Mam Tor

Mam Tor

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Recommended by 687 out of 694 hikers

Hikes to Mam Tor are magical all year round, placing you on the very threshold between the Dark Peak and the White Peak. With gorgeous Edale on one side; the charming Hope Valley on the other; the huge bulk of Kinder Scout to the north and the limestone splendour of the Winnats Pass to the south, you could make a case for Mam Tor being the beating heart of the Peak District. On a clear enough day, you can see all the way to Manchester.

The unique charms of the Shivering Mountain

The hill is famous for its caverns, where the precious mineral Blue John was once mined. Active landslides on its eastern face have given birth to a number of mini-hills, giving the main summit its title of Mam Tor, or ‘Mother Hill’. Due to this, it is also evocatively known as the Shivering Mountain, thanks to this habit of ‘shivering’ off its layers.

Walking routes to Mam Tor take full advantage of this phenomena, taking you to intriguing places like the ruins of the old A625. Today, the road has been buckled and twisted, overgrown and reclaimed by nature: a post-apocalyptic vision.

There are so many great ways to get to Mam Tor. The summit is the main link between Rushup Edge to the west and the Great Ridge, which terminates on Lose Hill to the east. Fantastically accessible ridge walking on comfortably paved slabs makes this a great day out for the whole family. Castleton is the obvious base, whilst there are plenty of camping options in Edale.


  • Adele

    The thing I love about Mam Tor is the sheer amount of options you have. I've been here several times and you can do a really short walk from the road up Mam Tor, this is great if you want to get out and the weather is a little bit less than ideal. However, if you want to extend this hike, you can climb Mam Tor, descend, and hike up and across Mam Nick which is a lovely, much longer hike. This mountain is quite long in comparison, extending the short Mam Tor hike from an hour or two, to a half-day trip. There's also Win Hill and Lose Hill nearby, and they can provide a further extension, both lovely hikes... I spent a full day exploring this area and these hills and mountains, and it wasn't enough! I've been back a few times, but if you're from further afield, I recommend staying here a few days as there are lots of other things to do in and around Castleton too!

    • May 13, 2018

  • Tom

    Probably the one of the most popular peaks in the Peaks, and when you see the views you can understand why.

    • February 25, 2019

  • Breeze

    Incredible views, but the gusts can blow you off your feet on a windy day!

    • August 28, 2018

  • Sam Horsley

    Brilliant views, well worth walking along the whole ridge.

    • July 18, 2018

  • Breeze

    Invigorating climb and certainly blows away the cobwebs on a windy day!

    • August 27, 2018

  • troghalls

    Fascinating to see the power of nature and the way the landslips have destroyed the road

    • May 4, 2018

  • Jonathan - MTB Derbyshire

    You can ride your bike up here. There are routes from both the Edale and Castleton sides that take you to Hollins cross . There is also a gate where the road cuts the peaks of mam nick and mam tor. That runs around below the peak to join the limestone pavement section. Stunning views. Get there really early to see it at its best IMHO.

    • December 29, 2018

  • Alex Taylor

    Popular spot with great views over the Edale & Castleton valleys, good start point for a hike along the great ridge to Hope or the other way along spectacular Rushup edge and maybe watch the hang gliders

    • August 27, 2019

  • ukadventurers

    Great viewpoints. Easy climb

    • October 15, 2019

  • Thomas29

    Grandiose panoramic view. Beautiful landscape. I will miss the peaks.

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    • October 19, 2019

  • Thomas29

    The view is simply indescribable. She must have been seen.

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    • November 15, 2019

  • Thomas29

    The most beautiful place in the Peak District. The view is terrific. The landscape is picturesquely beautiful. You do not want to leave here. Mam Tor and the surrounding area is a must for every visitor to the Peak District.

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    • December 4, 2019

  • National Trust

    Savour the dramatic views from Mam Tor over the Peak District. As you ascend the steps keep an eye out for the special stones in the steps, which hint at the iron age settlers who once lived on this hill.

    As you start to climb the steps you can see, on the other side of the road, the thin and unstable beds of shale and sandstone of which Mam Tor is made. Take care! Cliffs and unstable edges.

    • January 28, 2020

  • ukadventurers

    Symbols on the floor and steps leading up to Mam Tor

    • February 17, 2020

  • ukadventurers

    Lots of parking, great walking paths, great for everyone in the family. cafe,toilets and national trust shops

    • October 9, 2019

  • ukadventurers

    Save it for a calm and not windy day.

    • October 15, 2019

  • Liam


    • August 9, 2020

  • Gemma Adaway

    One of the most dramatic viewpoints in the Peak District. The viewpoint at Mam Tor stretches north over the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors. Absolutely stunning

    • September 6, 2020

  • Gemma Adaway

    The views from the top of Mam Tor are simply stunning, taking in the whole of the Hope Valley on one side and the whole of the Edale Valley to Kinder Scout and the Derwent Moors on the other.
    Mam Tor, literally meaning Mother Hill, stands at 517 m high and towers over Castleton

    • September 6, 2020

  • Rob

    have fun

    • September 12, 2020

  • Angie Trek

    It can be a really busy path to get to the top, so I would suggest trying to go as early as possible, but still, the view of the valley and hills all around is marvelous.

    • October 10, 2020

  • Christopher Lynas

    Very, very, accessible and beautiful views. Gliders to see too. But, it's a victim of its own success and feels like THE BUSIEST PEAK in the Peak District - think Box Hill in London. Go early, park on the road to blue John cavern and save yourself a fortune.

    • October 18, 2020

  • Rui Pedro Tremoceiro

    Mother Hill is something special. Go there and check by yourself.

    • November 11, 2020

  • Adrian K-ACC

    Mam tor really is a Gem in the British isles

    • January 11, 2021

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Location: Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom


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