Jacobs Ladder

Walk 11: Up Grinsbrook, down Jacobs Ladder

Deep in serious hiker territory, Grinsbrook, Kinder Scout and Jacobs Ladder are musts for anyone who wants to experience the rugged, wilder side of the Peak District with a challenging 10-miler. Enjoy breathtaking views, rivers, waterfalls and unusual rock formations.

Starting from Edale, you will climb the rocky ascent of Grindsbrook, heading towards Kinder Low. You will then loop back down via Jacobs Ladder, before taking the return route to Edale. The conveniently placed Old Nags Head pub calls to you at the end of the walk – we suggest a good cuppa/pint/proscecco to reflect on your mighty achievement.


Weather Forecast

Derbyshire, UK

Parking Location/Start

Map and Gradient

Total distance: 7.65 mi
Max elevation: 609 m
Min elevation: 242 m
Total climbing: 476 m


Print page

Safety First

Do not rely on the guidance below to soley navigate the hike. We highly recommend downloading the accompanying GPX file and loading it into a navigation device/app. Always take a physical map and compass with you as backup, and know how to use them. Take care out there.


  1. From the main car park, turn right heading north along the 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, take the slabbed path continuing forward onto the moorland.
  6. Shortly you will be looking down onto Crowden Clough, from where the path will skirt around the edge for about half a mile until meeting a stream. Cross the stream and take the higher path on the right, ascending up towards Crowden Tower.
  7. Continue on the path for about 1 mile, cutting through some stunning rock formations.
  8. Upon reaching Noe Head, continue on the path left heading southwest towards Jacobs Ladder.
  9. Head down Jacobs Ladder and follow the track towards Upper Booth Farm for about 1 mile.
  10. At Upper Booth, turn left and head through the courtyard of buildings and head for the gate with the fingerpost signed to Edale.
  11. The path once again ascends and eventually descends back towards Edale, bringing you out at the Old Nags Head pub.
  12. After refreshments, head south back along Marys Lane, retracing your steps back to the car park.

Questions or comment about this route? Leave them in the comments section below.

Walk In Derbyshire

View posts by Walk In Derbyshire
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.

Leave a comment

Scroll to top