Circular Walks Around Hayfield


Many Hayfield walkers head straight for Kinder Scout. As an alternative, you can enjoy views of Kinder Scout from the hills surrounding the village.  We’ve put together four of these walks for you to choose from.   They are each about 10K, and offer fantastic views.  Once you have mastered these, scroll down for links to Kinder Scout walks, and for the Peak District Boundary Walk.

 

Lantern Pike

Lantern Pike, situated north west of Hayfield, is our local hill and the location of Hayfield beacon. This route takes you down the Sett Valley Trail, crossing the River Sett by an old reservoir, before climbing to the top of the pike. Here you can enjoy glorious 360 deg views taking in Kinder Scout, Shining Tor and on a clear day the Welsh mountains. The walk then descends into Rowarth close to the parish boundary, before returning to Hayfield.

 

Lantern Pike

 


Quarrying History

Climb the hill to the south of Hayfield, explore the centuries old quarries below Chinley Churn and enjoy fabulous views to Kinder Scout and south to Combs Moss. The route takes you into Hayfield, then up Highgate Road to ‘Peep-o-day’ and then on to Big Stone, the high point of the walk at 450 metres. The route then returns back via Foxholes Clough, Phoside Farm and Ridgetop, ending up back in the car park.

Quarrying History

 


Follow the Shooters

Explore the area to the north east of Hayfield, crossing the heather moorland to The Knott and visit the iconic shooting cabin. The route takes you via Swallow House Lane and Middle Field to Little Hayfield and through the old Park Hall estate. You then access open moorland, made easier by the tracks cut for the grouse shooters to access the rough ground of The Knott. Here you can rest and take in the panoramic views west to Manchester. You then drop down passing lines of shooting butts to the landmark shooting cabin, before returning to Hayfield via the Snake Pass and Twenty Trees.

Follow The Shooters

 


Twin Peaks

These two hills are dramatic ridges on the south east side of Hayfield and make a great outing taken together. This walk has a bit more ascent than the others, but worth it for the spectacular viewpoints. Start by walking into Hayfield and taking Valley Road, follow the footpath up through the woods of Elle Bank, to get to the undulating ridge known locally as the Dragon’s Back. This leads to the high point of Mount Famine. From here, drop down to the south and climb the prominent South Head. Return to Hayfield via Coldwell Clough and Edale Road, before re-joining your start route at the campsite.

Twin Peaks

These two hills are dramatic ridges on the south east side of Hayfield and make a great outing taken together. This walk has a bit more ascent than the others, but worth it for the spectacular viewpoints. Start by walking into Hayfield and taking Valley Road, follow the footpath up through the woods of Elle Bank, to get to the undulating ridge known locally as the Dragon’s Back. This leads to the high point of Mount Famine. From here, drop down to the south and climb the prominent South Head. Return to Hayfield via Coldwell Clough and Edale Road, before re-joining your start route at the campsite.


 

 

Kinder Trespass Walks

Why not try one of the Kinder Trespass Group walks: www.kindertrespass.org.uk/walks-and-trails/


 

  • 5-mile Trespass Trail walk which starts at the bus station car park and follows in the footsteps of the Kinder Mass Trespassers
  • 5-mile classic, via the Snake Path, Twenty-Trees and the Shooting Cabin on rough moorland paths. Starting in the village centre.
  • 10-mile circular walk from Hayfield to the Kinder Downfall and the western edge path


 

 

Peak District Boundary Walk

 www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk/boundary-walk/

This 200-mile circular walk around the boundary of the Peak District National Park, passes through Hayfield from Buxton to Glossop. The whole walk is divided into 20 stages. Stage 2 (10-miles) finishes and Stage 3 (9-miles) starts in Hayfield.


 

 

The Ramblers

www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking.aspx

Local Ramblers groups are still walking. Check out their website and join in.