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
Perfect for first timers who want to get out and experience life on the water. Instructor-led lessons are available for kayaking and canoeing, so why not dive in and have a go?
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 Castleton Losehill Hall is in a great location where the limestone dales and grit-stone moors meet.
Join our long weekend of trail run training from the beautiful village of Castleton. Develop your trail and mountain running experience on our carefully designed running camp.
Set at the foot of the spectacular Winnats Pass, Speedwell Cavern takes you on an incredible underground boat journey.
Castleton lies on the boundary between the Dark Peak and the White Peak and has to top the podium for runner-friendly properties.
Visit an underground wonderland in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Don't miss the fossils! Visit the website
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,
If you’re looking for a healthy mix of road and off road cycling then Hathersage has it all.
10 miles The dark waters of the Derwent Valley hide two flooded villages. The dams were also used to develop the ‘Dambusters’ bouncing bomb. Visit the website
Surprisingly, this large outdoor public swimming pool is located in the small Derbyshire village of Hathersage.
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.
Fly as free as a bird with paragliders and hang-gliders at Derbyshire Flying Centre in Tideswell. Visit the website
Famous for his cutlery design, the museum shows exactly why David Mellor is so often referred to as ‘the cutlery king’.
YHA Eyam is an ideal location for enjoying one of the many circular cycling routes around the lovely Peak District.
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.