Edale and the Hope Valley are two of the most picturesque and dramatic landscapes in the Peak District. Hikes to Lose Hill take you to the shapely eastern termination of the Great Ridge, which separates these sumptuous valleys. A full traverse of the ridge is spectacular and straightforward, a perfect day on the trails for the whole family.
From Lose Hill’s summit is a glorious panorama. The extensive upland moor of Kinder Scout dominates the north western horizon, whilst the famous gritstone edges of Bamford and Stanage can be seen to the east, beyond shapely Win Hill and the Ladybower reservoir. The summit is marked by a squat stone-built cylinder topped by a viewfinder, allowing you to take note of what’s what in the magnificent surrounding countryside.
Once you’ve taken in the views from the summit, it is easy to continue your day along the Great Ridge to the other summits of Back Tor, Barker Bank and Mam Tor, via the well-trodden junction of Hollins Cross.
A well-constructed path makes the going very easy and minimises erosion along the ridgeline. The full traverse is deservedly popular so, if you are looking for any kind of solitude, the bookends of the day are probably the best time to ascend.
Direct walking routes to Lose Hill usually begin from either Hope or Castleton. Both villages are effortlessly pretty and boast plenty of establishments for a refuel. The Great Ridge can also be accessed from gorgeous Edale to the north, which has plenty of camping options.
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