Stanage Edge Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Hollin Bank Car Park, Hathersage, Derbyshire, S32 1DA

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 4.9 miles (7.9 kilometres)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Hollin Bank Car Park, Hathersage, Derbyshire, S32 1DA

Key Highlights:

  • Stanage Edge: A dramatic gritstone escarpment offering stunning views over the Peak District, including High Neb, the highest point at 458 meters.
  • Robin Hood’s Cave: A notable feature along the edge, providing a sheltered spot with fantastic views.
  • Hathersage Village: The walk begins and ends in this picturesque village, known for its connections to the novel "Jane Eyre" and its charming cafes and pubs.

End Point: Hollin Bank Car Park

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 4.9 miles (7.9 kilometres)

Difficulty: Moderate – involves some steep ascents and rocky terrain.

Terrain: Mixed terrain including well-marked paths, rocky trails, and grassy fields. Paths can be slippery in wet conditions.


  • By Car: Parking is available at Hollin Bank Car Park, with additional roadside parking on busy days.
  • Public Transport: The nearest train station is Hathersage, approximately a 50-minute walk from the starting point.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy, waterproof walking boots are essential due to the rocky and sometimes muddy paths.

Supplies: Bring water, snacks, and possibly a packed lunch. There are limited opportunities to refill water along the route.

Navigation: Carry a map (OS Explorer OL1) and a compass, and know how to use them. A GPS device can be useful but should not be solely relied upon.

Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions, even in summer. Carry waterproof clothing, warm layers, and a hat and gloves.

The Stanage Edge walk is a popular and scenic circular route starting and ending at Hollin Bank Car Park.

This 4.9-mile walk features stunning views from the gritstone edge, including the High Neb trig point. The route is well-marked and features points of interest such as Robin Hood’s Cave and historical connections to the village of Hathersage.

It's a perfect day out for those looking for a moderate hike with a mix of natural beauty and historical intrigue!

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