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walking | The Lord's Seat & Mam Tor

What and where is Mam Tor?

Mam Tor is located near Edale in the Peak District, and has plenty of history. Its name means 'mother hill', given due to the number of landslips that have occurred over the years, and it has been occupied since roughly 1200BC, through the bronze to iron age as a hill fort.

Mam Tor and the nearby Lord's Seat (along Rushup Edge) is a very well known spot for photographers and walkers alike. Clear paths, great views and easy trails all make for a great weekend walk that isn't too challenging. Plus, the views over to the Kinder plateau were apparently rated by Simon Jenkins as one of the top ten in Britain, so that's something.

Remember to stick to The Rules and have fun!

2-3 hours

6.3 miles

Peak District

Get this route

Download our route and follow this yourself from either OS Maps or Viewranger. OS Maps requires a subscription, which luckily you can get 10% off with Northern Stroll on any 12 month subscription. Check out our blog post for the code.

Viewranger is free and much like OS Maps doesn't require any data to work. All you need is a GPS signal, especially if you have downloaded your maps beforehand. It also has OS Maps available as a layer inside the app.

Don't have Viewranger on your phone yet? See our guide, or download it in your app store.

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Route overview

Starting at Barber Booth car park, turn left to follow the road, ignore the road turning off to the right and take the footpath immediately afterwards. Follow to the end through the farm and out the other side towards the hill. Meet a road and follow this to the top. Once you reach the top, you will turn left along the footpath across the top of Rushup Edge towards the Lord's Seat and over the top towards Mam Tor.

Reaching Mam Tor is easy, as is coming down. Turn around, head down the road and across the fields back to Barber Booth!

Key things to know:

Time: About 3 hours

Distance: 6.37 miles

Elevation: 1,368 feet

Photo opportunities rating: 8/10, do it for the 'gram.

How to get here:

Postcode: S33 7ZL

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Parking at Barber Booth car park is free and a great place to start from, but spaces are limited. It can only fit 20 cars, so start early if you think it will be a busy day!

2-3 hours

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