Kinder Downfall

Kinder Downfall from Hayfield is one of the classic dark peak outings and the early part of this walk follows the route of the mass trespass, that took place in April 1932, so gaining historic importance in the history of the access movement, that ultimately started the movement that granted us the freedom we enjoy today.

This western side of Kinder Scout is the most spectacular and Kinder Downfall is one of the most impressive landforms in the entire district.

Kinder Downfall

Walk Details

  • Meet: Hayfield
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Length: 13 km/ 8 miles
  • Height Gain: 430m / 1400ft
  • Walk Time: 6 Hours

Price: £30pp

2021 Dates – TBC

Looking back to Hayfield from Kinder Downfall


We start in Hayfield and follow the route of the 1932 mass trespass via William Clough to Ashop Head. At this point we join the Pennine Way and start to climb up onto the Kinder Plateau. We now follow the edge of the plateau with stunning views until we reach Kinder Downfall. This 30m / 100ft high waterfall is the biggest in the peak district and makes a great place for lunch. In summer the waterfall can be a mere trickle but in winter or following wet weather can be impressive. We now continue our journey along the Pennine Way to reach the days highpoint, the summit of Kinder Low before dropping steadily down hill and returning to our start point in Hayfield.

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