Start Point St Peter's Church, Hope Village A6187 Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK17290 83453  
Length 10 miles Click here to see a photo gallery from this walk.
Grade About 1000 feet of climb. Tracks and rough stony ground. Mostly well marked and clear paths.  

Brief Description

Starting from the village of Hope, or Laneside caravan park, the route climbs up Lose Hill giving excellent views across Edale as well as to Hope and Castleton. The route then follows the high ground round in a loop passing Mam Tor and the returning to Hope down Dirtlow Rake.



Starting at St Peter's Church in the centre of the village follow the A6187 out towards Sheffield. The road drops down to a bridge over the River Noe. On the far side of the bridge take the footpath that goes off left across the fields by the side of the river.


After 1/4 mile the path meets another footpath. Turn left, passing through the upright stone and along the narrow path to the buildings.

Drop down past the buildings and follow the track out to the road.

At the road turn left. Almost immediately you will reach a junction were the road split. Across the road from the junction there is a footpath going off between the buildings, initially in a westerly direction. Take this path.


After 100 yards the path meets another path. Turn right, heading north west, passing through a wooden style along a well defined path.

The path is now heading for Lose Hill, and is mostly clear to follow.

After crossing the railway on the sagging bridge you will reach a bungalow. Follow the path down by the side of the bungalow, towards Lose Hill.



Continue to follow the path up towards Lose Hill. After 2/3 mile the path will have steepened and you will pass a barn to you right.

The path tracks to the left up to Crimea Farm.

The path turns left over a stile, above the farm, before swinging right again for the final push to the top.

Follow the path up to the summit.


From the summit head south east along the ridge towards Mam Tor, about 2 mile away.

The descent from Black Tor is steep and when I did this walk it was badly eroded.

Follow the path all the way to the trig point on Mam Tor. You will have good views of the iron age fortifications as you approach the summit.



From the top of Mam Tor continue along the path south east and drop down to the road.

As soon as you reach the road take the foot path straight ahead, down across the field in a southerly direction.

The route can be seen snaking off across the countryside, up to the tress on the horizon.



Cross the first field and the the minor road, Take the footpath opposite.

Continue across the fields and cross the next road onto the tarmaced farm track.

Continue past Rowter Farm along the rough track.



Follow the track as it turns sharply to the left and heads east.

The track gradually widens as it descends down Dirtlow Rake.

A minor road runs parallel to the track for some distance. If you want easier footing then cross onto the road.

The track eventually opens onto the road. Continue to go down hill.



About 300 yards after the junction of the track and road the road turns left, and there is a track joining form the right. Take the track for a short distance.

As you approach the quarry site entrance you will come across a track descending steeply on your left. Take the track down into the disused quarry.



Go down into the quarry and head for the lowest route out at the bottom.

After passing a few building the track joins a minor road. Go straight on, down the hill.

This road will go past the entrance to the cement works.

Continue along this road and you will return to the church in Hope.


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Ordnance Survey Explorer map OL1 cover the Stocksbridge area along with the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park and should be used in conjunction with these instructions.