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Total Distance: 4.5 Miles Highest Point: 1648 Feet Total Realistic Time: ~3 Hours
Mam Tor is 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. These landslips, which are caused by unstable lower layers of shale, also give the hill its alternative name of Shivering Mountain.
Meeting point at Edale car park on Edale Road just before The Penny Pot cafe. Car park has toilets and up to 10 hours parking for £6, other options also available if you are staying shorter or longer.
Please note: if you are meeting up, there is no signal on some networks in that area. We eventually found each other at The Penny Pot Cafe.
The route we took started in Edale heading to Mam Tor via Harden Clough, from there we headed to Hollins Cross and then back into Edale.
The views just before you head up to Mam Tor of Castleton and surrounding areas were just stunning, especially on this clear day.
It was a gradual up hill climb towards Mam Tor on a clear path, the steady ascent takes you up to the highest point 1648 feet at Mam Tor trig point.
At the top of Mam Tor it was quite misty to start off with and you can see the mist clear in front of you and see the views afar, it was also rather windy up there.
We headed towards Hollins Cross from Mam Tor back towards Edale.
On the way back down towards Edale from Hollins Cross we came across these beautiful calm cows munching away.
We finished the day with a homemade cake and coffee at The Penny Pot cafe, very much recommended. They had lovely seating area outside at the back of the shop, a little bird spotting area.
We were very lucky with the weather, started off misty whilst travelling to Edale then it turned out to be a gorgeous clear warm day.
- Apple iPhone XS (for use of OS apps for lazy mapping and photos/videos)
- OS Maps app (premium version – I use for following the route)
- 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)
- Woolly hat (keep your head and particularly my ears warm)
- 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)