The Great Ridge came out as a favourite in our campaign to find the UK’s top beauty spots and hidden gems.
A route along some of Britain’s most captivating fells, offering panoramic views over the Peak District. Difficulty: Moderate / Time 2 hours
Begin the route at the car park at Mam Nick. Take the path at the back of the car park, turning right and climbing the steps leading up towards Mam Tor. Ascend for around 600 metres until you reach a gate and a road. Cross to another gate on your right hand side and then climb to the top of Mam Tor also known as Mother Hill, because the frequent landslips on its eastern face have resulted in a multitude of ‘mini-hills’ beneath it. Mam Tor offers expansive views north to Derwent Moors, Edale Valley and Kinder Scout. From there you can start to descend along a clearly defined path, arriving at another great vantage point, Hollins Cross.
Choose then between the long route, heading towards Back Tor and the final ascent to Lose Hill which offers some of the best views of the Peak District. Otherwise, for the round route and shorter walk, drop down from Hollins Cross back in the direction of Mam Tor. On meeting a fork in the road, take the path on the right, just before the trees and continue until you come to a broken road. Continue along the road to another car park for the Blue John Cavern. Here you can view the rare Blue John Mineral. Look for a small gate, go through this to a grassy path, turning right up the hill, which goes through a second gate and past another cave, Windy Knoll. After this it’s a short stretch across a field to a gate, where you then join the road and return to the car park.