There are so many hikes you can do from Edale village, it’s difficult to choose which walk to do!
This route hiking up to Grindslow Knoll takes you up along the edge of Kinder plateau via Ringing Roger then round to the summit. It’s a beautiful route as you can see the summit in the distance as you’re walking along.
However, if you fancy a more challenging walk up to Grindslow Knoll, check out this walk via Grindsbrook Clough, a shorter but steeper version.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of this short walk from Edale, route information, map, facilities on the walk, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!
Update May 2020
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Grindslow Knoll walk from Edale
Map of Grindslow Knoll walk from EdaleClick for OS online route here
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 124 853
Car parking address: Edale car park, Edale, Hope Valley, S33 7ZQ
Edale can be a very popular place to visit in the summer months and weekends. If the Edale car park is full there is an overflow car park a short distance away is available.
- 1 hour – £1.20
- 2 hours – £2.00
- 4 hours – £3.40
- 10 hours – £5.20
- 24 hours – £6.20
Important – The car parking machine is cash only so remember to take some change with you to pay for parking.
Nearest train station: Edale train station (opposite the start location at the car park)
Facilities on the walk
There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Edale car park.
However, there are no further toilets anywhere else on the walk.
Edale has great facilities for the beginning and end of your walk. There are two pubs that serve food (Ramblers Inn and Nags Head), a great cafe next to the train station and further shops down the other end of the village.
Other useful information
- Edale is a popular place for walkers so if you can plan your visit for mid-week or even the winter months it will be quieter.
- Kinder plateau is very exposed and the wind can make it colder so remember to pack some warm layers to put on at the top.
- I recommend you take a paper map and compass (see below).
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
- BBC Weather for Edale
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for Kinder Low (on the plateau of Kinder Scout)
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map for this walk is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area)
You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, there are options to buy either standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition 4-360 compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!one month or yearly options with OS Online App. For one month, the prices start from £2.99 a month or the annual option is from £23.99.
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Grindslow Knoll short walk (via Ringing Roger) from Edale route
Stage 1 – Edale to Kinder Plateau
Distance: 1.7 miles/2.8 km
Grid reference SK 124 853
From Edale car park, go down the steps next to the toilets and turn right onto the road. Follow the road past the station and the Peak District Information Centre. Walk all the way to the opposite end of the village to the Nags Head pub.
At the pub, continue down the road, past a cottage on your left, then look for a signpost on the left. Go down the steps and across the narrow wooden bridge and up the steps on the other side.
Follow the flagstone path for a short distance until you can see a path bearing off on the left, heading uphill to Heardman’s Plantation. Go up, through the gate then follow the switchback path as it ascends.
The path then continues past a huge stone cairn and on to the kinder plateau, close to where a stream descends, called Golden Clough.
Stage 2 – Kinder Plateau to Grindslow Knoll
Distance: 2 miles/3.2 km
Grid reference SK 12530 87564
Once you’re at the top, you then follow the path which skirts around the edge of Kinder plateau, the path is rocky and takes you past several impressive rock formations on the way.
It then turns more sharply to your right where you follow it over a small stream, then almost double back on the other side. In front, you’ll see the prominent Grindslow Knoll in front of you.
Continue until you reach another large cairn, this marks where the adjoining Grindbrook Clough path meets. From here, take the flagstone path leading off to the right.
This path takes you all the way to yet another large stone cairn at the top of Grindslow Knoll.
Stage 3 – Grindslow Knoll to Edale
Distance: 1.6 miles/2.6 km
Grid reference SK 11009 86850
At the summit, take a few photos, stop for a drink and snacks. Then continue on the path heading in a south-easterly direction, gradually descending.
The rocky path descends all the way until you reach the point where the path meets a fingerpost for the Pennine Way trail. Now you simply follow Grindsbook Booth all the way back into the village of Edale.
Once you reach the Old Nags Head, turn right and follow the same road back to the car park near Edale Station.
Do you have any more questions about this Grindslow Knoll short walk from Edale? Ask me in the comments below.
Want to extend your walk?
Like the sound of this short walk but want to do something longer?
Why not try this 8-mile walk from the same start location in Edale. This route takes you up Grindsbrook Clough, which is a steeper climb but then continues along the plateau of Kinder Scout for beautiful views.
The route description doesn’t include Grindslow Knoll on the walk but you can add a small loop when you reach the top of Grindsbrook Clough to include it if you are hill bagging.
Full route description here – Kinder Scout walk via Grindsbrook from Edale | 8-mile route
More walks in the Peak District
Love the walks in the Peak District? You might like these Peak District circular walks.
- Chrome Hill walk from Hollinsclough
- Lose Hill walk from Castleton
- Three Shires Head walk from Gradbach
Or check out all our Peak District walking routes here
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