Public Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes.
This is a long walk that rewards a bit of effort with some amazing views, beautiful ridges, peaceful open moorland, a hidden cafe off the beaten track and walking in some areas that we rarely walk in. Although I've including three drop out points (1 - 2 miles from each drop out point to a train station), this is a long walk for those doing the full route so we'll still need to move at a reasonable pace to make sure we catch the 7.38pm train.
From Hope we have a steep climb up to Lose Hill and the first views of the Hope Valley, before heading along the ridge to Mam Tor via the first drop out point at Hollins Cross (nearly 4 miles). We'll stop for a bite to eat on the other side of Mam Tor and take in the views of Rushup Edge and over to Kinder. There is a second drop out point (nearly 5 miles in) before we head onto the peaceful and rarely walked Rushop Edge. There is a brief cafe stop shortly after leaving the edge, then it's onto Castleton along a combination of road, path and bridleway via the impressive Winnats Pass. The third and final drop out point is in Castleton (nearly 13 miles in), where we'll also have lunch. Once past the iconic cement works, we pass through the lovely wee town of Bradwell before the final climb of the day. It's a steep one and the legs will be tired by this point but the views as we head up towards Bradwell Edge and onto Abney Moor are worth the effort. The moorland up there is stunning but it's open to the elements so please make sure you have enough layers, or at least a hat. It's a steep climb down from Offerton Moor towards the River Derwent, where we have our final challenge of the day - the stepping stones to cross the river and then onto the train station. If the stones are not passable, we have a plan B; along the river bank until we reach the main road. The train back is every 2 hours and we will head back on the 7.38pm train
Meet & Travel arrangements - Public Transport
We’ll use public transport from Manchester to travel to and return from the walk start/end.
Itinerary is below - click station links for map and further information.
09:00: Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the train at 09:22. You will need to purchase a ticket prior to meeting.
Return to Bamford £11.10 or use a wayfarer (£12 if travelling in to Manchester first)
09:22: Train departs for the walk start at Hope Rail Station.
10:18: Walk starts at Hope Rail Station.
Return from Bamford Station. 17:37, 19:38, 22:37
Waypoints: Loose Hill, Mam Tor, Rushup Edge, Whitelee, Rowter Farm, Winnats Pass, Castleton, Cement works, Bradwell, Abney Moor, Offerton Moor, River Derwent
Toilets are not available at Hope station so use the toilets on the train.