Weekend Walks: Mam Tor

This hugely popular walk in the Peak District is the best chance to see the dramatic summit of Mam Tor.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 27 July 2022

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No, you won’t take this two-hour walk to the viewpoint and find a load of confused mam’s there (well, you might, but that’s not what Mam Tor is renowned for), but it’s definitely a nice walk to take your mam on, that’s for sure.

Near Castleton and stretching into the Peak District, this beautiful walk takes you to a viewpoint at the ‘summit’ for want of a better word, where you can see a landscape that stretches from the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Waters.

Known as the ‘shivering mountain’, Mam Tor is said to be one of the best ridge walks in the country. For the more intrepid explorers, you can opt to extend the route to 8 miles, which includes a walk along the river on your way back to Castleton.

If you’re less intrepid and more of a ‘I’ll take the scenic route’ type, you can trek along the 6.5 mile walk passing Treak Cliff and Blue John Cavern – two of the biggest attractions at Mam Tor.

Another great reason to try out Mam Tor is that both Castleton and Hope have some excellent pubs and tea rooms for you to rest your feet and recuperate once you’ve climbed – particularly the famous Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn.