Saturday, 1 July 2000

Moutain Profile: Mam Tor

The exposed face of Mam Tor
Height: 517m (1,696ft)
Prominence: 62m (203ft)
Region: Peak District Dark Peak
Classifications: Dewey
Summit feature: Trig pillar and paving
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Rushup Edge, The Great Ridge & Win Hill - 03/07/2016
Mam Tor & The Great Ridge - 04/01/2015
Mam Tor's trig pillar
Mam Tor can be found in the High Peak of Derbyshire, forming part of the ridge enclosing Edale.

Its name means "mother hill", so called because frequent landslips on its eastern face have resulted in a multitude of 'mini-hills' beneath it. These landslides, which are caused by unstable lower layers of shale, also give the hill its alternative name of Shivering Mountain. The current rotational landslide began roughly 4,000 years ago.

In 1979 the continual battle to maintain the A625 road on the crumbling eastern side of the hill was lost when the road officially closed as a through-route.

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