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3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges

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3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges
Author: ptruman, Published: 14 Feb 2010 Walk rating : Rating:star1  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edgesstar1  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edgesstar1  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edgesstar1  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edgesstar1  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges
Derbyshire, Dark Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges
Length: 9 miles,  Difficulty: boot  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges boot  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges boot  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges boot  3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges
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The three "best" gritstone edges in one walk! A fairly stiff but exhilarating walk that takes in Whinstone Lee Tor at the southern end of Derwent Edge, across the moors to Stanage Edge and from there to Bamford Edge where there are what I believe to be the best views possible in the Derbyshire Peak District. That assumes the weather is good!
This circular route starts at the layby at Ashopton on the A57, but do note that at weekends this can get very busy so best to arrive early.

The particular attraction for this walk is that it touches three of the gritstone escarpments that run right across the Peak District and mark the boundary between the more southern and gentle White Peak and the higher moorlands of the Dark Peak. The views from each are terrific and include what I rate as the best view in Derbyshire, that from Bamford Edge overlooking Ladybower Reservoir, Win Hill and the Upper Derwent Valley.

It is a fairly strenuous walk, certainly compared to many others in the Peak District, but is easily navigable. Indeed, much of the route is easy to see from almost anywhere on the walk! The hardest bit to find is the path, what there is of it, that runs across the moor from Stanage to Bamford Edge. This is easier to locate in the winter, but tends to be quite boggy, so be sure to be appropriately dressed and do not wear trainers. They will get wet!

The start point for this walk is the long lay by on the A57 adjacent to Ladybower Reservoir. Approximate post code S33 0AX. This parking place is free but can get very busy at weekends and during the summer so it pays to be early. If there's no room there is another car park at Heatherdene towards Bamford or, of course, the car parks and laybys along the road to Derwent Valley, Fairholmes and Ashopton.

Walk Sections

Ashopton to Whinstone Lee Tor
Ashopton to Whinstone Lee Tor

Start: OS ref SK197864
End: OS ref SK198876

Start point: 53.3742 lat, -1.7068 long
End point: 53.3851 lat, -1.7036 long

From the lay by on the A57 walk west and before you get to Ladybower viaduct turn right off onto the track that follows the reservoir. Almost immediately turn right again to follow the path that goes behind the houses nearer the road. A path turns to the left once you reach the trees. Follow this path through the plantation until you reach the summit of Whinstone Lee Tor. At the top you will get some marvellous views of the Derwent Valley.

Whinstone Lee Tor to Moscar
Whinstone Lee Tor to Moscar

Start: OS ref SK198876
End: OS ref SK224877

Start point: 53.3851 lat, -1.7036 long
End point: 53.3861 lat, -1.6641 long

From Whinstone Lee Tor continue north passing Hurkling Stones and to where the footpaths cross. Whilst it may be tempting to continue along Derwent Edge and past Wheelstones, turn right over the moors towards Moscar and follow this path until you reach the A57 road. Turn left to walk along the road for a short distance to get to the path on the right for Stanage Edge.

Moscar to Stanage Edge (Crow Chin)
Moscar to Stanage Edge (Crow Chin)

Start: OS ref SK224877
End: OS ref SK222856

Start point: 53.3861 lat, -1.6641 long
End point: 53.3675 lat, -1.6671 long

From the A57 follow the path towards Stanage Edge and continue at the base of the edge. You can walk along the top but it can be a hassle to climb down again, so it is recommended you stay at the base and watch climbers from below!
As Stanage Edge swings round to the left at Crow Chin towards the south east, the path veers over to the right towards Bamford Edge across Moscar Moor.

Stanage Edge to Bamford Edge
Stanage Edge to Bamford Edge

Start: OS ref SK222856
End: OS ref SK207849

Start point: 53.3675 lat, -1.6671 long
End point: 53.3609 lat, -1.6898 long

This is the best bit by far, but that's jumping ahead...
The path across Moscar Moor can take a little finding and can be boggy unless frozen solid, but it will take you south to the disused quarry at the start of Bamford Edge (SK215845). From here walk along the path (somewhat vague in places) at the top of the edge until you get to Great Tor. You will know when you've reached this point as the views are just sensational looking across Ladybower to Win Hill, across to Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and up the Derwent Valley. This is my favourite view in the Derbyshire Peak District, just jaw dropping. One day I will carry a picnic and deck chair to this point and sit and enjoy the view.

Bamford Edge to Ashopton
Bamford Edge to Ashopton

Start point: 53.3609 lat, -1.6898 long
End point: 53.3742 lat, -1.7068 long

Once you have savoured the view from Bamford Edge its time to descend. Follow the edge and downhill. When you get to the stream follow the fence down towards the woods (the path roughly coincides with the overhead wires) and down to the road. Walk back to the layby following the side of Ladybower Reservoir.

Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2010 by the author ptruman and may not be reproduced without permission.


2 responses to "3 Edges: Derwent, Stanage and Bamford Edges"

Good comment

By baller77 on 2012-12-25 12:53:49

Have now done this twice once in thick mist so a challenge, once in clear weather with great views, strenuous enough but easily done with modest fitness

By walkingman on 2015-04-04 18:27:22

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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View from Bamford Edge towards Win Hill
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