Sunset over a cobbled walking path at Mam Tor in Derbyshire
Sunset over a cobbled walking path at Mam Tor in Derbyshire

Derbyshire - Mam Tor Hiking Trails

Tick this spot off your Peak District bucket list

This landmark hill and hiking spot is known for its striking valley views. Mam Tor, which means 'mother Hill', is a 517 metre tall hill near Castleton in the High Peak area of Derbyshire.

At a height of 517 metres (1,696 feet), Mam Tor is one of the most well-known hills in the Derbyshire, Peak District. Kinder Scout often steals the attention for being the highest point in the Peal District, but the Mam Tor walk has been hiked by more people.

There are a number of different walking routes of varying lengths that take you to Mam Tor. The walks start from the surrounding locations – Castleton, Edale, Barber Booth, Hope and Mam Nick car park. And there are a mix of different routes starting with a short 3-mile walk right up to to a strenuous 20-mile hike, and everything in between.

The summit of Mam Tor is ringed by the remains of the ditch and rampart of a once-great early Iron Age hill fort and two Bronze Age bowl barrows. At the base of the Tor and nearby are four show caves: Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Peak Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern where lead, Blue John, fluorspar and other minerals were once mined.