Edale Moor, Kinder Scout and the other high altitudes of the Peak District are best observed and attacked from a base at Edale. The present church is the third built upon the site; the register dates from 1633, when a chapel was built by the people of Edale to avoid the long walk over Mam Tor to the parish church at Castleton.
The Vale of Edale is a charming, unspoiled area with a special appeal to walkers and climbers. Great cloughs cut into the Kinder hills and moors, each with its own stream and varied crags and cliffs. Crowden Head (2,070 feet) is the highest point visible from Edale, and around the Valley are Lose Hill, Win Hill (with its Roman road and Hope Cross - a pillar of stone, dated 1737), Mam Tor, Rushup Edge, Mount Famme, and others.
Nearby is Grindsbrook Font, closely resembling a cromlech, standing in a valley running through a clough in Mam Tor. From this point can be seen the track which Highland drovers followed to evade payment of the tolls to which they would have been liable on other routes.
Hamlets of small stone houses usually bearing the name of 'Booth' (Upper Booth, Barber Booth, etc.), are dotted about the vale, and delightful footpaths can be found in almost every direaion. The high, wild and magnificent plateau of Kinder, the highest place in Derbyshire, may be reached by the path up 'Jacob's Ladder' over a shoulder of Kinder, past Edale Cross (dated 1610) to Hayfield, with distant views of the famous 'Downfall' (best seen as the wind blows the falling water back on to the cliffs in streaming clouds). The 'Mermaid's Pool', just below the Downfall, is the subject of much local legend, and here Mrs. Humphry Ward placed the early scenes of her history, David Grieve The Kinder path continues up William Clough, a wild water cleft, to the head of the Ashop and along the stream to the Glossop road, near the Snake Inn. The white hares of Kinder may be seen scampering on the steep hillsides in winter. The Pennine Way, a route from the Pennines to the Cheviots, commences here at Edale, from the north-east, below Grindslow Knoil.
Some of the grouse moors are closed to the public during the grouse-shooting season.
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