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Stanage Edge from Dennis Knoll

Peak District Walk

Nat Park - Peak District - Gritstone Edges Higger Tor

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km    Ascent - 620 feet / 188 metres

Time - 4 hours 10 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Stanage Edge
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Less popular than some parts of the Dark Peak, this area still has some good walking country. The Peak District walk described below is ideal for a half day excursion and could easily be extended if required. You will be surprised by the spacious feel to the scenery above Bamford Edge. Open moorland and rolling hills, normally unseen from the valley roads, merge together backed by the gritstone forming Stanage Edge. Parking was easy, we used the spaces by the Dennis Knoll Plantation (grid ref. SK 228843) but there are other parking areas along the road running parallel and below the edge.

Following the road east and then south-east we drew level with the Stanage Plantation on our left. Taking the footpath we headed up to the edge with the scenery improving rapidly as we gained height. Clambering on to the main edge we continued east to the Stanedge Pole where views across the City of Sheffield and down to Redmires Reservoirs are on offer.

Returning in south-westerly direction to the Edge we treated the extensive boggy ground with caution. Even so wet feet were unavoidable. Regaining the edge we worked our way over the High Neb (summit point of Stanage Edge) continuing past the Crow Chin and down to the disused quarry at Stanage End. The Edge provides easy walking with good views west - including all the high ground of Kinder and Bleaklow.

Turning back on ourselves (grid ref. SK 228870) we left the ridge for lower ground using the path running parallel to our outward route. Scatted below the edge are many discarded millstones. Once quarried and finished in this area, the finished and half-finished discards show how quickly the market collapsed. Return to your car is a simple matter of navigation.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2548 Stanage Edge from Hathersagemoderate8.5 miles
Walk 2588 Win Hill & Hope Crossmoderate7.5 miles
Walk 1541 Redmire, Stanage & Ughill Moor circular moderate13.0 miles
Walk 3540 The Derwent Edge from Cutthroat Bridgemoderate10.0 miles
Walk 1580 Redmires Reservoireasy2.5 miles
Walk 2235 Bamford & Stanage Edgesmoderate9.9 miles
Walk 2516 Moscar, Dale Dike & Shrines Reservoirseasy/mod7.0 miles
Walk 2629 Stanage Edge, Redmires & Hallam Moorseasy/mod8.5 miles
Walk 1479 Burbage Moor & Redmires from near Ringingloweasy/mod9.8 miles
Walk 1270 Abney Circulareasy/mod7.2 miles

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