Walking and Rambling in Edale
Try one of the excellent half day walks to the Druid's Stone and Madwoman's Stones or a full day hike around Kinder plateau to the Woolpacks and Kinder Downfall. A variety of classic routes can be started from the site including the Pennine Way, the first National Trail, and the 21-mile Edale Skyline. The latter is spectacular and takes ramblers over a variety of terrain including rocky footpaths, grassy tracks, flagged sections, peat bogs and heather trods. And the view – wow!
The classic circular route around the Kinder plateau is the one we use on our navigation courses, so just ask our staff if you’d appreciate a few pointers. Those who are less confident might prefer to join us for a fantastic weekend of fully guided walks. Running over a variety of terrain including rocky footpaths, grassy tracks, flagged sections, peat bogs and heather trods, the walk takes in Win Hill, Lose Hill, Back Tor, Mam Tor and the whole southern flank of Kinder Scout. To start, simply walk uphill from the hostel. If you’d like a little guidance then why not join one of our friendly instructors for navigation and education on a weekend walking course.
Other things to do nearby
The stately home and 1000 acre park of the Duke of Devonshire.
The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland. Some say that this is the finest Stone Age 'henge'
Take a trip to Bakewell and discover this charming Derbyshire Dales town. You'll find great shopping, plenty of spaces to relax and the famous Bakewell Pudding confection.
The tour starts with a short flight of steps before visitors can appreciate the awe-inspiring majesty of the natural caverns. Then as you go deeper the history of Blue John, or bleu-jaune,
The White Peak offers climbing for all abilities. Popular sites include Dove Dale, the Manifold Valley and the famous Thors Cave - which boasts brilliant crags and bouldering.
There's world famous grit-stone routes and bouldering a short drive away, the nearest crag is just 300 metres from the hostel.
If you enjoy climbing, head for Stanage Edge. Along this 4-mile stretch of gritstone there’s a choice of 1000 challenges covering all grades.
Eyam is a stone's throw from the famous Peak District climbing areas of Stanage, Froggatt, Curbar and Stoney Middleton.
The Peak District offers an ideal landscape for the more experienced climber, with amazing crags and bouldering opportunities just minutes from the hostel door.
Attempt one of the many routes along the famous Stanage, Burbage and Millstone edges. England's finest grit-stone climbing boasts brilliant crags, cracks and bouldering to test your abilities.
Nearby Cheedale has a concentration of climbs unmatched anywhere else. Ravenstor Crag is the most ferocious crag in the whole of the Peak.
Cratcliffe Tor provides some of the area's most popular grit-stone climbs.
The Tissington Trail is just 5 minutes drive away and provides links to the beautiful village of Hartington and the market town of Ashbourne.
Prefer tarmac? You’ll find well-known hill climbs on our local roads. And there are family-friendly routes around Derwent Reservoir and the marvellous Monsal Trail.
YHA Eyam is an ideal location for enjoying one of the many circular cycling routes around the lovely Peak District.
YHA Hartington Hall is an ideal base to explore cycling of all natures from family friendly trails to endurance mountain biking routes.