17 September 2016
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We had seen Mam Tor from some our previous walks in the Peak District, most noticeably from the summit and slopes of Win Hill.
We’ve yet to summit a hill or peak in the Peak District and be disappointed by the views. The anticipation of those views is always palpable as you start the climb. I didn’t expect Mam Tor to be as busy with people as it was on this day. There were dog walkers, strollers, hikers, paragliders and hangliders. Yes, I got those last two right. This peak is especially popular with hang- and paragliders, mostly launching themselves into the air from Lords Seat, a hill just along the east from Mam Tor.
Although it was quite busy on this day, as soon as you came off Mam Tor and headed west to Hollins Cross and onto Lose Hill, the crowds lessened, and you find yourself slowing down to admire the view again. We weren’t the only ones.
We then made our way off the ridge, through the village of Castleton, along a deep and narrow valley under the gaze of the Castle, and then back across open grassy fields.