A recent walk up to the famous Kinder Scout plateau in the Peak District got me thinking about all the other routes I’d used to reach this huge, peaty summit. I could think of at least five just off the top of my head and that got me wondering just how many established routes up to the top there actually were. By established I mean a path on the ground, ideally showing up on the OS 1:25k scale map as a dotted black line, or a green Right of Way path.

I started with the Ordnance Survey Dark Peak 25k scale map and worked anti-clockwise around the edge of Kinder, starting from ascent via Jacob’s Ladder and marked off all the routes that I could see up to the edge. In theory the number of routes up is infinite, but I decided to restrict my ascent routes to those that use a path, however faint, or are worthy of inclusion for scrambling or adventure purposes, such as the ascent via the Downfall. I will be ticking these routes off slowly over the coming months (and probably years) and each walk I do will appear as a link in the list below.

At this point I have 22 routes and these can be seen on the map below:

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The full list is as follows – the highlighted route have now been walked.

01. via Jacobs Ladder
02. via Crowden Clough
03. via Broadlee-Bank Tor
03. via Grindslow Knoll
04. via Grindsbrook Clough
06. via Golden Clough
07. via Ringing Roger
08. via Lady Booth Brook

09. via Jaggers Clough
10. via Crookstone Hill
11. via Crookstone Knoll
12. via Blackden Brook
13. via Gate Side Clough
14. via Fair Brook
15. via Ashop Clough
16. via Mill Hill

17. via William Clough
18. via Sandy Heys
19. via Kinder Downfall
20. via The Three Knolls
21. via Oaken Clough
22. via Brown Knoll

Kinder via Jaggers Clough

Date: 2015-06-27From: Nether Booth Farm    To: Nether Booth FarmDistance: 10.2 mls, 16.42 kmHeight Gain: 2200 ft, 670.6

via Blackden Brook

  Date: 2015-02-14 From: A57 Layby    To: A57 Layby Distance: 7.6 mls, 12.23 km Height Gain:

via Crowden Clough

  Date: 2014-12-12 From: Edale Car Park    To: Edale Car Park Distance: 9.2 mls, 14.81 km Height

via Kinder Downfall

  Date: 2007-01-06 From: Bowden Bridge    To: Bowden Bridge Distance: 9.5 mls, 15.29 km Height Gain: 2300

via William Clough

  Date: 2009-03-16 From: Bowden Bridge    To: Bowden Bridge Distance: 9.0 mls, 14.48 km Height Gain: 2000

via Jacob’s Ladder

  Date: 2010-05-05 From: Edale Village    To: Torside Distance: 16.5 mls, 26.55 km Height Gain: 2700 ft,

via Ringing Roger

  Date: 2006-03-25 From: Edale Car Park    To: Edale Car Park Distance: 13.5 mls, 21.73 km Height

via Grindsbrook Clough

  Date: 2013-09-14 From: Edale    To: Edale Distance: 10.3 mls, 16.58 km Height Gain: 1900 ft, 579.1

via Gate Side Clough

  Date: 2014-01-11 From: Birchen Clough Bridge    To: Birchen Clough Bridge Distance: 6.4 mls, 10.30 km Height

via Crookstone Hill

  Date: 2014-03-01 From: Birchen Clough Bridge    To: Birchen Clough Bridge Distance: 10.5 mls, 16.90 km Height

via Fair Brook

  Date: 2014-01-04 From: Birchen Clough Bridge    To: Birchen Clough Bridge Distance: 9.6 mls, 15.45 km Height

via The Three Knolls

  Date: 2014-02-16 From: Hayfield    To: Hayfield Distance: 8.9 mls, 14.32 km Height Gain: 1900 ft, 579.1

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