Classic Hayfield to Kinder Scout Circular

MODERATE 4 reviews

Classic Hayfield to Kinder Scout Circular is a 16.1 kilometer loop trail located near High Peak, Derbyshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Distance: 16.1 km Elevation Gain: 658 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

walking

bird watching

lake

partially paved

views

wildlife

rocky

historic site

This is the classic route starting from Hayfield taking in Kinder Reservoir, William Clough, Kinder Downfall, Kinder Low and returning via Swine's Back and Eadale Cross. It is the route followed on 24th April 1932 from Bowden Bridge Quarry on the occasion of a 'mass trespass' lead by conservation activist Benny Rothman. After reaching Kinder Downfall there were violent struggles with gamekeepers and landowners resulting in five ramblers being sent to prison. It was not until 1955 that the first access agreement was signed. The Kinder plateau is 6 square miles in area and is covered in a deep blanket of peat bog. The underlying rock is millstone grit. Kinder Low is the highest point in the Peak District. The Roman road between Buxton and Glossop came through the village of Hayfield which was recorded in the domesday book of 1086 as 'Hedfield'. In medieval times it was part of the 'Royal Forest of the Peak'. Hayfield information centre and bus terminus occupy the site of the former station which closed in 1970. Kinder Reservoir was opened in 1912 to supply the ever expanding area of Stockport. Clay for the dam was dug from the site of the present Hayfield campsite, where before that a large cloth printworks stood. The former water treatment works are now derelict. On the way to the reservoir is passed Booth Sheepwash. Sheepwahing took place in May and was a big social occasion when all the farms came together to wash their sheep. They manufactured their own sheep dip using soft soap and creosote which was boiled and used to kill lice and keds and remove peat from their fleeces.

hiking
3 days ago

We started this trail off from the Sportsman Pub - it was free parking outside on the road. We set off at 11am and progressed the route clockwise past the reservoir on our right. Gorgeous views of the reservoir and really enjoyed the climb to the top which followed the water flow. Walking boots required for the descent as it was very rocky and uneven. Took us 4 hours to complete & had a drink at The Sportman afterwards. Would definitely recommend this route for someone looking for a scenic walk with some challenging sections.

great hike, challenging up to kinder scout but a nice route down. luckily we went on a dry day but i imagine it would be quite dangerous/slippy if raining. we went a bit of off piste from the main route but lots of options to take.

hiking
2 months ago

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