This page has three walks that took place as part of the Gallery Oldham Bryophytes project. Two Loops around Kinder reservoir, starting from Hayfield [with a short 6k and long 14k option] the other from Edale [17k]. Both are challenging walks with plenty of hill climbing. Sturdy shoes, waterproofs and a map are recommended.
Both of these walks centre around the River Kinder. Rain falling on the kinder plateau is absorbed into the blanket bog and slowly trickles out into a series of tributaries and gullies which slowly seep through the peat. These conjoin and meander across the plateau toward Kinder Downfall – a rocky outcrop where the river drops into the valley below eventually filtering into Kinder reservoir.
In each walk, the diversity of mosses increases as you climb higher – on the way notice the stone walls in the early part of the walks and the rocks beside the river and in the grass. Note also mosses underfoot in the boggy areas between the grasses and on the trees in the valleys.
Kinder Reservoir Loops
[7k and 14k intermediate loops]
Starting from the car part a steady ascent past Kinder reservoir, then follow the River Kinder – with the option to walk further up the river to the downfall or Mermaids pool. Both loops head into the valley before looping back to the lower section of the reservoir.
Edale to kinder downfall via Jacobs ladder
[17k advanced loop] This walk should only be attempted by confident hill walkers. It is sometimes hard to find the path through the peat bog, which can be wet and waterlogged. The weather on the plateau can also be unpredictable.
This Walk from Edale ascends via Grinds Brook moss cover rocks and then a steep climb over boulders up Grindsbrook Clough, at the top of which is a fantastic viewpoint. It then goes over the top of the kinder plateau following a footpath through the peat bog before folding back descending via Jacobs ladder to Edale.