Peak District walk up Win Hill and Lose Hill, Derbyshire
The circuit from Hope of Win Hill and Lose Hill is a magnificent day out with excellent views on good ground and few route-finding problems - though there are some steep hills to climb.
The circuit from Hope of Win Hill and Lose Hill is a magnificent day out and makes a fine walk with excellent views on good ground with few route-finding problems - though there are some steep hills to climb.
Start from the centre of Hope village and walk up the Edale road for 300 metres. A small road, marked as a dead end, branches off right. Follow this across the river and continue, ignoring a right fork, to pass beneath the railway. Once under the railway leave this track (which is the old Roman road to Ashop and Glossop) and fork right to climb the steep farm road which leads to Twitchell Farm, which is situated in a magnificent position half-way up the hill.
Hope Cross is an ancient guide post and parish boundary marker situated on the col which separates Win Hill from Kinder and the Edale valley from the Ashop valley. The present marker post is dated 1737, though there was probably a wayside cross here much from a earlier date. It's another fine viewpoint and from here you can see right up the Edale valley and over into the Ashop valley, with Ladybower visible from a little further up the hillside.
From here it is a short steep climb to the summit of Back Tor and an easy walk along along the too-well-trodden ridge which leads to Lose Hill. It's well worth pausing awhile up here because the views in all directions are really magnificent, but it can be a crowded place on a fine Sunday afternoon.
Hope is now laid out beneath you and to return is an easy descent. The best path follows the ridge to the south-east down to Townhead, but this leaves you with a kilometre to walk back along the road back to the village. An alternative path branches right at a large pile of stones 300 metres below the summit - cross the stile here and follow the fence down initially then straight across the field to Losehill (or Crimea) Farm - which offers refreshments and farm tours. From the east side of the farm another path continues directly across the fields to Hope.
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