Edale to Kinder Scout: A Haven In The Hills
Hollie follows a winding stone path between strange stone structures

The village of Edale is the epitome of the English countryside with houses unique and neatly arranged. Parallel to them runs a delicate stream. Lying across the stream we found a tree which had lost its footing and fallen. Here, instead of dying, its branches had become roots and buried themselves into the ground, where it has stayed defiantly, forever reaching towards the sky. The biggest feature of Edale is the railway station, which (and I can testify to this as we slept overnight in the car park) is as sleepy as the rest of the town. It seemed as if the place were untouched, a haven nestling in the hills. This was the impression the entire area exuded.

Hollie, small, walks in font of a huge cleft in the rocky Peak District hillside

Perhaps as a result of the Englishness in Edale, once up in the hills, navigating the lumpy stone forest, it felt as if it were an entirely alien land. Bouncing around my head in accompaniment to this was the sound of a malevolent banjolele tinkling; stuck in my head as result of a CD we’d picked up at car boot sale in rural Wales. It featured the breathy elf-like tones of a woman singing lyrics like "the wind blows, blows my beard away". An aptly bewitching soundtrack.

Hollie follows a heather-lined path to stony forms

Atop the hillside on Kinder Scout, natural tor-like stone structures perched defiantly, often precariously. They were asking to be climbed. We strayed from the map, running to and fro in a childlike frenzy, searching for the biggest and bestest climbing stones. Kinder Scout is full of adventure potential.

Scott leans into the wind atop a high stony perch overlooking the valley of Edale

Far and away from our immediate surroundings, the hills continued to rise and plunge around us, sometimes opening up to reveal immense valleys. The final descent led us to a breathtaking panorama overlooking the vale of Edale. We marked our progress throughout the land and observed just how isolated the area really is.

        Words & Photography: Scott Norris (@_scott_norris) | Additional Photography: Hollie Brennan (@sk8rwizard420) // summer 2014

Map and Directions

edale-to-kinder-scout elevation chart

Please note: The alternative route may provide easier passage in boggy weather.



Directions To Kinder Scout From Edale



  1. From the trailhead in Edale, head east. As the path forks take a left, skirting around the southern protrusion of the hill above, Broadlee Bank Tor.
  2. Keep left towards Upper Booth.
  3. Take the road heading east out of Upper Booth. It turns to a track, following a river through the valley. At the valley head the path zig zags slightly and climbs upwards. As the path levels out, head north over the summit of Kinder Low.
  4. Here, follow the contours of the top of the hill north for a while. When you meet the river, turn east (right) and follow it as it snakes around to the east and then south.
  5. Follow the path to Kinder Scout. The way can be boggy here.
  6. Pass over the Kinder Scout summit. Once you reach the point where the hills descends rapidly you will meet another path. Head east here, again following the contours of the hill.
  7. Follow the path around to Broadlee Bank Tor, careful not to descend to the right. As the path begins to curl south, another breaks off to the east. Take this path. It curves SE and begins descending.
  8. At the bottom follow the path east to Edale.