An approx 5 mile circular walk, 400m ascent, so not too taxing.
This is an easy walk over and beyond the Peak District's most fascinating hill - Mam Tor. Steeped in history dating back to the Bronze Age, the hill is also an amazing example of geology and it is still possible to see it shaping itself today. The walk is along simple well laid footpaths most of the way and the ascents are fairly easy. We will head over Mam Tor then follow the crest of The Great Ridge for a while before heading back down to Castleton. This walk is an amazing mix of natural history combined with vast and beautiful panoramic views into the heart of the Peak District.
I'll be picking up from Derby at the above location, if you can't get there I can also do another pick-up in town or from the train station. If you are driving yourself we can meet at 10.30am in the Mam Nick Car Park (National Trust) (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=On+the+A6187%2C+nr+Castleton%2C+Derbyshire%2C+S33+8WN) on the A6187, nr Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WN. The car park is situated on Sheffield Road between the A6 at Chapel-en-le-Frith and the Winnats Pass above Castleton at grid reference SK 123 831.
Please come properly equipped with walking boots, raincoat, packed lunch and plenty to drink. Sturdy footwear is a requirement! I might also bring poles also to help with the ascent (I'm normally the one at the back when going uphill!).
The walk will take us back through Castleton for a pub stop. The route will also take us past the caverns - Blue John, Speedwell and Peak Cavern (Devil's Arse), all £9 per person per cavern, so if people want to go in any of them we can vote on it.
NB hike will be cancelled if there is heavy rain or high winds - it can get very windy on the summit!