Most people’s first experience of Winnats Pass will be driving through the pass via the road. It really is one of those wow moment and if you’re lucky to be the passenger you can really take it all in!
This walk takes you above Winnats Pass and the views really are amazing. The route starts in nearby Castleton, a popular place to start many different walks and from there it takes you up a steep and rocky path to Winnats Pass.
It’s a challenging hike so be sure to read the ‘other useful information’ section to be sure this walk is for you.
After walking along Winnats Pass you descend down to the road then across and back uphill to the wonderful Mam Tor, with even more great views.
This is a tough walk but it really has some of the best views for a short route.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk from Castleton, route information, GPX file, facilities on the walk, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Do you have any more questions about this route? Ask me in the comments.
Winnats Pass + Mam Tor walk from Castleton
Winnats Pass + Mam Tor walk mapClick for OS online map
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 14936 82940
Car parking address: Castleton Visitor Centre, Buxton Road, Castleton, S33 8WN
There are plenty of car parking spaces at the visitor centre but Castleton is this is a popular place for hiking so spaces can fill up if you don’t arrive early. There’s an additional car park further down the road if this one is full.
Up to 1 hour £1.60
1-2 hours £2.50
2-4 hours £4.00
4-10 hours £6.00
*Prices correct at time of writing
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 start your hike later as the cafe doesn’t open until 10 am) and snacks for your hike.
There are also other shops and cafes in Castleton village that you can treat yourself to goodies either before or after the walk. There are also several pubs for that after walk drink. The Castle pub is one of my favourites.
There are no further shops or additional toilet facilities on this walk.
Other useful information
The hike up to Winnats Pass is particularly steep, in fact, you may need to use your hands and scramble up some sections. Also if it’s wet weather then the path will be really slippy. It’s not a route I would recommend if you are hiking with children.
Also, the section walking along Winnats Pass is a steep cliff and there are sheer drops along sections of the path down to the road.
You can get some beautiful skies at sunrise and sunset as Winnats Pass runs east to west so works perfectly for a good photo.
Not sure this route is for you? Here are 9 more options for hiking up Mam Tor in Derbyshire
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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!
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Winnats Pass + Mam Tor walk route
Stage 1 – Castleton village to Winnats Pass
Distance: 1 miles/1.6 km
Grid reference SK 14919 82956
Turn right out of Castleton Visitor Centre and walk down the road for about 200 metres, crossing the road at the car park where you’ll see a sign.
Turn left through the car park then take the road bearing right heading uphill.
Continue until you reach a gate that takes you to a single track path alongside a wall. From here, you’ll be able to see the Great Ridge and Mam Tor on your right and Winnats Pass in front of you.
Walk along the path until you reach a second gate. Here you can see a rough trail heading steeply up to the top. (If at this point you decide this route isn’t for you, you can bypass this section of the walk and opt to walk through Winnats Pass next to the road.)
Hike up with the boundary fence on your left, there are some sections where a rope has been tied on a gate post. You can use this as an aid to hike up this section (unless you feel it’s no longer safe).
Follow the narrow rocky gully all the way to the top, where you will reach the grassy section of Long Cliff. Keep close to the boundary wall and walk until you reach the start of Winnats Pass.
Stage 2 – Winnats Pass to Mam Tor
Distance: 1.4 mile/2.3 km
Grid reference SK 13804 82520
As you walk along Winnats Pass there is a boundary fence where you can see the trail goes along. You can explore a little closer to the edge but as mentioned previously it’s a sheer drop so please be careful near the edge, especially when the weather is bad.
If you have time to stop and enjoy the views it’s worth taking a rest along this section, watching the tiny cars wind their way through WInnats Pass and then admiring the views in the distance.
At the end of Winnats Pass, there’s another steep descent down to the road, not quite as steep as before but still steep enough to take it slow!
Cross over the road and go through the gate on the other side.
Bear left on the footpath, crossing two roads, as you head towards of Mam Tor, which you should be able to see on a clear day. Then up a final grassy bank that takes you to the bottom of Mam Tor.
At the gate at the top, you’ll see a sign for Mam Tor and from here you take the stone path up to Mam Tor summit, marked with a trig point.
Stage 3 – Mam Tor to Castleton
Distance: 1.9 mile/3 km
Grid reference SK 12776 83600
From Mam Tor summit, you now continue along the path descending along the Great Ridge, there are beautiful views to the valleys each side so another lovely part of the walk.
Continue all the way to Hollins Cross, a large stone marker. Go through the gate then take the right-hand path that heads downhill back in the direction of Mam Tor.
This is a narrow path which eventually, brings you out on the old road that is no longer in use due to subsidence in the area. Walk down the road, then after 300 metres look for a footpath on the left near some old millstones.
This footpath takes you through a small wooded section, across a little wooden bridge then back via fields to Castleton village and out onto the main road. Turn left and you are back at the visitor centre.
Do you have any more questions about this walk, ask me in the comments below?
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