Kinder Scout from Hayfield walk
Parking: Bowden Bridge car park and there is additional free parking along Kinder Road
Facilities: There are public toilets across the road
Map: Map & GPS download here, also try route planning using the Komoot app.
This is a great circular route which takes in some fabulous views of the Peak District from its highest point (weather dependent of course!), Kinder Scout. I did this route with some friends a couple of years ago when they were in training for the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
Starting from the car park, head across the road and follow down to Booth. Cross the river over Booth Bridge and then follow the signpost through a gate on the left.
Follow the path along the river bank until you get to a footbridge and cross over here. Once you reach the entrance to the water works, take the cobbled lane to your left. As you climb this lane you’ll get to enjoy some stunning views of the reservoir.
Continue on, ignoring the stony track to your left. From here there are a choice of routes which all lead to the top. As you get towards the top you’ll reach some stone steps. Take a right here and climb some stone steps to Kinder Plateau.
Continue along this path and you’ll see Mermaid’s Pool beneath slopes, perfect for a dip if the weather is good!
Keep going and you’ll reach the boulders which signify Kinder Downfall – an impressive waterfall. If the weather is windy, you’ll be lucky enough to see the waterfall in inversion, where it blows backwards, which is really quite spectacular.
The summit of Kinder Scout is not marked by a trig point but the Kinder Low trig point is further along the route.
From here, follow the flagstone path to the right. Turn right through the gate and you’ll find an ancient marker post in the shape of a cross. Follow the path downhill.
Carry on along the path through fields until you arrive at a tarmac road, bearing right at the fork in the road with the stream on your left and then continue on to your starting point at Bowden Bridge car park.