hathersage to stanage edge walk

Hathersage to Stanage Edge Walk

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Hathersage to Stanage Edge Walk

Discover the impressive gritsone cliffs of Stanage Edge with this scenic walk, steeped in history, literary connections and tranquil beauty.

The footpath leads from the car park in the heart of Hathersage, climbing through lush countryside and onto the Stanage Edge. From here, you’re rewarded with stunning vistas across the Dark Peaks, the Hope Valley and the unique formations of the Derwent Edge.

This captivating route beckons walkers with it’s pristine scenery, diverse landscape and rich history.

A breathtaking adventure awaits along this memorable walking trail…

Embark on the enchanting Hathersage to Stanage Edge walk, a picturesque journey that weaves through the quintessential landscapes of the Peak District. Connecting the historic village with the dramatic gritstone escarpement of Stanage Edge, this circular walk presents cutural richness with diverse and captivating landscapes.

Discover the standout features of the Hatersage to Stanage Edge Walk: 

Literary Significance: Hathersage is known for its literary connections, including Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, Jane Eyre, where North Lees Hall is considered the inspiration behind Thornfield Hall. 

Gritstone Formations: Marvel at the prominent gritstone formations that characterize Stanage Edge, with vertical cliffs, boulders and outcrops of historical and geological interest.

Summit Views: Stanage Edge rewards climbers with panoramic views across the region. Look northward for views of the picturesque Derwent Valley or westward to the meandering river of the Hope Valley. 


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  1. Starting point: Join the main road from the car park, passing through the village and onto Baulk Lane.
  2. Road Walk: Pass the cricket pitch and onto an unsurfaced track, stopping before Cowclose Farm. Veer left, passing Brookfield Manor and onto a country lane, turning right then left onto North Lees Hall.
  3. North Lees Hall: Turn right after the hall before climbing a set of steps across the hillside and into a woodland. From here, follow a steeped path on the left, turning left again then right onto a grass footpath.
  4. Stanage Plantation Climb: Join the path, climbing through Stanage Plantation before veering left to the cliff top. The summit of High Neb and Crow Chin come into view as you follow the path right along the edge.
  5. Cliff Decent: Decend to the path below the cliffs, joining a second track that doubles back and returns to the top of the cliffs.
  6. Trig Point: Continue walking along the edge to the bouldery east summit. The concrete cap marks the trig point.
  7. Higger Tor Summit: Follow the road to Upper Burbage Bridge, veering left then right and onto the path to the summit of Higger Tor.
  8. Road Walk: Double back onto a path leading to the Fiddlers Elbow road. Take the path on the left, descending Callow Bank to Dale Bottom road. Turn right onto Toothill Farm.
  9. Return to Hathersage: At the farmhouse, turn left, passing a church before turning right down School Lane. Join Main Road into the heart of Hathersage, veering left to the Hathersage car park.
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