9.5 km long.
This trail goes from the village of Edale, which you can also get to by train, and up the Grindsbrook path and along the ridge at the edge of Kinder Scout in the Peak District.
For a family, we would rate this route as 'Hard', due to the scramble up the rocks at the top of the Grindsbrook path. It is then fairly flat along the top of the ridgeline before you descend back to the village of Edale. Despite the steep climb, it is still a popular hiking route.
The village of Edale has a couple of pubs to refresh yourselves after the hike.
Instead of walking up this trail, we ran up (and down) it at the Salmon Trail Running Festival 2019.
The Salomon Trail Running Festival
The Salmon Trail Running Festival is held at different locations around the country. We went along to the one in the Peak District in the village of Edale. We were a few of the Ordnance Survey #GetOutside champions running this year.
The festival has talks, training, and gear you can borrow, so you don't need to be an experienced trail runner to take part.
Shell borrowed some Salomon Women's Speedcross trail running shoes, which had amazing grip on the hills. I borrowed a Salomon Advanced Skin 12, which I found very useful for carrying bottles and bits and pieces without having to take a larger and heavier backpack.
There were several trail running workshops. We went on one of these and picked up lots of tips.
There were also two timed runs: a tough 20K run and an easier 10K route. We did this 10K route!
Climbing the Grindsbrook path
The Grindsbrook path starts not too steep, but the path soon gives way to a much more rocky climb, getting worse as you approach the top of the trail.
Going across the peak
The views and rock formations at the top of the trail are awe-inspiring.
Getting back down to Edale
If you are hiking down the path isn't too bad, though there are plenty of stones to trip over, so be careful.
The bottom part of the trail is paved with stone, but these aren't even stones.
If you are running down, then take care too. There are plenty of rocks and tripping hazards when running down at speed!
Edale-Grindsbrook was quite an enjoyable trail, even if the climb is quite hard. You do have a sense of achievement when finished!
Running it was a great twist and we are delighted we went to the Salomon Trail Running Festival to do this route.
On The Map
AddressEdale - Grindsbrook - Kinder Scout Trail