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|North Lees, Dennis Knoll and Stanage Edge|
|Author: Marie Prime, Published: 20 Feb 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Derbyshire, Dark Peak|
|A circular walk down the valley of the North Lees Estate and up over a section of Stanage Edge with its magnificent views of the Derwent Valley. North Lees Estate was once owned by the Eyre family and it is said that Charlotte Bronte visited the nearby North Lees Hall and that this is where she got her inspiration for her novel Jane Eyre. Up to the early 20th century, millstone grit was quarried bellow Stanage Edge which was used to make grinding wheels, build houses and pave roads. There is also evidence of a Bronze Age farming community.The estate is managed by the National Park Authority and receives over half a million visitors per year. It is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. |
On the walk you will need to negotiate some gates, steps, a set of stepping stones across a stream and several stiles (including wall and fence types). The path over and down from Stanage Edge is very uneven and rocky so good footwear is recommended. Sheep tend to roam free across the area so care should be taken if walking with dogs. Toilets are located at the beginning of the walk and refreshments can be obtained in the nearby village of Hathersage.
The walk starts from a pay and display car park within the North Lees Estate which is accessed from Hathersage. From the A6187 in Hathersage, turn onto School Lane and follow the road passing the pub on the right. Continue along The Dale passing houses on the left. The road continues uphill, follow this until you cross a cattle grid signed North Lees Estate (approximately 1.5 miles). Almost immediately, turn left passing a car-park on the right. Continue for half a mile until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right-hand fork and the car park is further along the road on the right. The car park is pay and display. The post code to get you onto School Lane is Hathersage Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 1BZ.
|Start to Right Turn|
Start point: 53.3505 lat, -1.6452 long
Turn left along the bottom tier of the car park until you go through the gap onto the minor road. Turn left and walk past the toilets on the right. Shortly, turn right down a path signed for Hathersage and Bamford.
|Right Turn to Wooden Gate|
Start point: 53.3492 lat, -1.6426 long
The path soon heads down a flight of steps, through the trees and then right along a fenced track. Go through a wooden gate.
|Wooden Gate to Chapel View|
Start point: 53.3484 lat, -1.6444 long
The path splits here; bear right away from the main path, pass a few rocks on the left and continue going through a large wooden gate. Follow the obvious path as it winds down over the rocky scrub land to go through a further wooden gate. (Here, if you look over to the left you can see the remains of Holy Trinity Chapel. The date of the original building on this site is not known. One source claims that the chapel was built in 1685 in the reign of James II by the Eyre family and was subsequently destroyed during the Revolution of 1688.)
|Chapel View to Stepping Stones|
Start point: 53.3493 lat, -1.6495 long
Continue to follow the path which becomes quite sunken as you head for and pass through a gate into the wooded valley. Cross the stream via the stepping stones.
|Stepping Stones to Left Turn|
Start point: 53.3499 lat, -1.652 long
Follow the path uphill and climb a narrow flight of steps (slightly hidden in the ivy covered wall). On reaching the mill pond, turn left. The path heads up towards a stile by a gate. Go forward and cross the next two fields going through a further gate. On reaching a waymarker, ignore a gate opening on the right but turn left along a walled track (this area is boggy after wet weather).
|Left Turn to Wall Stile|
Start point: 53.3506 lat, -1.6556 long
The track leads into the yard of Green House. Pass between the buildings and, just before reaching a small outbuilding on the right, turn right along the waymarked path. Go through the gate and follow the path uphill to cross a stile. At a standing stone the path bends right, follow this keeping a wall on the right. Soon you reach a gate opening on the right. Go through and follow the wall now on the left as you continue gently uphill. Cross a wall that seems to block the way ahead via the high wall stile.
|Wall Stile to Minor Road|
Start point: 53.3521 lat, -1.6563 long
Continue with the wall on the left and, as the path bends left, Stanage Edge is viewed in front. Pass a small wood on the left to reach the minor road.
|Minor Road to Dennis Knoll|
Start point: 53.3555 lat, -1.6575 long
Turn left along the road and, on reaching a small car park on the right, turn right to follow the track which is signed Dennis Knoll, passing a green anti-vehicle gate.
|Dennis Knoll to Stanage Edge|
Start point: 53.3556 lat, -1.6603 long
Follow this track for just under 1 mile as it ascends the hill gently at first but steeper as you near the top. (Ignore any paths off to the side). On reaching the top turn right along Stanage Edge.
|Stanage Edge to Rocky Outcrop|
Start point: 53.358 lat, -1.6439 long
At a low access land sign, bear right to walk along the edge. Follow the rocky uneven path and soon on the left you will reach a rocky outcrop.
|Rocky Outcrop to Gate into Woods|
Start point: 53.356 lat, -1.6412 long
Just past the rocky outcrop you need to look for the path on the right. Note: this is not signed and so can be difficult to spot. If you reach a low fence across the path you have gone to far.
|Gate into Woods to End|
Start point: 53.3532 lat, -1.6411 long
The path descends through the wood and is part paved and rocky, but some sections can be boggy especially after wet weather. Go through a further gate to leave the woods. The path now crosses open land and as it bends right the car park comes into view. Head for this to reach the end of the walk.
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Excellent Route. Which was well described.
|By ACorbitt on 08 Mar 2015|
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