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Kinder Scout
The Kinder plateau seen from the south
Highest point
Elevation 636 metres (2,087 ft)
Prominence 496.6 m (1,629 ft)
Parent peak Cross Fell
English translation Water over the edge
Language of name Old Norse
Kinder Scout is located in Derbyshire
Kinder Scout
Kinder Scout
Location in Derbyshire
Location Derbyshire, England
Parent range Peak District

Kinder Scout is a moorland plateau and National Nature Reserve in the Dark Peak of the Derbyshire Peak District in England. Part of the moor, at 636 metres (2,087 ft) above sea level, is the highest point in the Peak District, the highest point in Derbyshire, and the highest point in the East Midlands.

In excellent weather conditions the city of Manchester and the Greater Manchester area can be seen, as well as Winter Hill near Bolton, and the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales. To the north across the Snake Pass lie the high moors of Bleaklow and Black Hill, which are of similar elevation.

Kinder Scout featured on the BBC television programme Seven Natural Wonders (2005) as one of the wonders of the Midlands, though it is considered by many to be in Northern England, lying between the cities of Manchester and Sheffield.

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Edale Cross

It is a popular hiking location and the Pennine Way crosses Kinder Scout and the moors to the north. This has resulted in the erosion of the underlying peat, prompting work by Derbyshire County Council and the Peak District National Park to repair it, in conjunction with the landowner, the National Trust.

Parts of the Kinder Scout plateau are still occasionally closed for conservation, public safety, grouse shooting or fire prevention reasons, but prior notice is generally given on the Peak District National Park Authority's website.

Kinder Downfall is the tallest waterfall in the Peak District, with a 30-metre fall, it lies on the River Kinder. Below the Downfall the River Kinder flows into Kinder Reservoir. In cold winters the waterfall freezes providing local mountaineers with an icy challenge that can be climbed with ice axes, ropes and crampons. The Edale Cross lies immediately south of Kinder Scout. The cross is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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