Lose Hill walk is a great short route to do from Castleton in the Peak District. The summit is slightly shorter at 476 metres than nearby Mam Tor, which is 517 metres.
However, Lose Hill still a popular walk since it makes up part of the Great Ridge so don’t expect to have the summit all to yourself.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk, in Castleton village, route information, facilities on the walk, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
I recommend that you have a paper map with you on the walk, you can find details below on which map you need for this walk.
Let me know in the comments if you do this walk and what you think!
Great Ridge - Path Closure 2021
For information - please note that Peak District National Park have announced they will be undertaking restoration work on a section of the Great Ridge. The section of the Great Ridge from Hollins Cross to Back Tor will be CLOSED. Dates for the work are expected to be from March to May 2021 and take approximately 8 weeks. Read more about the work here. There are alternative lower level paths but I'm unsure at this time whether these will be accessible, I'll update you as soon as I find out. Thanks.
Lose Hill walk from Castleton
Lose Hill walk mapClick for OS online map here
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 149 829
Car parking address: Castleton Visitor Centre, Buxton Rd, Castleton, S33 8WN
£1.20 – up to 1 hour
£2.00 – 1-2 hours
£3.40 – 2-4 hours
£5.20 – 4-10 hours
Nearest train station: Hope train station (2 miles/3 km)
There is then a bus you can catch from the main road outside the station into Castleton village (271/272 bus). It only takes about 8 minutes but they only run once an hour.
Facilities on the walk
There are public toilets at the start at Castleton Visitor Centre, where the car park is also located. But there are no other toilets on the route.
The Castleton Visitor Centre also has a small cafe but this doesn’t open until 10 am, so if you’re planning an early start it won’t be open.
Castleton village also has numerous other pubs, cafes and shops, perfect for after the walk.
Other useful information
Castleton is a lovely village in the Peak District, but it is also very popular, expect is to be busy on weekends and during the peak season in the summer months.
Once you reach Lose Hill summit you are pretty exposed and will certainly notice if it’s a windy day. Also, the section until Hollins Cross can be very windy, since you’re walking along a ridge. Warm clothes are recommended!
The route has some signposts but I would always recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
Check the weather for your walk location and hills.
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 compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!
Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.
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Lose Hill walk route
Stage 1 – Castleton village to Lose Hill
Distance: 2.2 miles/3.5 km
Grid reference SK 149 829
From the car park and visitor centre in Castleton turn left up the road. You’ll need to cross over as the pavement ends on the left-hand side of the road!
Follow the path left around the corner, then again as the road bends round to the right. Walk past the shops and pubs, including Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn on the left!
Continue on the road out of Castleton village, over a small bridge. Then cross the road and look for a signpost leading up a track.
Turn left up the track and follow it until the end, next to a tall stone wall. As you reach the end of the wall, turn left, you’ll see the car park for the YHA Castleton Hostel.
A short distance up the track there’s a small gate, turn left here heading across the field, which can be muddy. Keep to the right of the field, then down a few steps and over a small stream via a wooden bridge.
Then follow the single track path on the other side and round to the right.
The path takes you uphill across farmland, go through the gate on your right and continue up another muddy track. Continue across the field to another gate and a small wooden plank bridge.
Over the wooden plank, there’s a wooden fingerpost signed posted ‘Hope & Castleton’ and ‘Lose Hill’.
Turn left following the sign towards Lose Hill and up the path up the field to another gate. Once you’ve gone through the gate, turn right for a short distance and walk alongside the fence line until you reach a path heading upwards.
It’s a steep grassy path, continue until you reach a gate on your right-hand side.
There’s a sign for Lose Hill, you then follow the path upwards to Lose Hill summit, marked with a large cylindrical stone.
Stage 2 – Lose Hill to Hollins Cross
Distance: 1.2 mile/2 km
Grid reference SK 153 853
This part of the walk is fairly easy to navigate, you are walking along the Great Ridge and on clear days you can see for miles, including the route ahead!
From the stone marker at Lose Hill summit, take the flagstone path gradually descending and leading along the ridge.
Follow this path all the way to the next summit on the ridge which is Back Tor, as you approach, you’ll see a lone tree on the left of the path, above where Brockett Booth Plantation is below.
Back Tor has wonderful views along the ridge to Mam Tor summit, which you’ll see at the end.
The path then takes you down from Back Tor, it’s a rocky and steep so take your time. Once you’ve descended keep following the path. You’ll reach a gate that you go through and continue heading along the ridge.
Eventually, via the flagstones, you reach a large stone that marks Hollins Cross. From this point, you can see all the way into Edale village on the other side of the ridge.
Stage 3 – Hollins Cross to Castleton
Distance: 1.5 miles/2.5 km
Grid reference SK 136 845
From Hollins Cross, there are lots of different paths, so be sure to pick the right one!
Next to the stone marker at Hollins Cross, there is a gate on your left, go through here and you’ll be on a narrow rocky track surrounded by gorse bushes!
Follow the path as it descends the path and through a small gate. If you look to your right you will see Mam Tor hill. Continue following the path all the way until you reach another gate, there’s another fingerpost sign here with lots of arrows!
You want to follow the track towards Hollowford Road. This section is in between two boundaries with hedges, it is rocky and can be wet if there’s been a lot of rain but it’s only a short section.
You then go through a gate and onto the road, with some buildings on your left. Follow the road until you reach a t-junction. Turn right and follow the road all the way back into Castleton village.
Once you reach the main road into Castleton, head straight and follow it around to the right, going past the shops and pubs, you’ll be back at the car park and visitor centre.
Do you have any more questions about this walk, maybe what to wear on your hike or any other questions? Ask me in the comments below.
Shorten the walk
An option if you decide you don’t want to climb to the summit of Lose Hill, maybe it’s a windy day or you simply don’t want to climb to the top!
At the base of Lose Hill, there’s a path heading off to the left, this runs parallel to the Great Ridge, through a small wooded area, (Brockett Booth Plantation).
In terms of distance, it’s only about 300 metres different, but it does mean you don’t have the steep climb to the top, saving your legs about 60/70 metres of ascent.
It also misses out the trickiest section of the walk, descending from Back Tor, which is a rocky path down.
Ask me any questions in the comments if you’re not sure.
More Walks in the Peak District
Love walking in the Peak District? You might like these Peak District circular walks.
- Shutlingsloe Hill from Wildboarclough (near Macclesfield)
- Chrome Hill from Hollinsclough
- Kinder Scout via Grindsbrook from Edale
- Three Shires Head from Gradbach
Have you done the Lose Hill walk, let me know any feedback in the comments. Which bits of the walk did you like?
How windy was it along the Great Ridge? Tell me in the comments below.
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