Mam Tor and the Great Ridge with Crosby Rambling Club.

Unfortunately I was unable to join my friends from the rambling club on the recent walk to Castleton. A couple of them have sent me photos from the walk and I am very jealous.

So, I have decided to re-blog the post from 2018.

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At the weekend I was in Castleton with my local rambling club. I was doing the ‘B’ walk and our aim was to climb up Mam Tor and walk along the Great Ridge.

This walk was voted 10th in Britain’s Favorite Walks last January so we expected to see crowds of people.

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We left Castleton and followed a path along the bottom of a hillside towards Speedwell Cavern and on to Treak Cliff Cavern. We then began a steady climb heading for Blue John Cavern and the road at the base of Mam Tor.

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We now began the steady climb up the stepped path to the summit of Mam Tor, the Mother Hill. Mam Tor is also known as the Shivering Mountain due to the layers of loose soft shale which are constantly crumbling.

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No-one was shivering today, the weather was glorious with just a gentle breeze to cool you down.

As expected the summit was crowded, no chance of a decent picture of the summit cairn.

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We stopped for lunch at the summit 1695 ft (517m) with plenty of time to enjoy the views into the Vale of Edale and the paths up to Kinder Scout, which looked sombre even in the bright sunshine.

Our onward path was along the spine if the hill walking on huge flagstone which came from the old mills in Castleton. We gently lost height to reach Hollins Cross, a junction of paths marked by a stone cairn.

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This marks an old packhorse route and workers used to daily make to walk from Edale to Castleton to work in the mills.

Our next objective was Back Tor with its almost sheer northern face. It was quite a stiff climb on a rocky path to reach the summit.

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At the top it was time for a rest and another chance to admire the views.

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High above us some para-gliders were riding the thermals. They seemed to be using the crossing of the two vapour trails as a target.

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All that remained now was Losehill, the last summit on the Great Ridge. Only half a mile ahead.

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It was now downhill all the way. As we had plenty of time we decided to go to Hope village and then follow the riverbank alongside Peakhole water back to Castleton.

It had been quite an energetic ‘B’ walk but done in perfect weather conditions.

Time at the end for a refreshing pint of Bombardier.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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4 Responses to Mam Tor and the Great Ridge with Crosby Rambling Club.

  1. ms6282 says:

    Classic route! A good day for it too by the looks

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    The weather was perfect. Good views, good company and a nice pint at the end.

  3. dolewis says:

    Excellent coverage, Alan, but not yet able to see them also on CRC Flickr.

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