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Bamford Six Edges Guided Weekend

A weekend exploring six of the best Peak District Gritstone Edges! These walks are an excellent introduction to the area and perfect for a summer hike – choose one or both days.  We’ll take lesser known routes to visit Bamford, Stanage, Hadron, Curbar, White and Froggatt edges. They include walks through woodland, views over the high peaks and reservoirs and a stroll down the lovely Padley Gorge. Variety and striking panoramas make this weekend a must.

  • Distance: 10 – 11 miles/16 – 18km each day.
  • Ascent: 1400 -1800 feet /420 – 540m of ascent each day.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Great For:  New and experienced hill walkers.
  • Approx Timings: 0915 – 1600 each day. Final confirmation when you book.
  • Start/Finish Day:  Bamford (Day 1) Grindleford (Day 2)
  • Location Map >

 

PLEASE NOTE:

We have spaces on the Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August Weekend. (Saturday 8 and 9 June weekend is now now sold out)

See ‘Choose an Option’ below.

£40.00

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Description

Saturday – Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge and Hadron Edge  

The Route: 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.

Sunday – Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge and White Edge 

The Route: From Grindleford Station Café, we climb on a woodland track up to Tumbling hill – a rocky outcrop that affords a great viewpoint of the Hope Valley and surrounding edges.  The going is easier now as we walk along Froggatt and Curbar Edges. These escarpments, with their fine rock architecture, offer distant views over quaint Peak District villages and the River Derwent in the valley below. We then ascend to the less-visited White Edge which is a nature reserve and the highest point of our walk at over 1200ft/366m. We head down to the Longshaw Estate where we can stop for a cuppa at the National Trust tea room. Our final descent takes us alongside Burbage Brook as it tumbles over the waterfalls, descending to Grindleford through the woods of the enchanting Padley Gorge.

Additional information

The Walk

A weekend exploring six of the best Peak District Gritstone Edges! These walks are an excellent introduction to the area and perfect for an early Spring hike – choose one or both days.  We’ll take lesser known routes to visit Bamford, Stanage, Hadron, Curbar, White and Froggatt edges. They include walks through woodland, views over the high peaks and reservoirs and a stroll down the lovely Padley Gorge. Variety and striking panoramas make this weekend a must.

What’s included?

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

Saturday 23 March 2024 – Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge and Hadron Edge  

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.

Sunday 24 March 2024 – Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge and White Edge 

We meet outside Grindleford Station Cafe (which has toilets), Upper Padley, Grindleford, Hope Valley, S32 2JA.  There is parking on Station Road next to the cafe.  This is currently £2.20 per day and you book using the RingGo App (location code 35712). Or phone 0113 8090070 and book en route or before leaving home (reception can be poor at the Station).

Please see a Google Map showing the location of Grindleford Station 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 on the Saturday, and Sunday’s walk departs from the Cafe at Grindleford Station. Or, if you’re staying or arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift.

Facilities

Our Meeting Points: On Saturday there are toilets at Bamford’s Hetherdene Car Park where we meet. On Sunday there are toilets at Grindleford Station Cafe where we meet  – you can get a cuppa and snack before we start!

Bamford and Grindleford are small, pretty villages with pubs/hotels, 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 >

FAQs

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

Accommodation

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…

Respect:
  • 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
Protect:
  • 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
Enjoy:
  • 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.
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