Rushup Edge is a wonderful Peak District walk. I tend to find that this side of the ridge is much quieter than more popular Mam Tor and the Great Ridge.
The wonderful thing about walking along Rushup Edge is you can enjoy beautiful views of the valleys either side, to the villages of Edale and Castleton.
But you’ll also have magnificent views of Mam Tor as you walk towards it.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Barber Booth, route information, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
I would always recommend that you take a paper map with you on the walk, details below on which map you need for this walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!
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Rushup Edge via Lord’s Seat from Barber Booth
Rushup Edge walk mapClick for OS online route here
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 10757 84727
Car parking address: Hope Valley, S33 7ZL
This is a really small free car parking area, only big enough for about 10-12 cars, perfect for mid-week adventures. But if you’re planning on coming at the weekend, you either need to arrive really early or opt for walks from nearby Edale instead which has a larger car park and facilities.
Nearest train station: Edale train station (1.3 mile/2 km)
It’s a short walk along the road from Edale to Barber Booth, of course, there’s an alternative (off-road) route. Comment or drop me an email and I’ll share the best way to go.
Facilities on the walk
There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Barber Booth.
On the walk, there are also no toilets or other facilities. The nearest public toilets are at Edale village (1.3 miles away).
Other useful information
The ridge walk section is very exposed and can be cold on windy days as the wind hits you from every direction, have some warm layers to put on for this part of the walk.
Walking the last section can be quite muddy through the fields towards Barber Booth
This route is fairly easy to navigate once you’re on the ridge but I would recommend you take a 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 Mam Tor (next summit along from Rushup Edge)
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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Rushup Edge via Lord’s Seat walk route
Stage 1 – Barber Booth to Rushup Edge
Distance: 1.8 miles/2.8 km
Grid reference SK 10757 84727
From Barber Booth car park, first, head back down the track that you drove up for about 400 metres.
There’s then a stile on your right to climb over, following a narrow track as it gradually ascends through a couple of fields.
Walk up until you reach a wider track, known as ‘Chapel gate’ (track). Follow this until you reach a fence where the path splits right and left, this is the start of Rushup Edge.
Stage 2 – Rushup Edge to Mam Tor (road below)
Distance: 1.7 mile/2.7 km
Grid reference SK 09917 82912
Turn left and follow the track, as it continues to ascend. Go through a gate then the path flattens out so you can enjoy the views without heavy breathing!
This section of the path is pretty straightforward as you follow the path along the ridge, admiring the views on both sides to the valleys and hills beyond.
As the path reaches a fenced off flatter area, known as Lord’s Seat, it’s a good place to stop for a drink or snack, especially when the sun is shining.
Continue walking along the ridge, towards Mam Tor. As you near the road which cuts through the hills, it’s fun to explore right to the end of the ridge but then it’s harder to get down.
Where the path splits just before, take the right-hand path down to a gate where you meet the road.
Stage 3 – Mam Tor to Barber Booth
Distance: 1.7 miles/2.7 km
Grid reference SK 12495 83437
Follow the road in between the hills, then go through the stile on the left, this cuts a short section of the road out, but definitely worth walking on the grass instead of concrete.
Descend gradually, over another stile and back onto the road, continuing down for a short distance until you see another stile on the opposite side a few hundred metres down.
Go over the stile and head down a narrow path, there are a few signposts to keep you on track but just head down, following Harden Clough through a few trees.
As the paths meet a cross junction, take the path on the left, which takes you over several muddy fields and a little bridge all the way to the road at Barber Booth.
From here, follow the road ahead all the way back to Barber Booth car park.
Do you have any more questions about the Rushup Edge walk? Ask me in the comments below.
Options to extend this walk
If you’re loving this walk, you can continue up and over Mam Tor, then walk along the ridge to Hollins Cross and drop down from there. This would add about an extra mile onto this route. You can view the route here.
Or if you are feeling really adventurous then you could do the Edale Skyline from Barber Booth, the route I’ve shared is from Hope, but as it’s a huge 20-mile circular walk you can start at any point – Edale Skyline 20-mile route.
More walks in the Peak District
Love the walks in the Peak District? You might like these Peak District circular walks.
Have you done this walk, let me know any feedback in the comments? Tell me in the comments below.
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