JUNE 2019 – 16 Miles – MAM TOR & SPEEDWELL TAVERN (HIGH PEAK OF DERBYSHIRE)

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Total Distance: 16 Miles
Highest Point: 1696 Feet
Total Realistic Time: 7 Hours

Mam Tor is a 517 m (1,696 ft) hill near Castleton in the High Peak of Derbyshire, England. Its name means “mother hill”, so called because frequent landslips on its eastern face have resulted in a multitude of “mini-hills” beneath it.”

 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mam Tor

Mam Tor and Speedwell Cavern
Mam Tor and Speedwell Cavern
Mam Tor National Trust Car Park
Google Maps – Mam Tor National Trust Car Park, Hope Valley S33 8WA

Drive to National trust car park just below Mam Tor took just over 35 minutes from Stockport.

Started walking straight up Mam Tor from the National trust car park, straight gradual hill all the way up.  Headed from Mam Tor hill round towards Edale village, there was a lot of hidden up and downhills all the way round, a good workout for the legs and glutes. There were trail runners and mountain bikers out on the hills for some of it. 

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Near the start towards Mam Tor hill

A good stop for break and refreshment is at Moorland Centre in Edale with picnic benches outside and toilets available in the centre.  From there we headed towards Penny Pot Cafe an alternative refreshment stop if you want to stop for a lovely cake, coffee or tea.  This took us back round to the national trust car park.  It was very beautiful and very green especially when the sun popped out.

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When we got back to the national trust car park where we started, we decided to carry on round towards Castleton so we could walk through Speedwell Cavern – where you get amazing views on either side.

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National Trust Car Park heading towards Speedwell Cavern

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The walk through the Cavern was tough as the rain started heavy and the slow gradual up hill walk back towards the car park was very tiring.

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This was a tough one, good one for a good workout.  The 16 miles felt a lot harder due to the constant gradual slow hills pretty much all of the hike.  A very good challenge and no new blisters or bruised toes, comfy walking shoes on this hike is a must.

GENERAL EQUIPMENT

  • Apple iPhone XS (for use of OS apps for lazy mapping)
  • OS Maps app (signed up to 1 year auto renew at £19.99 to use the app with OS Explorer Map 1:25k – click here for more info)
  • Gaia Maps app (free version – I use for tracking walk)
  • Comfy walking shoes (most important)
  • Extra socks (keep the feet happy when needed)
  • Waterproof Jacket (always a must, the weather changes alot in the hills/mountains)
  • Long sleeve and/or short sleeve (for layering)
  • Neck scarf (extra warmth and protection if needed)
  • Gloves (if scrambling is required)
  • 2 litres of water
  • Flask with Hot drink (a good cuppa is always welcome)
  • ibuprofen (helping hand if you have any aches and pains)
  • Food and snacks (fuel to keep you going)

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