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Walk #13: Edale and Kinder Scout

General Data

Date Walked 13/03/1999
County Derbyshire
Start Location Edale Car Park
End Location Edale Car Park
Start time 09.50
End time 16.20
Distance 11.0 miles
Description This was a route from Edale following the Pennine Way up Jacobs Ladder to Edale Cross and then to Kinder Downfall.
Pack I carried full pack today, a weight of 31 pounds.
Condition Reasonable. Legs very tired. Slightly pulled the right calf muscle extracting myself from a snowdrift.
Weather Today's weather was beautiful. Sunny, with a slight wind on the top of Kinder Scout. There was snow from about half way up Jacobs ladder which made the going slow. I ended up with boots full of water from going into the snow one too many times.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 1 (The Peak District - Dark Peak Area)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


This was a pleasant walk following the first few miles of the Pennine Way onto Kinder Scout. The weather was beautifully sunny, and a glider flew overhead as I approached Kinder Downfall. There was some thick snow on the top, hiding the worst of the groughs. All in all it was a superb day for a great walk over Kinder. At one point I slipped into one of these, and when I clambered out my gaiters were filled with wet slush and snow. Even this mild problem could not put a dampener on a wonderful day's walk.


Simply follow the Pennine Way from Edale to Kinder Downfall via Jacobs Ladder and back. If the weather is good you may want to return from Kinder Downfall via Grindsbrook Clough and the centre of Kinder, but on the day in question the weather was not good enough - the snow was too deep!

This walk is a nice strenuous hike with a fairly steep climb from Jacobs Ladder up to the Kinder Low Trig Point. Routefinding is very easy as this route follows the first 5-6 miles of the Pennine Way.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Edale car park Kinder downfall 5.5 1755 597
Kinder downfall Edale car park 5.5 597 1755

This makes a total distance of 11.0 miles, with 2352 feet of ascent and 2352 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #13
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