Peak Horsepower

Working to extend and improve the bridleway network in the Peak District National Park

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The written descriptions and maps of the Kinder Loop
















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The Kinder Loop

The Basics


Way Marking

Pictures from the Inaugural Ride in 2012

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Thanks to Hoof legacy funding from Sport England, the British Horse Socity and the British Equine Federation and the support of the Peak District National Park.

Ladybower to Langsett MAP Langsett to Hadfield MAP Hadfield to Rushup MAP Rushup to Ladybower MAP kinder loop map

The Kinder Loop, which has been developed by Peak Horsepower, encircles Kinder Scout and will provide an iconic new long-distance and challenging riding route in the centre of the country. It draws on existing bridleways, the Pennine Bridleway and the Trans-Pennine Trail to establish a 55 mile circular route through dramatic scenery.


Starting from the head of the Ladybower reservoir, the route goes north alongside the Derwent and Howden reservoirs before crossing the moors to Langsett. Here it picks up the Trans-Pennine Trail to travel west to Glossop and the Pennine Bridleway. [Until the Pennine Bridleway is finished around Glossop, there is a 1/2mile section on an A road and 3 miles on a country road]. The Kinder Loop then goes south along the Pennine Bridleway to Rushup Edge. Here it leaves the Pennine Bridleway and travels east via Mam Tor to Edale and back to the Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs.


We hope it will be enjoyed by horse riders, cyclists and walkers alike.


Waymarks are inplace. Maps and written directions areavailable in the side bar but you should take OS Explorer map OL1 for route finding. A leaflet about the route is available here.

This is a CHALLENGING but very rewarding ride. The Loop is rugged and strenuous in places so you and your horse need to be fit and prepared. Sections of the route follow rough paths across exposed moorland.


The bridleways used in the Kinder Loop are often stony and steep because of the very nature of the countryside they are set in. The section across the moor from the Ladybower reservoir to Langsett is high and remote so can be bleak and boggy (it can also give a wonderful taste of real wilderness) so Peak Horsepower only recommends this ride for riders who are experienced in long-distance riding and who have riding, walking or cycling experience on rugged terrain. We also suggest you only ride the Kinder Loop from May to September. There is one section of road riding around Glossop until the Pennine Bridleway is completed (which has been delayed again until spring 2014 or 2015).


For a detailed description of the route (going anti-clockwise), click on the links on the side panel. Maps which link to the descriptions are now also available. We advise you take an Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL1 with you and understand the route on this map.


On the side panel, there is a link to a list of local horse friendly B&Bs close to the route.


You need to be prepared for this ride. Click here for our list of the essentials!


If you do use the route, please let us know by sending an email about your experiences! There is a contact form on the side panel.

Maps of the route are now available on the side panel.  They were prepared by Active Maps who have done a really great job.  The numbers on the route descriptions link to the numbers on the maps. For direction finding when you are riding the route you will need OS Explorer Map OL 1.

Thanks to Hoof legacy funding from Sport England, the British Horse Socity and the British Equine Federation and the support of the Peak District National Park, the route is waymarked but you will need maps too!

Please follow the Peak Park  Green Lanes Code when out riding to ensure all users have have a good experience when using shared Rights of Way in the Peak District.  



Click HERE for more information

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