Kids Days Out: Edale, Derbyshire
The beauty of Edale begins with the little two-carriage train that will transport you in under an hour from the hustle of Manchester Piccadilly and into the heart of one of the prettiest valleys there can be.
Seconds off the platform and you’re at the foot of one of the many magnificent hills that ring the town in a verdent bowl of greenery. Easy peasy.
The most famous trek in these parts is a traverse of Kinder Scout, scene of the 1932 mass trespass that secured roaming rights for people like us in the first place.
But we opted instead to climb up to the tip of Mam Tor, picking a path underneath the Manchester-Sheffield railway line that delivered us and on to the steep incline of ridged grass to the top of Hollins Cross.
Once there we turned right and strolled on to Mam Tor, transferred on to the pointed ridge of Rushup Edge, and rested a while to view the paragliders circling the thermals near the top.
There were breathtaking views on all sides, with the sun beating town to eat into the last remaining pockets of winter snow.
It’s a fairly challenging initial climb but you’re not on the very steep stuff for too long before you get to enjoy the more gentle incline of the ridge at the top.
From there we made our way back into Edale, completing a circular walk of in around four or so hours and settling down for a refreshing drink at the Pepper Pot Cafe back at the bottom.
We were just in time for the return train (services every one or two hours) but had we stayed longer, I’d have fancied a pint in The Ramblers.
There’s a great visitor centre and campsite in the village too for those wanting to hang around and find other things to do.
It really was a perfect debut in Derbyshire and I’m sure we’ll be back soon.