Stanage Edge & Keira Knightley Rock, Peak District
Guided Walking in the Peak District
A spectacular guided group walk along Stanage Edge visiting Keira Knightley Rock from Pride & Prejudice.
Current maximum group size - 5 people per walk
A lovely walk along the spectacular Stanage Edge. Starting off fairly gently, we head down to North Lees, the inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
Next we climb up to the famous gritstone edge of Stanage, meaning "Stone Edge", a 5 km long gritstone escarpment famous for climbing. Here we visit the rock now known as Keira Knightley Rock used in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice.
The walk continues along a medieval packhorse route to the summit of Stanage Edge, with spectacular views all the way along. From here we continue walking to Burbage and visit it's ancient hill fort of Carl Wark. From Burbage we return to the car park after making one final visit to Stanage to see some of the old Mill Stones, now the symbol of the Peak District National Park.
The walk includes a mixture of good tracks and smaller footpaths and one moderately steep hill up to Stanage Edge, a climb of about 180 m (500 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 an optional rocky section to reach the trig point itself. The route to Carl Wark is also rocky in places with a short steeper section.
Recommended Equipment & Clothing
- **Hand sanitiser and face mask/covering mandatory** A face mask/covering does not need to be worn as we will be observing social distancing of 2m, however it could be required in emergency situations, to help protect people whilst providing first aid or assistance, or when social distancing is not possible.
- Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans).
- Waterproof jacket.
- Waterproof trousers.
- Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick).
- Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots that go above the ankle, providing good ankle support, are strongly recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in muddy areas). No Trainers.
- Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny.
- Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.
- Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief, emergency foil blanket and any personal medication).
- Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag.
- Money for car park fees.
- Optional additions: gaiters and/or walking poles if you use them.