Stanage Edge Walk

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Stanage Edge Walk is a 12.2 kilometer out and back trail located near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
12.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
285 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

rocky

The length of Stanage and back again providing a great look at the whole of the Edge and the climbing routes along it. A simple there and back walk, along the top or base of the edge or any combination. It may be a simple and not too strenuous walk, but the views are some of the best in Derbyshire, the views down and across the Derwent Valley being far reaching on a clear day. Do ensure you take appropriate footwear and clothing. The rocks can be slippy when very wet and there's often mud to walk through. Even if it is warm in the valley, there can be a good breeze as you walk along the edge that can make it feel chilly. And in common with anywhere in the Peak District it can start to rain! Stanage Edge is for me the king of the Derbyshire gritstone edges. It has a presence unlike any of the other parts of the Derbyshire Peak District towering above the Hope Valley near Hathersage. It is an almost unbroken four mile line of exposed gritstone cliff that stretches from Moscar Moor and runs south east to Cowper Stone at Burbage End. It has something for everyone - great walking, some of the best climbing (over 850 recognised routes) and bouldering in Britain, fantastic and far reaching views down the Derwent Valley, easy access by road (so no long climbs to the top from Hathersage in the valley below), lots of natural history to see and so on. But with magnificence and relatively easy access comes popularity. On a good weekend, when the weather is mild, not raining and there's no major football match, cars are parked along every stretch of road and there's so many people climbing that the cacophony of carabiners is the only sound you will hear! But find a day when you can be on your own or in relatively small numbers the area is just sublime. In his 1946 book "The Backbone of England", W.A Poucher describes the gritstone Edges as being "like the long broken battlements of an old fortress", a description that I think paints an excellent picture. He continues: "...and Stanage Edge is probably the most beautiful of them all. Here the moorland plateau suddenly ends and a line of supporting precipitous gritstone cliffs, up to 100 feet high, separates it from the first declivities of the valley which sink down gently to the woods fringing the river that threads its floor." I couldn't find better prose to describe Stanage. There are plenty of remains of earlier industry and activities all along the escarpment and below on the moors. Abandoned millstones, some clearly close to completion, litter the moors immediately below the cliff. These are more concentrated near Burbage End and near High Neb. There are also the numbered drinking wells carved into the gritstone along the ridge at the behest of gamekeepers. These were to allow grouse to drink rainwater. From almost anywhere on the ridge, the views are just great. At the northern end you can see over Winhill, Lose Hill and the Great Ridge to Mam Tor and Kinder Scout. In the middle you can look down into the Hope Valley and Hathersage, and at the southern end the view down the Derwent Valley to Chatsworth is great. Stanage Edge provides a great choice of walking. You can start at either end and walk to the opposite end and back again. You can start in the middle and do a round trip, or you can combine this with a longer walk that touches other parts, equally worthy of a visit!

walking
8 days ago

Brilliant walk, just quite boggy on the return back from Stanage pole (an extra part to the walk) as it isn't a proper footpath.

hiking
1 month ago

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