I left home quite late and reached Castleton at about 4PM. Tried to find cash machines to pay for parking (£5 for over 4 hours by the tourist information centre) but finally found one in The Castle Hotel (£1.99 for withdrawals).
A lady in the tourist information centre suggested starting with trail number 3 which is just across a parking space behind their building then follow a river. There was few times when two almost identical trails split thus could confuse. Even though I had a map got lost and had to turn around. Fortunately didn't get to far to realise it.
The trails can be quite steep at some points so be prepared. I turned at Back Tor to trail 7 and did an additional loop rejoining Trail 6 at Hollins Cross. There is nothing special about the loop and thus, unless you are adventurous/curious or heading to Edale) following number 3-6-4-6-5-6 should give better views and less muddy fields to climb.
Overall it was a great experience with excellent panoramas over hills and sunsets. I did about 14kms (~8miles) in just four hours with few short breaks. From Castleton (T3) -> Losehill Pike, Back Tor (6) -> Back Tor Bridge, Hollins Cross (T7), Mam Tor (T6), back to Castelton (T4 + shortcuts).
Remember to take: appropriate clothing to weather (gets quite windy at peaks), shoes (outside summer or in rain trails can get quite muddy and slippery), snacks, water, some light especially when setting off late, a map and a camera :)
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