Lose Hill to Mam Tor - A walk with Bob & Geoff - Sat 17th Jan 2009
This is a fairly easy walk of around 10km / 6miles starting from the picturesque village of Castleton in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District.

We had endured constant rain during our journey from Doncaster this morning, so you can imagine our delight when no sooner had we pulled into the car park at Castleton than the rain stopped and the sun started to poke its way through the clouds!

We leave by the gate at the bottom of the car park and follow Hollowford Rd, turning right at the conference cente and following the lane until we reach Riding House Farm.

Following the signs now to Lose Hill we reach Spring House Farm where we pick up the path heading north and climbing up past Lose Hill Farm before gaining the ridge.

Having just crossed this stile we stop to admire the view along the ridge to Mam Tor.
It is now a short climb to reach the summit of Lose Hill, also referred to as Ward's Piece 476m / 1562ft.

The view looking east from Lose Hill to Win Hill

Follow the link to find out more about Ward's Piece

The clouds were clearing and temperatures rising as we turned to head sw along the ridge.

Edale and Kinder Scout can be seen across the valley.

The view to Mam Tor as we approach Back Tor along the undulating ridge.
After crossing Back Tor 391m / 1283ft we look back to admire the view.

The view along the ridge as we pass through Hollins Cross and onwards along the ridge.
Mam Tor 517m / 1696ft affording splendid views down the Hope valley
As we leave Mam Tor and descend east we take a last look back along the ridge to Lose Hill.
The view to Castleton and beyond to Hope with its famous landmark - The cement factory
We arrive at the remains of the old Mam Tor pass - finally shut to traffic in 1979

Geoff inspects the damage!

To find out more follow the link: Mam Tor - The Problem
We follow the old road down to the old Odin mine then pick up the path heading se across the fields back to Castleton.

An excellant and interesting walk made so much better by the glorious British weather!