Edale Skyline

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Edale Skyline route is a classic for walkers and runners. Parking is available in the public car park in Edale (pay & display), or you can come via train to Edale station. From both walk up the
road, past the post office and Nags Head pub to the start field at the bottom of Ringing Roger. Nearest petrol stations are in Chapel-en-le-frith or Hope.

Starting from this field, the route circumnavigates the whole of the skyline around the Edale Valley. The views are superb and on a clear
day you can see all the surrounding hills and valleys towards Sheffield, Derwent and Kinder at various points on the route.  The
terrain on this route is varied, with classic dark peak rocky footpaths, grassy paths, a little tarmac, flagged sections (Mam Tor,
Brown Knoll and parts of southern path of the Kinder plateau), peat bog and heather trods. Fell shoes are the best option, though in dry
conditions trail shoes would work well. 

The route is run by a few hundred fell runners towards the end of March each year, see the FRA website for details of the race. It is advertised as 34km / 21.1m with 1373m / 4505ft of ascent. The start is up the steep zigzag path to Ringing Roger, then traditionally turns to run the route clockwise. Running along the southern edge of Kinder you can see your next summit off in the distance, Win Hill, and across the valley to The Great Ridge of Lose Hill to Mam Tor. On the race route the descent was altered last year, but the gpx track attached sticks to the old route and either open access land or rights of way. After the descent of Win Hill there's a short road section and then the big climb up Lose Hill where the views back into the Edale valley open up before you. The run along the popular ridge can be busy at weekends, but it's worth it. Mam Tor at the far end is the sight of a Roman Fort, and from here you descend down to Mam Nick, before climbing back up on good paths to Rushup Edge. 

The navigation at the western end of Rushup Edge across to Brown Knoll can be challenging in poor weather (as can other parts of the route,
but here especially) so ensure you are happy with map & compass if attempting the route in poor visibility. The ground under foot along
to Brown Knoll is notoriously wet and boggy (man-eating in places) so I'd recommend doing the route in summer and when the conditions have
been dry for a few weeks. 

After Brown Knoll you reach Edale Cross then climb back onto the southern edge path, taking in the famous Woolpacks (lots of rock
formations), the Pagoda, past Crowdon Towers and then up to Grindslow Knoll. There's a short out and back section here, where on race day
you must go to the official check point on Grindslow Knoll and see your finish point, Edale, way below you. Leaving the knoll behind you
turn right at the top of Grindsbrook Knoll for the final section back to Ringing Roger. Descending off you must stick to the zig-zag path to
accomplish the full route - race day does not permit short cuts here!

Celebrate your finish with a well earned icecream from the post office, tea in one of the local cafes or a pint in the Nags or the
Ramblers nearer the car park. Whatever your choice, with Edale being the start of the Pennine Way weekend visitors are sure to keep the
village busy. 

Lynne's write up of her run around this route can be found on her blog, Running Delights.

Posted in Race Routes, asked by Lynne Taylor, 4 years ago. 12021 hits.

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Max Elevation 634 m
Total Elevation Gain 1343.1 m
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Total Distance 34470 m
Total Time 4h 24m 40s
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