|Edale is the name given both to the valley between Mam Tor, Lose Hill and Kinder Scout and to its main settlement. As well as the main village there are several small farming hamlets strung out along the valley - Barber Booth, Ollerbrook Booth and Nether Booth.|
There are three main reasons for the popularity of Edale as a centre for walkers and hikers. First, it lies in a beautiful setting below Kinder Scout. Second, it is the start of the Pennine Way, England's first and most famous long-distance footpath; and third, it is served by the railway - a factor which may be less important than it used to be but which played its part in making Edale accessible to the hard-working folk in Manchester and Sheffield.
Old Nags Head, Edale
The main village is pretty and lies on a side road off the main road along the valley. There is a large car-park at the road junction and the railway station is just nearby. Just above it is The Rambler, the first of two pubs. The road into the village proper continues past Fieldhead, the Peak National Park's information centre and camp site, past the church and on to end at a small square outside the school and a second pub the Old Nag's Head. This is usually accepted as the start of the Pennine Way. Just opposite lies the Post Office and general store and Cooper's Farm camp site - an alternative to the National Park site.
View of Edale Village
At the head of the valley, in Barber Booth, it is often possible to obtain teas at weekends and there are several campsites between here and Edale village. Further down the valley, horse rides are available at Lady Booth Farm in Nether Booth. There is a Youth Hostel high on the the side of Kinder at Rowland Cote, above Nether Booth.
Edale Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
0 - Edale Village
1 - Edale - Old Nags Head Inn, start of the Pennine Way
2 - Hollins Cross and Lose Hill frombelow Mam Tor
3 - Back Tor
4 - Edale Walkers
5 - Mam Tor view in temperature inversion
6 - Mam Tor summit looking down to Lose Hill
7 - Mam Tor summit with Kinder Scout behind
8 - Mam Tor Iron Age ramparts and the view across Edale
9 - Hangglider near Mam Tor
10 - Hangglider near Mam Tor
11 - Hangglider taking off from Mam Tor
12 - Ashop Valley
13 - Mam Tor view to Lose Hill
14 - Edale - view of Nether Tor and Ringing Roger
15 - Edale Valley from Grindslow
16 - Hang glider waiting to take off above Winnats Pass
17 - Paragliders above Hope Valley
18 - Winnats Pass from Mam Tor
19 - Mine workings outside the Odin Mine Castleton
20 - Edale Valley view of Lose Hill and Back Tor
21 - Kinder Scout - Grindsbrook
22 - Mountain bikers near Lord's Seat
23 - Kinder Scout - Mushroom stone at the head of Grindsbrook
24 - Kinder Scout - Grindsbrook view
Local places of interest
Bagshaw Cavern, a cave system in Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. A largely natural cave system discovered by lead miners in 1806. Open to the public on summer weekends as a show cave and for Adventure Caving.
Blue John Mine
Blue John Mine, Mam Tor, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire is a popular cavern which was once mined for lead and Blue John.
Eldon Hole is one of the seven wonders of the Peak. It is the deepest local pothole; an alarming, evil-looking chasm in the side of Eldon Hill to the north of the village of Peak Forest, Derbyshire.
Mam Tor is an Iron Age fort overlooking Castleton and Hope Valley, Derbyshire. It has the remains of impressive Iron Age ramparts and a splendid view.
Peak Cavern (the Devil's Arse) Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, is the largest and most famous cavern at Castleton and the only totally natural one.
Peveril Castle, Castleton, Hope Valley, in the Derbyshire Peak District. A Norman and medieval castle founded in 1080 by William Peveril - an illegitimate son of William I - in what was then the Royal Forest of the Peak.
Speedwell Cavern at Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire is the most popular cavern in the Castleton area and boasts several large chambers and an underwater canal.
Treak Cliff Cavern
Treak Cliff Cavern, Mam Tor, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire is a popular cavern famous for its Blue John.
Winnats Pass, Castleton, Derbyshire, is a long collapsed limestone cave system which now forms a steep sided and craggy valley.