Stanage Edge and Stanage Pole
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3.00 Miles (4.80 Km)
Explorer OL1 1:25000
Dark Peak Area
Hook's Car - Car park
(SK 2450 8287)
1181 feet (360 meters)
990 feet (302 meters)
1443 feet (440 meters)
Limited Free Off Road
Jun 6th 2012 Duration 1h 45m
Stanedge Pole; the trig point that never was. Shown on 1:25,000 ordnance survey maps as a trig point; there isn't one! Nor to the best of my knowledge and research has there ever been one at that location, this may well be the only trig point in the UK never to have had a triangulation plate.
A three mile walk up onto Stanage Edge from the parking area at Hook's Car, then along the edge with it's outstanding views across the Hope valley, before a diversion along an old Roman road to Stanedge Pole and the boundary between Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Then its back to Stanage Edge and down through woodland to a final uphill walk along a lane back to the start point. If walking with dogs in spring and early summer please be aware of ground nesting birds (Ring Ouzel, Meadow Pipit, and others) in the heather.Although this is a rather short this please be prepared (as always) when walking this route as it is totally exposed to the wind and elements for most of the way.
Getting There:Hathersage is situated in the Derwent valley, Derbyshire, and the Peak District National Park, 12 miles north east of Buxton on the A6178 between the main A625 Buxton to Sheffield road and Castleton. Hathersage is also well served by both rail and bus servicesi, but there is no public transport between hathersage it's self and the start point of this walk. Timetables for bus services to and from Hathersage are available from Derby Bus Info
Car parking for this walk is at Hook Car, this is free off-road road-side parking, please park courtiously as space is limited.
The Hook's Car parking area is around a mile to the north-east of Hathersage as the crow flies. If approaching from Ringinglow take the unnamed road to the right just after the car-park at Upper Burbage Bridge, Hook's Car is on the right around a mile further on. From the centre of Hathersage head out of the town towards Shefffield and that the first left after the Nat-West Bank called "The Dale", this may have a bill-board for the Scotsmans Pack Paublic House, then follow the road as it bends to the right for a one and a half miles; Hook's Car will then be on the left. Entering Hatersage on the A6187 from Sheffield, "The Dale" is on the right half-way around the long left hand bend as you enter the town.
View Over Cattis-Side Moor And The Hope Valley From Stanage Edge
From the parking area at Hook's Car take either of the two paths from then end of the car park near the road junction and walk towards Stanage Edge. The path soon begins to rise and after a while splits into two, at this point take the steeper path to the right up toward some wooden fencing further up the slope. From the section of fencing continue up the slope and on to the top of Stanage Edge, once at the top take a moment to admire the view before turning left and joining the route of the Sheffield Country Walk long distance footpath.
Walk north along the top of Stanage Edge until you reach an old wooden pen-fold, from here Stanege Pole is clearly visible and there is what appears to be a path from the back of the pen-fold to the pole. Indeed it is marked as such on the map, but beware should you choose to go that way as the ground between this point and the pole is a heather covered peat bog known as White Path Moss. It really is quite boggy, so going that way you are most probably going to get wet and mobbed by ground nesting birds!
Continue to walk along the length of Stanage Edge until wooden fencing blocks the path, there skirt around the left hand edge of the fence then turn right away from Stanage edge and walk along a track to the old Roman Road that leads towards Stanedge Pole. When walking out to Satnage Pole beware of ruts containing water, some of them are around two feet deep and may come as a bit of a nasty surprise should you step in one. Once at Stanedge Pole you are at the boundary of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, looking out towards Redmires Reservoirs in the distance the wall to the left is the actual border between the two counties. By standing on the rocks at the base of the pole a magnificent 360 degree panorama of the area may be seen.
Having visited the pole retrace you steps back to Stanage Edge, then continue north-easterly along the path in the same direction as before. After a short distance look for a path to the left the begins to descend from the edge, before doubling back on it's self and heading toward Stanage Plantation. This is the path down from Stanage Edge by this walk, take care not to miss it as it is not sign posted and can easily be passed if not paying attention. The path down is both well made and well worn, being stone I would suggest it could become a little slippery when wet.
Follow this path down the face of and along the base of Stanage edge, then through a gate into Stanage Plantation. On leaving Stanage Plantation a car park should be visible ahead, walk towards this then divert left through about half way and head to a gap in the wall near to the toiled block on the other side of the road. When you get to the road turn left and follow the lane to a junction, at this junction turn left once more and begin the steady straight uphill walk back to the car parking area at Hook's car and the end of the walk.
GPS Track Of Walk
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