There's no easing in to the Pennine Way - your first day has the second most ascent of any day on the route and starts with a tough climb up Jacob's Ladder to Kinder Low, followed by a challenging traverse of Kinder Scout. In good weather however you'll enjoy extensive views once you reach Kinder Downfall.
The path improves hereafter and you'll be able to appreciate the work that has gone into improving the path as you follow the reclaimed mill stone path from Mill Hill to Snake Pass (before the path was laid you would have to navigate the knee deep bog!).
Another climb follows once you cross the road to Bleaklow Head before you descend to Torside Reservoir following the valley down the course of Torside Clough.
Tip van de auteur
The accommodation we use for this evening is all located off the path and we will have arranged a taxi to come and pick you up from where the path crosses the B6105 to take you to your accommodation. They will return you back to the same point the following morning. Please refer to your included documentation and itinerary for details.
RustplaatsenThe Old Nag's Head
The Rambler Inn
Penny Pot Cafe
There are a couple of brief steep rocky sections along today's stage. Take care as the rock can be particularly slippery when wet.
From Kinder Low navigation can be tricky, particularly in poor conditions as the path is wide and rock-strewn. Watch out for the occasional stone cairns to keep you right but if in doubt and in poor weather use of the map and GPS track will help. At Bleaklow Head, ensure you look out for the two stone block markers beside the large cairn to keep you right.
Please take care while crossing the A57 road at Snake Pass as there can be fast moving traffic along the road.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Pennine Way map published by Harvey Maps. They publish a map for both the North and South section of the walk so if you are doing the full walk you will need both. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend Trailblazer's Pennine Way by Stuart Greig & Henry Stedman.
Tips en hints
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest. Click the icons on the map for more information.
Points of Interest
After ascending Jacob's Ladder you will reach the impressive boulders known as Edale Rocks. Once you reach these looming rocks you know your not far from the first summit of Kinder Low.
The plateau of Kinder Scout is essential a giant peat bog. It was the sight of a mass tresspass in 1932 which stemmed the public rights of access movement and the right to roam we enjoy today essentially giving birth to long distance walking trails like the Pennine Way which we enjoy today. Until the early 2000's the Pennine Way climbed Kinder Scout more directly from Edale and you were left to find you own way across the unforgiving peat bog. Fortunately there is a good stone path from across from Mill Hill these days - greatly reducing the chance you will want to give up by the end of day one!
Though little more than a trickle in the summer months, this is the tallest waterfall in the Peak district - and you've just walked right across the top off it! During the winter the waterfall in spate is a more impressive sight and in the right wind conditions the cloud of spray produced can be seen for miles around. There is also a small pool at the bottom of the waterfall known as Mermaid's Pool. Legend has it the pool is inhabited by a mermaid who will grant immortality to whoever sees her on Easter Eve (though there is no one living who claims to have seen the mermaid...).
Food & Drink
Ensure you take plenty with you for your first day walking as options are very limited along the route.
Hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothing are all required for the Pennine Way. The weather can be change quickly and even in the summer months it can be cold on the higher and more exposed sections of the route. Walking poles would also be beneficial to help with some of the tougher sections.
Ensure your phone is charged and you have a back up battery pack just in case. Always take plenty of food and fluids for a day’s walking as cafés and inns along the route are not always guaranteed to be open.
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