A tiny village with old stone houses and a rural train station, Edale might be a sleepy place if it were located anywhere else. When it comes to picking walks in Edale though, you’re so spoilt for choice that it’s easy to see why this area draws hikers from all over the country. Edale is enduringly popular as it’s surrounded by outstanding landscape and yet it’s only half an hour from both Manchester and Sheffield by train. The combination of access and pure, wild beauty puts many Edale hikes at the top of walkers’ lists.
Exploring Edale’s surroundings, you can ramble lakeside trails, enjoy far-reaching views from Kinder Scout’s summit and be safe in the knowledge you’ll find a route to match your mood. The immediate area is well prepared to help you rest after a day’s hiking too, with campsites, B&Bs, hotels and lots of pub grub. Ready to start exploring Edale’s trails? Take a look at our hiking routes to begin planning your adventure.
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Edale village is a natural base if you’re going hiking in the area because many trails start from the village itself. Without needing to drive to begin the majority of Edale’s hikes, you can arrive by train and hit the trails easily.
Edale sits in the Hope Valley on the edge of the River Noe. The village of Hope is just a few miles to the south-east with the Noe linking the two. If you’re after relatively flat hiking in beautiful surroundings, you won’t be disappointed as you explore the valley’s gentle landscapes.
Some of the best hiking trails in Edale are those that rise steadily above the village to the north and to the south. With the Peak District’s highest point, Kinder Scout, nearby and beautiful Mam Tor overlooking Edale to the south, there are few better places for views than here.
There’s not only plenty of varied trails to choose from, but you can also pick a route depending on what the weather’s up to. On clear, sunny days, the summits and ridges are stunning. If the weather turns a little wet and windy, the valley trails offer more shelter.
While Edale village is a hub for walkers, it’s still very much a small village. In the height of summer, hotels and campsites can get booked up fast so it’s best to plan in advance.
Luckily, many of the best walks in Edale are accessible all year round, depending on your hiking experience level. The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn can provide misty mornings, phenomenal light and some of the best flowers and wildlife sightings.
In winter, the Edale region is no stranger to snowfall. In fact, the resident mountain hares rely on it as their fur turns white to help them blend in through the coldest months. Winter walking here can be breathtaking and is absolutely worth the red nose. The weather can change quickly on high ground though so proper preparation, including appropriate clothing and a mobile phone, is key.
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