Chaplaincy Walks

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Event details

Tuesday 7 June 2022
Meet at The Octagon Centre steps


Walking is one of the best ways to improve your physical, mental and spiritual health, it opens the mind and lightens the mood!  We walk in beautiful parts of the Peak District, with mixed forests, open heathland, streams and lakes, dramatic cliff edges and quarries, and often some intriguing historic sights. 

Walking is fun – especially in a diverse group!  Some share international treats at lunchtime, some share tales from their respective cultures, and all are simply enjoying being out and about in nature. 

The chaplaincy walks take place every 2-3 weeks in semester time.  If the weather is really bad, the walk will be rescheduled. 

Our next walk from Castleton along the Great Ridge to Mam Tor

Meeting point: Octagon Centre steps, from where we will take the 256 bus to Castleton.

Meeting time: 9:45am on Tuesday 7th June 2022.  The bus departs at 10:02am from the bus stop on Western Bank (so if you are late, come directly to the bus stop!)

Duration: Walk 3.5hrs plus travelling time (about 35 minutes with the 256 bus from the Octagon Centre; about 45 minutes with the 272 bus back to Sheffield).  The walk is around 11 km.

Description: We have to master quite a steep ascent to Lose Hill, and will then enjoy one of the most spectacular walks in the Peak District along the Great Ridge towards Mam Tor, with great views all around.  The name Mam Tor means ‘mother hill’, so called because frequent landslides on its eastern face have resulted in a multitude of ‘mini-hills’ beneath.  Mam Tor is also famous for its remains of a Bronze Age hill fort.  We will descend passing by Odin’s Mine, to catch the bus back to Sheffield. 

In case you have more time, you may stay a bit longer in Castleton, to explore Peveril Castle or some of the show caves.

What to bring:  Suitable footwear (sturdy trainers or walking shoes), warm and waterproof clothing (important - the weather can change any time, and it is often quite windy on Mam Tor!), student ID & money for the bus, drink & a snack for the way.

You can express interest for our walk using our Google form

Do it yourself!

Why not try one of our walks yourself especially on this walk to Win Hill, you really cannot get lost: it is simply uphill all the way, and then downhill all the way in a loop towards Ladybower Reservoir.  Alternatively, from the same starting point head uphill on the other side of the A6013 near Heatherdene Carpark (which has public facilities!), once you are on the top, turn right and walk along Bamford Edge, with its stunning views over the valleys and Ladybower Reservoir. Then turn back on the same track; or drop down to Bamford, and take the bus back from there.  To check the latest bus timetable, go to:, and click on Timetables, where you can check the times for the 256 and 257 busses, which both go along the A57 from Western Bank near the Octagon Centre (student day return tickets are £3.50).


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