Today's walk takes you from the verdant and tree peppered valley with a small river that courses through its floor up to a high, rocky and windswept tidge. The village of Edale, with a train station, a cafe and public toilets is your start point. Heading East you will cross the river and start climbing almost immediately. Back Tor towers above you, its south face a mass dark of gritstone looming over the valley. As you summit the first tor you head East, following the ridge to Lose Tor, with unspoilt views below for 180 degrees and the ridge disappearing into the distance behind you. Dropping to the other side of the ridge you will pass through a beautiful forest before rising again and following the crest of the ridge all the way to the old hill fort of Mam Tor before dropping down a wide path back into Edale.
You will need to take a train to Edale to start your walk today. Trains leave frequently from Hathersage and it takes approx 15 minutes to reach Edale. You can view the timetable at https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/.
If visibility is bad then you will need to take care on this walk.
There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,
Some of the ground can be uneven, with steep descents and muddy/boggy ground. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously where needed, the mud is especially tricky in wet weather.
A note about farms and animals: Be very aware of closing gates behind you. Remember, animals on a farm are not pets and can be closer to a wild animal than a domestic pet - particularly for dogs. The main risk today is horses as the path often crosses fields with grazing horses.
When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.
Tips and hints
Food and Drink
There is a great cafe at the station in Edale, make sure you check for opening times on their website. Otherwise, there are plenty of places to stop for a picnic (although the ridge is a little exposed so perhaps opt for lunch at a lower point) but this must be bought in Hathersage before you arrive in Edale as there are no shops in the village.
Points of Interest
Back Tor is the first Tor you summit hen you approach the ridge. It is the most imposing, with a wall of dark gritstone and a very special view from the summit on a clear day. It is also the steepest and most arduous part of the days climbing, so don't worry if you are feeling tired after it, the route does get easier.
The hill is crowned by a late Bronze Age and early Iron Age univallate hill fort, and two Bronze Age bowl barrows. At the base of the Tor and nearby are four show caves: Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Peak Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern where lead, Blue John, fluorspar and other minerals were once mined. Blue John is a beautiful jewel that is found in this cave alone.
The highest point of Rushup Edge is Lord's Seat, which offers a grand view east to Mam Tor and the Castleton Ridge.
Sturdy waterproof boots as the path can be slippery and wet in parts.
Walking poles for stream crossing and muddy descents if the weather is wet.