Mam Tor Circular Walk

Paddle Boarding Equipment and Accessories Guide

As I dust off my SUP gear here in the UK for another season of paddling I thought I'd do a...

Cheshire SUP Guide

Stand Up Paddle Boarding has landed in Cheshire and its here to stay, so pump up your SUP and lets go...

Tryfan (Heather Terrace path) and Glyders Walk

This epic Ogwen valley adventure begins with an assault of the iconic hunk of rock that is Tryfan, before tackling the...

North Wales Walking and Route Guide

Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is home to some iconic mountains and epic walks. The crown jewel is Snowdon, the...

Cadair Berwyn Walk from Pistyll Rhaeadr

This walk in the wild Berwyn range will take you off the beaten track and is a great alternative away from...

This circular walk starts in Castleton, following a public footpath through farmland to eventually reach the summit of Mam Tor via the eerie broken road. From the summit its all downhill back to the village via farm tracks and open fields, finally descending through the Cave Dale limestone valley.

Route Details

Distance: 10.1km (6.3mi) / Elev Gain: 373m
High Point: Mam Tor - 517m
Map: OS Explorer OL1
GPS Download: Mam Tor Circular
Starting Point: Castleton Visitor Centre

Walk highlights include Castleton village, the ‘broken road’, Mam Tor and the Cave Dale limestone valley.

Route Directions

1. From Castleton Visitor Centre head right onto Buxton Road.
2. After approx 150 metres, look out for a signed public footpath on the right side of the road. The footpath is by a house and runs between two distinctive stone walls.
3. Follow the footpath as it curves to the left, eventually running parallel to a stream.
4. Cross a narrow farm road and continue along the footpath, crossing the bridge over the stream.
5. Continue along the footpath, heading up hill. You will eventually arrive at a point of interest, namely a horse-powered ore crusher, previously used to process lead ore.
6. Turn right onto the narrow tarmac road, and continue on as the road winds up hill.
7. The road comes to an end, go through the gate – this is now the bottom of the ‘broken road’.
8. Continue along and explore the fasinating ‘broken road’, you will eventually see another gate signalling the top of the broken road.
9. Don’t go through the gate, instead turn back on yourself and follow the path which runs uphill to the ridge line. Note – there is a steeper more direct path to the summit of Mam Tor from here, however this route takes the more gradual approach!
10. At the ridge line, turn left and follow the ‘yellow brick road’ to the summit of Mam Tor – marked by a trig point and great views.

11. Continue following the path, which now heads down hill, eventually running parallel to a road (on your right).
12. As the road begins to curve to the right, take the left fork in the path – heading straight down to the main A623 road via a field.
13. Cross the road, and head through the gate over to the left – again heading downhill via a field.
14. Cross the main A623 road again, and head through the farm gate just over to the right.
15. Follow narrow road straight for almost 1 mile.
16. Follow the path to the left, as it merges with a bridleway from the right.
17. After approx 100-150 metres, turn left over a stone stile/step (next to a farm gate) and follow the path which merges into a field and gradually descends.
18. Continue on downhill, taking the right fork and heading towards a limestone valley called Cave Dale. The path becomes steep and rocky.
19. At the bottom of Cave Dale, you will meet a road. Head left towards the small grass triangle.
20. Keep to the left of the triangle, then turn right down Castle Street.
21. You arrive back in the centre of Castleton, stop off for a brew or head left back to the visitor centre.

What did you think of the route? How cool is the broken road? Did you get a clear view on Mam Tor? What were the highlights of the walk? Please leave a rating and review of the walk below!

Please leave a review

There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write one.

Hot Topics

Wild Camping Kit List Essentials

After an epic day walking in the mountains you find the perfect wild camping location, far from civilisation and with awesome...

Kinder Scout Walk from Edale

You'll need your bog trotting skills as you take on this popular Peak District circular walk starting from Edale and incorporating...

Mountain Biking at Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest is home to an extensive network of trails perfect for mountain biking. From sweeping single-track to steep hills, rutted...

Related Articles

Edale Skyline 14 Mile Walking Route

This tough 14 mile walk covers half the classic Edale Skyline route, a great day out and perfect precursor to the...

Edale and Hope Valley MTB Loop

This 20 mile ride is a great introduction to the Peak District mountain biking scene, a demanding route with rocky descents,...

Peak District Mountain Biking Guide

Bone-shaking descents, technical lung-busting climbs and awesome sweeping views are just some of the reasons why the Peak District is a...