Grindslow Knoll via Ringing Roger

Ringing Roger

This is a moderate circular walk in the heart of the Peak District National Park that can be reached using public transport. Edale railway station at the start of the walk is serviced by hourly trains on the Manchester to Sheffield line. The route starts from the beautiful Edale village then climbs The Nab to reach the foot of Ringing Roger, a surprisingly fun rocky ridge with hands on scrambling opportunities. The route then heads along the edge of the wild Kinder Plateau crossing Nether Tor and Upper Tor with their fascinating weather sculptured rocks. The top of the incredible Grindsbrook Clough is rounded before ascending Grindslow Knoll and descending into Edale where the Old Nags Head's local real ales and tasty food await your thirsty and hungry self.

Route Directions

  1. This walk starts from Edale village in the Hope Valley in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The walk can be started from Edale railway station which is serviced by hourly trains between Manchester and Sheffield. If travelling by car there is also a large car park at grid reference SK124853 just across the road from the railway station.
  2. To reach Edale by road from the west head along the A6 towards Buxton then turn left at the Chapel-en-le-Frith junction and follow the white signs to Edale. After four miles turn left to ascend the steep road over Mam Nick before descending into Edale.
  3. To reach Edale by road from the east head to the Hope Valley from the Snake Pass and Bamford or the A625 then A6187 to Hathersage from Sheffield. When you reach the centre of Hope Village turn right up Edale Road opposite the church, following the white sign to Edale which is five miles down the road.
  4. From the railway bridge by the railway station head north along the minor road towards Edale, passing The Ramblers Inn on the left. The road passes the church and campsite then after half a mile reaches the parking area in front of the Old Nags Head.
  5. Carry on along the road beyond the Old Nags Head. After a hundred metres turn right down a dark path that descends to a wooden footbridge over Grinds Brook. Cross the footbridge and up the other side out on to an open meadow.
  6. Turn left along the path until you reach a small stone building. Here turn right and ascend a steep grassy path up to a gate in a stone wall. Pass through the gate then turn right up a steep path with the Heardmans Plantation on its right hand side.
  7. After fifty metres the path switches back to the left. Follow it for another two hundred metres. The path then switches back to the right again. Follow it for another hundred and fifty metres to reach the viewpoint on The Nab.
  8. After admiring the Great Ridge and the Hope Valley from The Nab head north in the direction of Ringing Roger. After half a kilometre you will reach a large stone cairn below Ringing Roger. From the large stone cairn ascend a steep and loose path to the foot of Ringing Roger.
  9. For those who don't fancy the fun of the scramble there is an easy path to the the summit on the left. Those who fancy the fun of the short but fun hands on scramble need to just pick a line up the many weather sculpted rocks.
  10. When you reach the top there are several huge weather sculpted boulders. From the summit the views of the Hope Valley are great as is the opposing view across Grinds Brook up the length of the rocky Grindsbrook Clough.
  11. From the summit of Ringing Roger head north west to the main path coming up from Golden Clough. Ascend the steep and loose path on to the Kinder Plateau edge path at Nether Tor.
  12. From Nether Tor continue heading west along the southern edge of the wild Kinder Plateau. After a kilometre you will reach the high point of Upper Tor where there are some incredible weathered rocks giving a foreground to a fantastic view over the Hope Valley.
  13. From Upper Tor continue heading west along the southern edge of the wild Kinder Plateau. After a kilometre the path reaches the far end of Grindsbrook Clough. Here the views down into the rocky valley are awesome.
  14. Follow the path as it turns right and heads north for two hundred metres. The path crosses Grinds Brook then turns left and heads south along the other side of the valley.
  15. After three hundred metres the path reaches the junction of paths above Grindsbrook Clough. From the junction of paths head south east towards Grindslow Knoll, passing a huge mushroom shaped rock on the left above Fox Holes.
  16. The summit of Grindslow Knoll is gained by a short ascent up a grassy slope. The summit is fairly wide and not as exposed as it looks from a distance. The near views are of the neighbouring Kinder Plateau. To the south views are over the Hope Valley to The Great Ridge.
  17. From Grindslow Knoll descend the path heading south east from the summit over a tricky rocky section, then a steep section where the path has been well relaid. The path then crosses the line of an old stone wall before starting its descent to Edale.
  18. The path will reach a wooden gate before descending a steep grassy slope into a farmers field. The path crosses the field and reaches the Pennine Way at the far corner.
  19. When you reach the Pennine Way path head east along the side of the stream to reach Edale. From the village centre turn right and head back down the tarmac country lane for a mile to reach the car parks and railway station.
  20. Before you walk back down the road to the railway station you could head into the the Old Nags Head. One of the best known pubs in Britain and famous for being the start of the Pennine Way, the Old Nags Head is walker friendly and cosy with original oak beams and open fires in winter. Real ales, home cooked food and dairy ice cream are all on offer.
  21. If you find yourself having to kill time waiting for a train at the railway station there is The Rambler Inn and the National Trust's Penny Pot Cafe less than a minutes walk from the station.

Maps for this walk

Paper maps for this walk

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GPS files for this walk

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Photos & Trip Reports

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Planning for a walk

Check the weather

The weather is a very important part of hill walking. Weather conditions and daylight hours will dictate where you walk, what gear you will need to carry, how far you walk, and may even decide if you go at all. The following links will help you gather information on weather conditions for areas of Britain...

Plan your journey

Planning your journey before you set off for your walk can save you vital hours on the day. You need to make sure you know the area surrounding your starting point as many factors can influence or change the place you park. Don't forget change for parking meters and fees.

Maintenance of your vehicle and being ready for breakdown situations when driving to remote areas is also vital. Pack a full spare petrol can in your boot, and take de-icing tools in winter, including a shovel. The Transport Direct website below is a great resource for anyone wanting to get to the start of their walk using public transport...

Pack the right gear

Carrying and wearing the right gear is essential for walkers to remain comfortable and safe while hill walking in Britain. However, the best gear in the world is of no use to anyone who doesn't know how to use and care for it. Knowing how to use your gear will give you a much more enjoyable experience. The following items are, in my opinion, the essential items to wear and carry for a hill walk in Britain. It would be foolish to head into the hills and mountains of Britain without these essential items and the knowledge of how to use them. Check out the gear section of this site for techniques and gear lists...

  • Footwear
  • Clothing
  • Rucksack
  • Warm Clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Map & Compass
  • Emergency Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food & Drink
  • Seasonal Gear

Know what to do in emergencies

It is good practise to tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return. If you don't get in contact when you said you would on your return, and those you told can't get hold of you, at least they will be able to provide the search party with your general location.

Emergency equipment in the check list above means items such as a survival bag, whistle, and emergency food rations. This isn't anything special; any whistle will do, the orange emergency bags only costs a few pounds, and basic food rations can consist of a couple of chocolate bars. Carrying a head lamp is also an important component and a vital piece of kit used for signalling when you require rescuing.

You should always try and get out of a difficult or emergency situation using your own gear, knowledge and energy. If you cannot do this, then you should dial 999 and ask for the police. Use all the gear you have to keep any unwell or injured members of your party or yourself safe and warm, and use your signalling devices to let the rescuers know your whereabouts. To do this blow six good long blasts on your whistle, or flash six flashes of your torch. Stop for one minute. Repeat. Carry on with the whistle blasts until someone reaches you, and don't stop because you've heard a reply.

Never contact mountain rescue unless absolutely necessary, but on the other hand don't ever feel guilty for having to do so, especially if you are a prepared walker. The Mountain Rescue teams are full of fantastic like-minded souls who love nothing more than people who are prepared for being safe in the mountains.