Kinder Downfall

September 18, 2015


Photographer: Rob Lawley
Summary Author: Rob Lawley

Kinder Scout, at over 2,060 ft (630 m), is the highest point in England's Peak District National Park. The National Park was designated in 1951 making it the oldest in the country and according to some sources the second most visited National Park in the world (after Mount Fuji in Japan). Kinder Scout is part of a high moorland plateau, roughly triangular in shape, the edge of which forms a continuous footpath about 14 mi (22 km) long. The elevation and steep slopes off the plateau ensure superb views into surrounding valleys.

The underlying rock is gritstone; a hard coarse-grained sandstone, which was originally deposited as sediments in marine and deltaic conditions during the Carboniferous Period (about 300 million years ago). Much of the plateau has a thick covering of very dark peat. Exposed rocks around the edge of the plateau have been wind blasted for millennia resulting in a variety of fascinating shapes. Kinder Downfall (the main waterfall off the plateau) is sometimes subjected to strong westerly winds which lift most of the falling water and blow it back onto the plateau as shown in the photo above. Despite the popularity of the National Park many a lonely spot can be found on the plateau. Photo taken June 2, 2015.