Mam Tor, Edale & Rushup Edge

3rd October 2021

After a very unsettled and very Autumnal week the forecast wasn't looking the best with squally showers continuing throughout so I set out looking for a weather window spotting such an opportunity on Sunday morning over the Peak District where, would you believe a bright morning had been forecast, all I needed was for that forecast to stick firm, it did.

I'm still exploring the Peak District returning to old favourites once again one of which is Rushup Edge, the perfect ridge walk spoilt only by its shortness in length and, although popular, the ridge doesn't receive the same numbers that neighbouring Mam Tor does yet has the same appeal in my eyes. Todays walk starts from the Mam Tor National Trust car park which feels like the cheaters ascent due to the summits proximity to the car park.

From Mam Tor I travelled the ridge towards Hollins Cross then descended into Edale from where I walked along Edale Road to Barber Booth. From the outskirts of Barber Booth I ascended the pass before turning right onto Chapel Gate then followed the exceedingly steep grassy path onto Rushup Edge, it's what I would call saving the best until last.



Ordnance Survey OL1

The Peak District


Ascent: 1,413 Feet - 430 Metres
Summits: 2, Mam Tor - Lord's Seat
Visiting: Hollins Cross
Weather: A Bright But Brisk Start, Turning Overcast With Gust Across The Summits. Freezing Level Above The Summits. Highs of 15°C Lows of 4°C
Parking: Mam Tor National Trust Car Park
Area: Edale, Peak District, Derbyshire
Miles: 6.3
Walking With: On My Own
Ordnance Survey: OL1
Time Taken: 2 Hours 50 Minutes
Route: Mam Tor National Trust Car Park - Mam Tor - Hollins Cross - Hollins - Edale Road - Barber Booth - Chapel Gate (track) Rushup Edge - Lord's Seat - Mam Tor National Trust Car Park

Parking Details and Map
Nearest Post Code: S33 8WN
Grid Reference: SK 120 831


Map and Photo Gallery


Rushup Edge and Lord's Seat from the ascent of Mam Tor 08:30am 9°C

While the Lakeland fells lie under a blanket of cloud this morning in the Peak District I spied a weather window that should last me the duration of todays walk and judging by the clear blue skies I might just get my wish. Although it was bright and sunny even at valley level it was blustery forcing me to add my jacket before I laced up using my car as a wind break and for the first time since last April I also added a pair of gloves. The leaves scattered in mini tornado's at the rear of my car while at the same time lifting my base layer as I bent down to double knot my boots, flipping eck talk about a deceiving forecast.

This mornings kit up was hurried and felt much colder than the 9°C it actually was. More cars arrived on the car park and most occupants finished off flasks of tea or stared out the windows before leaving their cars, I could feel why. It's a very short ascent from the National Trust car and soon as I was heading towards the top of the pass towards the gate where after a quarter of a mile and a mere 162ft of ascent I'll be stood on Mam Tor summit.

Hollins Cross, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill from Mam Tor summit.
Knowing how quickly I'd be arriving at Mam Tor I really took my time while taking in the view over the top of Whinnats Pass which was dazzled in sunlight, too much sunlight to be photographed. This is only my third summit of Mam Tor but the first time I've ever had the summit to myself, best enjoy it while it lasts.

Hollins Cross, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill.
It seems a shame that I'm only walking as far as Hollins Cross which is the area before the ridge rises towards Barker Bank.

Sun blessed views over the Hope valley.
With the village of Castleton below.

Hollins Cross, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill.
It's around here walkers started to arrive onto the ridge from the direction of Mam Farm over on the right.

Hollins Cross, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill.
What a view!

The view towards Brown Knoll seen over on the left.
With Swines Back and Kinder Low seen over on the right.

Grindslow Knoll.
It doesn't seem like two minutes ago when I was walking up Grindsbrook Clough (far right) in the middle of last August but the weather has certainly turned since then.

Rowland Cote and Rowland Cote Moor.
Seen as I head towards Hollins Cross.

More fabulous views towards Hollins Cross, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill.

It is here I am stopped by a young girl who was curious about my camera clip which was attached to the left shoulder strap of my pack "whats that she asked?" I could see a DSLR camera strapped around her neck but I was more curious about where she'd appeared from, turns out she'd walked an off the path route from Mam Tor just over my left shoulder. This girl won't be the last person to ask about my camera clip which I'm always being asked so I replied "Peak Design for the patented version or Amazon for a copied version, I've had this for three years now and it's never let me down but you'll get a good twelve months out of the cheaper ones"

Conversation soon turned to the glorious weather while adding "one weekend your walking in shorts and T-shirt the next your thinking is that really windchill I can feel" The transition between Summer and Autumn this year only seemed to take a couple of days.

Aside the girl who's a few hundred feet behind me now...
...I seem to have the ridge to myself.

Looking over Winnats Head.

Hollins Cross, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill.
Not far until I reach Hollins Cross, but if I walk real slow I can enjoy the views a bit longer.

Looking back on Mam Tor.
They're only dots but I can see a few more people have arrived at the summit.

Hollins Cross, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill.
With the distinctive Win Hill Pike seen in the distance.

Hollins Cross.
In Memory of Tom Hyett of Long Eaton Erected by members of Long Eaton and District Group of the Ramblers Association and friends 1964

Distant views of Rushup Edge, Brown Knoll, Swine's Back and Kinder Low.
Would it be too much to ask If I prayed this forecast last...

Grindslow Knoll.
Seen with Grindsbrook Clough over on the right. That's Peter Barn below which is where I'm heading next.

Rowland Cote and Rowland Cote Moor.

Back Tor and Loose Hill seen right.
As I descend towards Peter Barn.



Grindslow Knoll from Peter Barn.
With the descent behind me I picked up the track which will lead me onto Edale Road and then Barber Booth thereafter.

Rushup Edge from Peter Barn.
There is a public footpath which passes through the farmers fields (not acquired at Peter Barn) which I'd walked previously where I was met with slutch and slurry so given the previous rainfall I decided to give the public footpath a wide berth this morning.

Rowland Cote and Rowland Cote Moor.
After crossing the River Noe I emerged onto Edale Road before tracing west towards Barber Booth.

Edale Car Park is just ahead.
Which was filling up slowly as I walked past, mind it's not 10:00am yet.

Crossing the River Noe for the second time at Barber Booth.
I'd covered the mile or so relatively quickly only having to dodge the odd car or two along an unusually quiet Edale Road. After arriving on the outskirts of Barber Booth I crossed the River Noe again at the road bridge before beginning the 16% gradient rise to the base of the Chapel Gate (track)

Mam Tor, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill from Chapel Gate (track)
During the steep road walk the forecasted late morning cloud arrived bang on queue I just wish it would have waited one more hour until I'd got back to the car but I guess I couldn't complain given the morning I'd had.

Views towards Colburn.

The steep pull onto Rushup Edge was as steep as my last ascent only I'd forgot about the false summit which I cursed while pushing forward where my walking poles were at shoulder height such the steep gradient and for the duration, felt just as steep as my direct ascent on Red Pike back in July.

I was rewarded with scattered sun light which I thanked the gods for and promised never to moan about the ascent again, what ascent - it was well and truly forgotten by now.

Looking back on Grindslow Knoll and Edale Head.
It's just a case of following the wire fence until the main path is reached.

The Vale of Edale.
From Lord's Seat (Rushup Edge)

Thickening cloud.
Over Grindslow Knoll just minutes later.

Mam Tor, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill from Rushup Edge.
Just like the walk from Mam Tor to Hollins Cross the ridge walk along Rushup Edge is over too soon.

The Vale of Edale.

Mam Tor, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill from Rushup Edge.

Mam Tor, Barker Bank, Back Tor and Loose Hill from Rushup Edge.

I was blessed in sporadic light as I walked the last hundred feet before the sound of the traffic travelling along Sheffield Road below brought me back to reality, the same road where my car was parked which within ten minutes I'll be kitting down at.

The cloud continued to thicken as I watched the sun disappear behind a southern sky ever thickening, ever grey which was my queue to stop gazing into the Edale valley and to get back before the showers arrived. I'd just got back to the car when the trees began to sway and the sound of the wind toppled that of any passing traffic, brace yourself, here comes the rain.


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