With a lovely summer’s day in prospect, we decided on a short half day walk venturing up Lose Hill from Hope. We had planned to park the car near the centre of the village where public parking is widely available but had not taken account the fact that it was Hope’s Carnival Day and the main road was temporarily closed off for the festivities. Instead we parked up Edale Road at Townhead Bridge, a spot we had previously used when climbing up Win Hill on a winter’s day! (See our March blog below)
The walk took us from Townhead Bridge up some small lanes to Townhead and Losehill End before climbing up on a well marked footpath to the summit of Lose Hill. It was steady but easy climbing which afforded us ever more extensive views, first of the valley, Win Hill and the Hope Valley, and later of Hope, Castleton and Mam Tor. Our route was made even more beautiful by the presence of foxgloves in full bloom and several other species of wild flowers. We were dressed appropriately for the summer weather but we met a group of teenagers on their silver Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition who seemed to be carrying everything but the kitchen sink! During the previous night there had been an extensive thunder storm and they talked about the night that they had endured and told us how frightened they had been on their campsite near Edale, start of the famous Pennine Way. Luckily for them, they hadn’t got much further to go and their route was all downhill. We on the other hand had a climb ahead…
On reaching the summit of Lose Hill (1,562 ft) on well trodden footpaths, the view changed from just 180 degrees to a full 360 degrees. Panoramic in scale, the hills and valleys of the Dark Peak stretched out before us in all their magnificence. It is a great spot to stop for tea which is what we and a number of others did. It was quite blowy, but picking a spot out of the wind was easy and we sat and enjoyed the brilliant blue sky, filled with puffy white clouds casting their shadows across Kinder Scout and the other hills, as they blew across the barren landscape.
At this point on the walk, many people would continue along the path to the west along the ridge via Back Tor to the top of Mam Tor or down to Castleton and the Hope Valley. We however took the decision to descend steeply to the north following alongside a broken down wall. We then headed down Fiddle Clough to meet a path above the valley bottom, we turned right and headed back down towards Hope staying to the south of the Hope Valley railway.
This path passed a succession of farms and properties and quickly became a small tarmacked road. Walking was easy and we soon got back to the hot car, but not before sampling the delicious locally made Hope Valley ice cream…
So what of Lose Hill? We can certainly recommend a climb to its summit, not hard going and easy to navigate. It provides an ever opening view revealing stunning and varied. Why the name of Lose Hill? There seems to be no firm conclusion! It could derive from the Old English hlose, meaning pigsties, or it may be a corruption of ‘loose’, as in ‘free land’. Who cares! It is just another of the many “must sees” when visiting the area.
We have lots of walking books and maps in Candlelight Cottage for hikers of all abilities and are always happy to share our favourite walks with our guests. (Not to mention where to buy the best locally made ice cream!) If this walk has inspired you to come and see for yourself, you can check our availability calendar or contact us here. We look forward to welcoming you!