Insider's Guide: Edale & Grindsbrook
Little forests, golden bridges and babbling brooks; it sounds made-up but it's real Derbyshire gem!
I’m Rebecca, the newest member to the Experience Peak District & Derbyshire team, responsible for social media and digital content and this is my Insider's Guide...
When I first moved up to Derbyshire eighteen months ago, after spending the first 25 years of my life gazing out at the East Sussex coastline, I didn’t think that my eyes would ever get used to the rolling landscape of Peak District. Luckily enough, I was right. So today I want to take you to the very first part of the Peaks that my wide eyes explored, Grindsbrook.
I found this little place during a summer camping trip to Edale, where I walked from the Nag’s Head pub to the top of Kinder Scout, and on the way I discovered Grindsbrook. This was my favourite part of the day-long hike, passing countless Tolkien-esque scenes. There were streams to dip your toes in, little waterfalls, heather and the deep deep green landscape to absorb.
So let’s get to talking about how to get there and what you’ll see…
Firstly, logistics- I was camping in the Edale campsite but there is a Pay & Display car park at the bottom of the village operated by High Peak Borough Council. It’s also a perfect place to explore if you don’t drive as there is a regular train service on the Hope Valley Line from Sheffield & Manchester, which stops at Edale station, right by the visitor centre (just a 3 minute walk). But, before you set off, don’t forget a sturdy pair of walking boots.
So, arriving at the visitor centre, you walk up past the church and onto the little village of Edale where there is a shop to buy little things you might need on your walk, such as emergency sweets. Soon you’ll see the Nag’s Head Pub, a former smithy dating back to 1577, the official start of the Pennine Way and the perfect spot for post-walk drink and crisps.
Go up past the pub for about two hundred metres then take a path on the right leading down to a wooden footbridge crossing Grinds Brook. Climb over onto the other side and up some steps and you’ll get to this to this gorgeous path:
After following the stone footpath, you’ll get to a small forest of tall trees, it’s lovely but don’t get stuck wandering around for too long, because just after the forest is a little footbridge at Golden Clough- bring your camera because this is photo opportunity number one.
Pictured below is the scene just behind the little bridge- it's a wonderful corner of the Peaks!
After crossing the bridge, take a look at the view back down the valley to Edale with Mam Tor in the distance!
If you keep on going up over the bridge, you’ll see the wonderful winding brook which you can follow for quite a while. This is the bit that's my favourite, the naturally running water. There were little waterfalls and bright green pools with every twist, it was so picture perfect I wanted to spend the entire day listening to and watching this babbling brook!
We took a little picnic with us and sat on one of the stones with our feet dangling in the water. Perhaps you can substitute bare toes for thick socks and wellies in the coming months but this place is just as tranquil in the Autumn and Winter time.
Pictured below: said bare toes in the stream!
After you've explore Grindsbrook, from there you can just follow the river and your footsteps back and you'll arrive in Edale, hopefully feeling completely relaxed and refreshed from your riverside adventure!
Of course, this is the starts of a very famous walk to get to the top of Kinder Scout, so if you don't want to head back at this point and fancy scrambling your way up to the plateau, , make sure you bring your map and compass otherwise you could find yourself in a major muddle!