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This 11-mile circular walk explores the famous plateaued summit of Kinder Scout – the highest point in the Peak District National Park.Kinder Scout is a wild place, with remote moorlands, a spectacular waterfall (Kinder Downfall) that often freezes in winter, weird rock formations, bogs you can sink to your waist in, spectacular wildlife and far-reaching views.
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This route from Edale explores the distinctive rocky tors, brooks, cloughs and rock piles of Kinder’s southern edge, with a short detour out to Crowden Head in the centre of the plateau. You’ll walk on the Pennine Way, tackle the steep steps of Jacob’s Ladder, and no doubt return wet and windswept and grinning from ear to ear after a truly memorable hill walk.
Kinder is also the site of the legendary ‘Mass Trespass’ of 1932 – a peaceful protest on private land that laid the foundations for the creation of the open access we all enjoy across much of Britain today.
This route was voted 21st in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: A long, tough route across an unforgiving landscape, but the rewards are worth the sacrifices. Kinder is very wild, a bit weird and absolutely wonderful.