Mam Tor Short Walk From Castleton | 5-Mile Route

Mam Tor trig point

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Mam Tor walk from Castleton is a beautiful walk to add to your Peak District list.

In fact, it is so beautiful, it’s up there with the most popular walks in the UK, which does also mean it can be a busy place to visit, especially on weekends when the weather is good.

Mam Tor can be summited from both sides of the valley, from Castleton, as described in this route, but also from the other side starting in the lovely Peak District village Edale.

The hill was, in fact, an old iron age fort, you can totally imagine that once you’re at the top because you have views in all directions, Mam Tor is also known as ‘Mother Hill’.

Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk, route information, 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!

Mam Tor walk from Castleton

Mam Tor Walk Peak District

Walk information

Walk type: Short circular walk

Distance: 5 miles/8 km

Walk time: 2-3 hours

Total ascent: 414 m/1,258 ft

Highest point: 515 m/1,690 ft

Walk highlights: Castleton village, summiting Mam Tor and views of the Hope Valley

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Mam Tor walk map

Mam Tor walk map from Castleton 5 miles
Mam Tor walk map from Castleton
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Walk start point

Start grid reference: SK 14936 82940

Car parking address: Castleton Visitor Centre, Buxton Road, Castleton, S33 8WN

Although there are plenty of car parking spaces this is a popular place so spaces can fill up if you don’t arrive early. THere’s an additional car park a bit further down the road if this one is full.

Castleton visitor centre Peak District
Castleton visitor centre Peak District

Parking Cost

Up to 1 hour £1.60
1-2 hours £2.50
2-4 hours £4.00
4-10 hours £6.00

Public transport

Nearest train station: Hope train station (1 mile/2 km)

Facilities on the walk

There are public toilets available next to Castleton Visitor Centre. You can also pick up breakfast (if you’re late started as the cafe doesn’t open until 10 am) and snacks for your hike.

There are also plenty of other little shops and cafes in Castleton that you can treat yourself to goodies either before or after the walk. There are also several pubs for that after walk drink.

There are no further shops or additional toilet facilities on this walk.

Other useful information

Mam Tor walk from Castleton is one of the most popular walks in the Peak District, it’s a beautiful walk and has many different routes to the summit but if you prefer a quieter experience then if possible avoid weekends or plan an early walk.

Castleton village is also a very busy place to visit but there’s plenty to see and do there, with caves to explore, shops and pubs to visit as well.

The route is signposted in places but I would recommend you take a map and compass (see below).

Also, if you love your sunrises you can also catch some beautiful photos of the sun in the morning, worth an early start to miss the crowds too!

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Why not celebrate reaching the top of Mam Tor with our very first charity patch? Or if you are planning on doing the walk soon, order the patch now so you can take it to the top for a photo.

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Ordnance Survey Walk Map

The map for this walk is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area).

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. I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!

For online maps, you can get via OS Online App or Viewranger App.

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Mam Tor summit in Peak District

Mam Tor walk route

Stage 1 – Castleton village to Hollins Cross

Distance: 1.5 miles/2.4 km

Grid reference SK 14919 82956

Turn left out of the car park, walking through Castleton village, minding the pavement that disappears on one side. Continue following the road around the corner, then at the bend keep heading straight down the road, instead of turning right.

Follow Hollowford Road, up past the training centre, after about 1 km, you’ll go through a gate along a narrow track, gradually ascending, then through another gate at the top.

Signpost near Castleton
Signpost at the top of the narrow track

There are a few paths at this point, follow the path heading northwest, continuing to take you uphill, it’s a narrow track but will eventually lead you all the way to a gate and on the other side you’ll see the marker for Hollins Cross.

Stage 2 – Hollins Cross to Mam Tor

Distance: 0.9 mile/1.4 km

Grid reference SK 13607 84516

Hollins Cross has numerous paths leading in all directions, so this is where the route will immediately start to get busier. You’ll also notice a drop in temperature as you’re on quite an exposed section of the walk.

Mam Tor trig point
Mam Tor trig point

You now need to remain on the ridge, known as the ‘Great Ridge’ and make your way upwards even more to the trig point that marks Mam Tor summit.

On windy days you might see paragliders flying around Mam Tor summit, which is pretty spectacular.

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Stage 3 – Mam Tor to Castleton

Distance: 2.5 miles/4 km

Grid reference SK 12776 83600

Now you’ve done all the hard work, from Mam Tor you descend down the other side, leading you close to the road that passes between the hills.

Go through the gate, continuing to descend down the grassy bank. Cross the road and take the footpath on the left to another road, again cross over and continue on the footpath.

As you reach Winnats Head Farm go through the gate and take the path that leads to Treak Caverns, follow the path to where the road meets Winnats Pass and again cross over to take the pass that loops back to Castleton.

If you prefer you can stay on the road for a slightly quick walk back but the loop is a prettier option! Then before you know it, you’re back in Castleton village.

Castleton Village Peak District
Castleton Village Peak District

Do you have any more questions about the Mam Tor walk, maybe what to wear on your hike or any other questions? Ask me in the comments below.

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Hollins Cross view to Castleton Peak District

Mam Tor summit in Peak District

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