Fossilised Seascape
The Winnats Pass
The Winnats Pass
The Sun Shines On The Peaks Above The Winnats Pass
The Sun Shines On The Peaks Above The Winnats Pass
Looking Over To Mam Tor
Looking Over To Mam Tor
Mam Tor From Windy Knoll
Mam Tor From Windy Knoll
Kinder Scout And Edale From Mam Nick
Kinder Scout And Edale From Mam Nick
A Stone Design On Ascent To Mam Tor
A Stone Design On Ascent To Mam Tor
Path On The Way To Mam Tor
Path On The Way To Mam Tor
Looking Over To Rushup Edge
Looking Over To Rushup Edge
Mam Tor Summit Trig Point
Mam Tor Summit Trig Point
Mam Tor Summit Trig Point With The Great Ridge In The Background
Mam Tor Summit Trig Point With The Great Ridge In The Background
Mam Tor Trig Point
Mam Tor Trig Point
The Great Ridge ... Lose Hill Is The Last Hill On The Ridge
The Great Ridge ... Lose Hill Is The Last Hill On The Ridge
Looking Along The Great Ridge To Lose Hill From Mam Tor
Looking Along The Great Ridge To Lose Hill From Mam Tor
The Kinder Edges With Edale Below
The Kinder Edges With Edale Below
The Great Ridge From The Descent Of Mam Tor
The Great Ridge From The Descent Of Mam Tor
A Gate On The Great Ridge
A Gate On The Great Ridge
The Edale Valley
The Edale Valley
Hollins Cross
Hollins Cross
Hollins Cross
Hollins Cross
Hollins Cross
Hollins Cross
Edale From Hollins Cross
Edale From Hollins Cross
The Train Arrives In Edale
The Train Arrives In Edale
Barker Bank On The Great Ridge
Barker Bank On The Great Ridge
Back Tor
Back Tor
Approaching Back Tor ... The Clouds Are Starting To Gather
Approaching Back Tor ... The Clouds Are Starting To Gather
Ponies Below Back Tor
Ponies Below Back Tor
Footpath Sign Near Back Tor
Footpath Sign Near Back Tor
Nearing The Top Of Back Tor
Nearing The Top Of Back Tor
Back Tor Summit To Lose Hill
Back Tor Summit To Lose Hill
Path To Lose Hill
Path To Lose Hill
Lose Hill To Back Tor
Lose Hill To Back Tor
Lose Hill To Back Tor
Lose Hill To Back Tor
Moody Sky Over Edale
Moody Sky Over Edale
Path To Lose Hill
Path To Lose Hill
Back Tor And Mam Tor With Stormy Sky Above
Back Tor And Mam Tor With Stormy Sky Above
Rain and Hail Approaches
Rain and Hail Approaches
Walkers Brave The Weather!!
Walkers Brave The Weather!!
Lose Hill Summit After The Rain
Lose Hill Summit After The Rain
Moody Sky Over Castleton
Moody Sky Over Castleton
Lose Hill Summit
Lose Hill Summit
Lose Hill Summit
Lose Hill Summit
Walking Back To Back Tor As The Sun Comes Out Again
Walking Back To Back Tor As The Sun Comes Out Again
The Ponies Were Still At Back Tor
The Ponies Were Still At Back Tor
Back Tor From The Descent To Castleton
Back Tor From The Descent To Castleton
The Slopes Of Back Tor
The Slopes Of Back Tor
The Path On The Descent Of Back Tor
The Path On The Descent Of Back Tor
Win Hill Is The Pointed Hill On The Horizon
Win Hill Is The Pointed Hill On The Horizon
Lane From Hollins Cross To Castleton
Lane From Hollins Cross To Castleton
Several Families Were Out For A Walk Today ... The Castleton Area Is A Popular One
Several Families Were Out For A Walk Today ... The Castleton Area Is A Popular One
A Lane Near Castleton In The Sunshine
A Lane Near Castleton In The Sunshine
Win Hill On The Horizon
Win Hill On The Horizon
It's Still Christmas In The Castleton Shops
It's Still Christmas In The Castleton Shops

PICASA WEB ALBUMS Link To Mam Tor And The Great Ridge ...
Looking Along The Great Ridge To Lose Hill From Mam TorLooking Along The Great Ridge To Lose Hill From Mam Tor
Looking Along The Great Ridge To Lose Hill From Mam Tor02-Jan-2015 11:38
The Winnats PassThe Winnats Pass
The Winnats Pass02-Jan-2015 10:48
Speedwell Cavern EntranceSpeedwell Cavern Entrance
Speedwell Cavern Entrance02-Jan-2015 10:42
 
The Winnats Pass Near CastletonThe Winnats Pass Near Castleton
The Winnats Pass Near Castleton02-Jan-2015 10:43
Winnats Pass - A Fossilised SeascapeWinnats Pass - A Fossilised Seascape
Winnats Pass - A Fossilised Seascape02-Jan-2015 10:43
The Sun Shines On The Peaks Above The Winnats PassThe Sun Shines On The Peaks Above The Winnats Pass
The Sun Shines On The Peaks Above The Winnats Pass02-Jan-2015 10:54
 
Looking Over To Mam TorLooking Over To Mam Tor
Looking Over To Mam Tor02-Jan-2015 11:08
Mam Tor From Windy KnollMam Tor From Windy Knoll
Mam Tor From Windy Knoll02-Jan-2015 11:10
Kinder Scout And Edale From Mam NickKinder Scout And Edale From Mam Nick
Kinder Scout And Edale From Mam Nick02-Jan-2015 11:24
 
A Stone Design On Ascent To Mam TorA Stone Design On Ascent To Mam Tor
A Stone Design On Ascent To Mam Tor02-Jan-2015 11:24
Path On The Way To Mam TorPath On The Way To Mam Tor
Path On The Way To Mam Tor02-Jan-2015 11:25
Looking Over To Rushup EdgeLooking Over To Rushup Edge
Looking Over To Rushup Edge02-Jan-2015 11:25
 
Mam Tor Trig PointMam Tor Trig Point
Mam Tor Trig Point02-Jan-2015 11:33
Mam Tor Summit Trig PointMam Tor Summit Trig Point
Mam Tor Summit Trig Point02-Jan-2015 11:32
Mam Tor Summit Trig Point With The Great Ridge In The BackgroundMam Tor Summit Trig Point With The Great Ridge In The Background
Mam Tor Summit Trig Point With The Great Ridge In The Background02-Jan-2015 11:32
 
The Great Ridge ... Lose Hill Is The Last Hill On The RidgeThe Great Ridge ... Lose Hill Is The Last Hill On The Ridge
The Great Ridge ... Lose Hill Is The Last Hill On The Ridge02-Jan-2015 11:34
The Kinder Edges With Edale BelowThe Kinder Edges With Edale Below
The Kinder Edges With Edale Below02-Jan-2015 11:47
The Great Ridge From The Descent Of Mam TorThe Great Ridge From The Descent Of Mam Tor
The Great Ridge From The Descent Of Mam Tor02-Jan-2015 11:48
 
A Gate On The Great RidgeA Gate On The Great Ridge
A Gate On The Great Ridge02-Jan-2015 11:51
The Edale ValleyThe Edale Valley
The Edale Valley02-Jan-2015 11:52
Hollins CrossHollins Cross
Hollins Cross02-Jan-2015 11:56
 
Hollins CrossHollins Cross
Hollins Cross02-Jan-2015 11:57
Hollins CrossHollins Cross
Hollins Cross02-Jan-2015 11:57
Edale From Hollins CrossEdale From Hollins Cross
Edale From Hollins Cross02-Jan-2015 11:59
 

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