Mount Famine is a hill in the Dark Peak that lies roughly halfway between the villages of Chinley and Hayfield, to the east of the A624 road. It commands great views of Kinder Scouts south-west corner.
Origin of the name ‘Mount Famine’
Way back between 1750 and 1850, Enclosure Acts were passed that resulted in land such as commons and moorlands being allocated to private landowners. These landowners built walls to section off parts of their new land in order to lease it to tenant farmers. Unfortunately, the land often wasn’t suitable for successful farming, and so the tenant farmers, despite their hard work, often went hungry. These farmers are sometimes memorialised in place-names. Mount Famine is an example of this in the Dark Peak. Other notable examples include Starvation Hill, Never Gains, Famish Acre, and Mount Misery – all in Dartmoor.
The hill is often accessed from the Pennine Bridleway due to the path circling around its western side. It can also be accessed by the way of the Jacobs Ladder path to Kinder by continuing down Oaken Clough to Coldwell Clough. Alternatively, a more scenic route involves leaving the Jacobs Ladder path to Brown Knoll, and then following the high moorland around towards the hill of South Head before arriving at Mount Famine. Navigation this way is simple as the path follows the line of a farm wall all the way to South Head
Hill: Mount Famine
Region: 36: Lancashire, Cheshire and S Pennines
Area: The Peak District
Height (m): 473
Drop (m): 44
Feature: no feature: ground beside path immediately east of fence
A Dark Peak walk that begins in Edale and takes in the hill summits of South Head and Mount Famine before crossing to Kinder Scouts western edge at Red Brook. From here, it’s a walk back along the edges, past Kinder Low and the Wool…