Walk 8: Grindsbrook Scramble

A short but challenging hike with a strenuous climb which rewards you with awesome views over the Vale of Edale, one of the most beautiful parts of the Peaks.

Starting with a steep ascent, you touch the edge of Edale Moor and skirt along the narrow path overlooking the valley, before eventually heading back down into Edale via Grinslow Knoll. There is the conveniently placed Old Nags Head pub at the end of the walk to reflect on your mini achievement over some well-deserved refreshment.

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  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Minimum Duration: 3 hrs
  • Refreshments: PubCafe
  • Route: Download .gpx file
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 12400 85349


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


Derbyshire, UK

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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. From the car park, turn right heading north along Marys Lane, passing the Old Nags Head pub.
  2. After about half a mile from the car park, turn right following the fingerpost signed Grindsbrook.
  3. Cross the bridge and head left onto the well defined slabbed path.
  4. Continue along the path for about 1.5 miles, ascending up Grindsbrook. Note that the well-defined path becomes less so and much rockier. Some scrambling may be necessary.
  5. Once at the top on Edale Moor, signified by a large cairn, turn left along the path towards Grindlow Knoll.
  6. Continue along the path from where it eventually descends back into Edale, bringing you out at the Old Nags Head pub.
  7. After refreshments, head south back along Marys Lane, retracing your steps back to the car park.
  • Burbage Brook
  • Slabbed footpath
  • Edale
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Grinsbrook
  • Kinder Scout
  • Kinder Scout

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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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