Walk 16: Kinder Downfall Yomp

A challenging hike with breathtaking views and unusual rock formations along the way. If you are looking for a sense of awe and solitude, this walk is the one for you.

From the beautiful village of Edale you will ascend up Ringing Roger, hike along the edge of Edale Moor, across the expansive Kinder Plateau, to Kinder Downfall and down Jacobs Ladder before returning for a well-earned pub stop.

Unless you are a highly experienced hiker with great navigation skills, this route is best avoided in poor/treacherous conditions.

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  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Minimum Duration: 5 hrs
  • Refreshments: PubCafe
  • Route: Download .gpx file
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 12392 85357


Paid parking is available at Edale Car Park, S33 7ZL.


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Safety First

Please do not rely on this walking guide to solely navigate the hike. Always take a paper map and compass with you and make sure you know how to use them. Hiking is generally safe, but there are always potential risks. Use common sense, plan your route beforehand and make a reasonable judgment at all times.


  1. Starting from Edale, follow the steep ascent right up towards Ringing Roger and continue to skirt left around Grindsbrook Clough.
  2. Upon meeting the distinct top of Grindsbrook, signified by a large cairn, take the slabbed path right crossing the Kinder Plateau.
  3. At Crowden Brook, head right following the stream passing Kinder Gates. Beware of bogs and peat along this stretch as it can be difficult to negotiate, even in good conditions.
  4. Continue on to Kinder Downfall with its spectacular views over to western counties.
  5. Head south down to Kinder Low, pass Edale Rocks, and descend down Jacobs Ladder.
  6. Pass over the bridge and follow the track until reaching Upper Booth.
  7. Turn left and head through Upper Booth taking the footpath from the back of the farm.
  8. Continue to ascend, passing Broadlee-Bank Tor on the left.
  9. The path eventually descends on the home stretch back to Edale.
  • Kinder Gates
  • Kinder Scout
  • Rock formations
  • Gorgeous rocks
  • Gully
  • Kinder Scout
  • Ringing Roger
  • Hikers head up the valley

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Leigh Walker

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Hi I'm Leigh, the creator Walk In Derbyshire. I've been walking in the Peak District National Park for over 30 years and have a huge passion for connecting with nature and hiking in the outdoors. I write up the all the walks for Walk In Derbyshire and am also the lead on our group hikes.

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