Hollins Cross, Back Tor, Lose Hill, Win Hill & Hope - Wednesday 19 September 2012
Barber Booth - Hollins Cross - Back Tor - Lose Hill - Win Hill - Hope - Hope Station
Barber Booth (Free) - Grid Ref SK108847
Good ridge walking on very good paths. The A6187 road from Hope to Hope Station is busy therefore take care.
Mixed bag of sunny spells and cloud - visibility generally good
OL1 - The Peak District (Dark Peak Area)
We were staying locally in Barber Booth therefore decided to walk to Hope via part of the delightful Great Ridge and then on to Win Hill. This would be a linear walk as we would catch the train back to Edale from Hope Station. There is parking available in Barber Booth although this walk could easily be started from Edale and from there intersect with the path to Hollins Cross. We have walked in this area on many occasions and rejoiced in how quiet it is - apart from the easily accessible Mam Tor which we avoided today.
Reaching Hollins Cross there now begins a superb walk over the ridge to Back Tor and on to Lose Hill with glorious views to the Hope Valley and over to Edale & Kinder Scout. On a clear day like we had today, we took our time and really enjoyed the varied walking, particularly the steep climb up to Back Tor and the pleasant wide path to Lose Hill.
From Lose Hill we dropped down into the Hope Valley, north of the village and crossed over the railway to Fullwood Stile Farm where a good rising path leads to a junction at Wooler Knoll - from here the path switches back and makes its way over good ground to reach the steep rise up to the summit of Win Hill. All along the approach to Win Hill are superb views down to Ladybower Reservoir and back along the Great Ridge to Mam Tor, Back Tor and Lose Hill.
From the summit of Win Hill the route descends swiftly to Hope. On reaching the village there is about half a mile of road walking along the A6187 to Hope Station.
We both really enjoyed this walk - superb scenery, quiet and with visits to 4 glorious summits in a beautiful part of the Peak District.
Castleton from Back Tor
Looking back to Mam Tor from Back Tor
The summit of Back Tor
Looking towards Edale & Kinder Scout
Lose Hill ahead with Win Hill to the right
Another view of Win Hill
Looking back along the ridge to Mam Tor & Rushup Edge
On the summit of Lose Hill
Great views from Lose Hill over Kinder, Rushup Edge & Mam Tor
The toposcope on the summit of Lose Hill
Lose Hill from the approaches to Win Hill
Almost at Win Hill
Nearly there .......
Ladybower Reservoir and the Ashopton Viaduct from Win Hill
The summit of Win Hill
Looking back on a superb ridge walk from the descent to Hope - Mam Tor, Back Tor and Lose Hill
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