Stanage Edge & Burbage from Hathersage, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
A lovely guided group walk from the village of Hathersage, Derbyshire.
The walk starts off fairly gently along a track and through fields heading out of Hathersage with great views up towards Stanage Edge. Stanage, meaning "Stone Edge", is a 5 km long gritstone escarpment famous for climbing. The walk then leaves the valley, passing through woods before climbing about 200 m (600 ft) to the top of Stanage Edge.
We walk along the top of Stanage Edge, following a medieval packhorse route, taking in the great views and watching people climbing. We'll keep a careful look out for something fairly unusual along this route, numbered grouse troughs carved into the rock. Part way along the edge we also have the option of taking a look at Robin Hood's Cave, hidden in the face of the cliffs. We continue walking until we reach the trig point at a height of 457 m which signals that the main climb of the walk is now behind us.
From here we continue walking to Burbage and visit it's ancient hill fort of Carl Wark. From Burbage we can take a quick stop at the Longshaw Estate before starting our journey back to Hathersage. Finally we walk over Hathersage Moor and then through fields and a lovely beech wood as we descend into Hathersage to finish the walk.
The walk includes a mixture of good tracks and smaller footpaths and one fairly long hill up to Stanage Edge from Hathersage, a climb of about 200 m (600 ft). At any time of year there could be some muddy sections. On top of Stanage Edge the path becomes rougher as we approach the trig point, the last part of which includes some optional clambering around on the rocks to reach the trig point. The paths over Burbage pass over a couple of rocky outcrops which involve some care whilst walking down and around the rocks. The remainder of the walk is on good paths, with a couple of short steeper descents towards the end.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (avoid jeans)
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick)
- Walking boots (route is rough and uneven in places so good ankle support is recommended)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We'll have a couple of food stops on the walk.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief etc and any personal medication)
- Money for car park fees and a possible visit to a cafe