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Looking into Edale from Rushup Edge
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Route No 57 - 28 September 2002
Mam Tor to Kinder Downfall circuit - 20 km
Edale,
Derbyshire Peak District . . .

Route map from OS Open Space service

Map: OS Explorer OL1 The Peak District Dark Peak area. 1:25000


Looking towards Mam Tor as Paul searches for his camera to capture the scene
Looking towards Mam Tor as Paul searches for his camera to capture the scene

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Looking back along Rushup Edge to Mam Tor
Looking back along Rushup Edge to Mam Tor

We set off just after 10.00am and climbed up through the woods behind the car park to the Mam Tor ridge. Here we crossed the road and headed west along Rushup Edge for 2.5km where we turned right to follow a path for almost 3km to the trig point at Brown Knoll. The trig point itself is a sorry sight. These nostalgic landmarks are no longer used by the Ordnance Survey (redundant in the days of aerial photography and computers) and this one has fallen off it's stone pedestal to lie forlornly in the mud.

It's been quite a day to-day. I drove to Mam Tor above Edale in Derbyshire to meet two friends I used to be in the boy scouts with over 40 years ago. One of them, Paul, I haven't seen for over 20 Years and the other, Ray, I haven't seen for over 40 years. Needless to say I didn't recognise him when I got to the car park on Mam Tor (map ref. SK123832). The last time I saw him he was a boy in short trousers, just like me. Now we're both quite a bit older. Paul hadn't aged much in the last 20 years, just a bit greyer but alarmingly fit.

Looking towards Brown Knoll from the end of Rushup Edge
Looking towards Brown Knoll from the end of Rushup Edge

Looking down Edale from Brown Knoll 
    with the rocky outline of Kinder Scout to the left and the peaks of the Mam 
    Tor ridge to the right
Looking down Edale from Brown Knoll with the rocky outline of Kinder Scout to the left and the peaks of the Mam Tor ridge to the right

The Swine's Back ridge on the skyline
The Swine's Back ridge on the skyline

Causeway at Edale Head
Causeway at Edale Head

From the Swine's Back we continued up onto the edge of Kinder Scout itself at a large anvil shaped rock called the Noe Stool. From here we walked a few hundred metres along the edge to another rocky outcrop called Pym Chair where we stopped for some lunch with a view over Edale from the rocky edge of Kinder Scout.

The sky was a uniform overcast grey but the view down Edale was still spectacular with the rocky outline of Kinder Scout to the left and the Mam Tor ridge to the right. From Brown Knoll we continued north past the Swine's Back (a short rocky ridge).

The Noe Stool
The Noe Stool

Rock climber on an outcrop near Edale Head
Rock climber on an outcrop near Edale Head

The Pym Chair
The Pym Chair

Crossing the peaty wastes of Kinder Scout
Crossing the peaty wastes of Kinder Scout

Following the Kinder river system to the Downfall
Following the Kinder river system to the Downfall

We followed the dry bed of the watercourse for about 2km until we emerged at the downfall itself. The whole river system is dry at this time of year. The downfall is the point where the watercourse pours over the rocky edge of the Kinder plateau at an impressive site.

After lunch we headed north east on a compass bearing for 400m and then north for 400m across the peaty wastes of Kinder Scout until we intercepted one of the tributaries of the Kinder river system that flows towards the Kinder downfall.

Crossing the peaty wastes of Kinder Scout
Crossing the peaty wastes of Kinder Scout

Taking in the vew at Kinder Downfall
Taking in the view at Kinder Downfall

Kinder Downfall
Kinder Downfall

Medieval Cross by the Swine's Back ridge
Medieval Cross by the Swine's Back ridge

From the cross we took the bridleway east for 400m to rejoin the path we used on our outward route from Brown Knoll. We then followed our outward route for about 6.5km back to the car park. The whole route is about 20km and took us over six and a half hours including plenty of stops for drinks and to take in the wonderful scenery. It had been a really good day with good company and lots of references to "do you remember so-and-so" etc. We agreed to met again soon, well definitely less than 20 years.

From the Kinder Downfall we turned south to follow the Pennine Way route for about 2.5km as far as Edale Rocks where we took a paved path (not marked on my old map) going behind the Swine's Back ridge to Edale Cross - a medieval stone cross with a carved inscription.

Fallen trig point on Brown Knoll
Fallen trig point on Brown Knoll

Paragliding enthusiasts waiting for the wind on Rushup Edge
Paragliding enthusiasts waiting for the wind on Rushup Edge

Looking along Rushup Edge towards Mam Tor
Looking along Rushup Edge towards Mam Tor

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