My favourite winter walk is a circular route starting and finishing in Edale. The route takes you out of Edale up Grindsbook Clough, across the Kinder Plateau past Crowden Tower and back to Edale down Jacob’s Ladder.
If I’m feeling more energetic and there are enough hours of daylight, the route can be extended by heading across Kinder Scout to the waterfall Kinder Downfall and then heading south to Jacob’s Ladder on the Pennine Way via Kinder Low.
I love this walk for so many reasons. There is a good variety of terrain on the route so everyone is kept happy. Having walked the route with so many different friends over the years it never gets boring and brings back great memories every time. The walk across much of the Kinder Plateau is relatively flat but the part of the walk up Grindbrook Clough is more of a scramble in places so perfect for ‘mountain goats’ who hate a steady uphill route.
For those who like a navigational challenge then the extension of the walk to Kinder Downfall is a good choice as being able to walk on a compass bearing is essential to find your way across the peaty terrain.