- County: Derbyshire
- Nearest Town(s): Hathersage
- Difficulty: Easy
- Time: 15 mins – 4 hours
- Height: 457m
- Map: OS Explorer Map OL1 The Peak District: Dark Peak Area*
Stanage Edge is an iconic crag in the Peak District, popular with climbers and walkers alike, and with three trig points in close succession, it’s a must do for both local and visiting trigbaggers.
We love the Peak, so we don’t ever need an excuse to head up for a weekend, but on this occasion we made the trip to take advantage of an insane sale on Rab and Lowe Alpine gear at Equip Outdoors (for the uninitiated, Equip Outdoors are the manufacturing outlet for Rab and Lowe Alpine, meaning there are bargains to be had on samples and seconds).
After spending far too much money on more outdoor gear we didn’t need (hello new Microlite Down) it seemed only right to get some suitable outdoor activities in. With the weather looking like it was going to rain, we left the bouldering mats in the car and headed out for a walk along the edge.
As it turns out, my lovely new down jacket was not required, and got stashed very quickly as the sun decided to show its face, resulting in a rather enjoyable three hour escapade from the Stanage Edge trig point along to High Neb via Stanage Pole.
Where to Park
Car parks abound along the roads surrounding Stanage Edge but given it’s popularity it’s often busy so either get there early or later in the afternoon to be sure of a space. We parked in a roadside space right at the start of our path.
If you are camping in or around Hathersage (particularly at the popular North Lees campsite) there are direct routes up to the edge that are worth taking, rather than bringing the car the short distance.
The Walk In
As mentioned, we got lucky with a space right next to the start of our route, but if you aren’t so lucky, there are plenty of routes up to the edge, with varying degrees of scrambling required to get to the top. That said, our route had minimal scrambling so is a good option for those less comfortable getting to know their inner mountain goat.
Follow the signposted path up to the edge and head onto the top. Look to your left and you’ll see the Stanage Edge trig point on a boulder, with fantastic views on a sunny day.
The View From The Pillar
The view from this pillar, as with many of the Peak District trigs, is wonderful, with sights out across the Hope Valley and Hathersage.
However, I would say that the views get better at High Neb, so it’s worth taking in both if you’re in the area.
The Walk Continued
If you’ve only got a very short amount of time, you can turn around and head straight back to the car in the direction you came.
A much better option though, is to continue your walk along to Stanage Pole and High Neb. The circuit took us about 3 hours including time to stop, snack and take photos.
Find out how the route continues in our Stanage Pole article.
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