Tue 12 Mar 2024 Hope Valley, Derbyshire, UK

Rural Ramble 1 | Edale to Castleton Circular

This family-friendly circular walk is a true Peak District classic and one of the most popular walks, taking in some of the most famous hills and views in Derbyshire.

  • Tue 12 Mar 2024
Edale Car Park, Hope Valley

Rural Ramble 1 | Edale to Castleton Circular



All ages

  • 9.5 miles


In 2018, a survey of thousands of walkers by the Ordnance Survey and The Ramblers for the TV programme Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100 rated part of the route of this walk as the tenth most popular walk in the whole of the UK.

The walk begins and ends in the village of Edale, home to the start of the Pennine Way. From there, the route includes the "Great Ridge" that separates the Vale of Edale from the Hope Valley, the viewpoint at Lose Hill, the village of Castleton, world-famous as the home of the unique Blue John stone, plus one of the most famous closed roads in the UK and the ancient hill fort of Mam Tor.

While it does involve a total of 2,800 feet of ascent, this is still a very family-friendly walk. However, due to the exposed nature of the terrain on the "Great Ridge", the sometimes changeable weather and the significant erosion of some of the paths, you will need warm and waterproof clothing and a good pair of walking boots.

Event details

  • All fitness levels
  • Dogs allowed
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Newcomers


  • Paid parking
  • Rural
  • Toilets


  • Hilly
  • Out and back
  • Toilets


  • Public transport links


  • All ages
  • Enter online