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Bamford Edge Guided Walk

A wonderful walk with exceptional views over Ladybower Reservoir, exploring Bamford, Stanage and Hadron Edges.  Variety and striking panoramas make this walk a must!

  • Distance: 11 miles/ 18km.
  • Ascent: 1800 feet /540m of ascent.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Great For:  New and experienced hill walkers.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1600 each day. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish Day:  Hetherdene Car Park, A6013, Bamford, Hope Valley S33 oBY.
  • Location Map >


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From Hetherdene Car Park on the shores of Ladybower Reservoir, our route follows woodland paths up onto Bamford Edge’s rocky escarpment.  There are impressive views in all directions – this is a wonderful spot to view Ladybower Reservoir and the Derwent Hills. From here we continue over moorland tracks, and through woodland up onto our highest edge, Stanage, passing the High Neb Trig Point at 1500 feet/458m. Nearly four miles long, we’ll walk a section of this ‘skyline’ escarpment which has a craggy, gritstone cliff – famous for climbing. We’ll walk along the top edge and enjoy views towards the Peak District’s highest hills including Mam Tor and Kinder Scout, with the Hope Valley far below.

A gradual descent takes us to the quiet moorland on Hadron Edge with its ancient stone circle. We return towards Bamford Edge before descending to the shores of Ladybower Reservoir where we started.

Why not make a weekend of it? 

  • If you are walking Bamford Edges with us us on Saturday 31 August 2024,  you can also book our Padley Gorge and Tors Walk on Sunday 1 September 2024 here >

Additional information

Walk Date

Saturday 31 August 2024, Thursday 24 October 2024

What’s included?

  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.
  • The option of a free, return lift from a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Ask us when you book.
Not Included:
  • Parking or transport costs associated with your walk.
  • Essential walking kit or food.
  • Navigation equipment and maps for Navigation Courses (we will help if we have spares).

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Kit Kist for all our walks >

Meeting and Parking

We meet at Hetherdene Car Park, A6013, Hope Valley S33 oBY.  The car park is a ‘Pay & Display’ and (currently) costs £6 per day. Please bring coins in case the card option is not functioning.

Please see a Google Map showing the location of Hetherdene Car Park here.

Coming by Bus or Train
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. We are happy to pick you up from Bamford Station. Or, if you’re staying or arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift.


There are toilets at Bamford’s Hetherdene Car Park where we meet.

Bamford is a small pretty villages with a pub, hotel, cafe, accommodation but limited facilities.

Hathersage:  Hathersage (10 minutes by car) has toilets, a garage, shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels, B & B’s and a Youth Hostel.

The villages of Hope and Castleton are also nearby.

See a map of the local area here.

Walk Difficulty

This is a Moderate Walk.  Here is our walk difficulty guide >


We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >


Click here to see a Google map of accommodation near this walks start.

We have also created a page of Peak District accommodation we recommend here >

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.