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Stanage Pole to Ringinglow

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Stanage Pole to Ringinglow
Author: throssa, Published: 06 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Stanage Pole to Ringinglow Walking Guide star1 Stanage Pole to Ringinglow Walking Guide star1 Stanage Pole to Ringinglow Walking Guide star1 Stanage Pole to Ringinglow Walking Guide star0 Stanage Pole to Ringinglow Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Ringinglow
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Stanage Pole to Ringinglow
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Stanage Pole to Ringinglow Walking Guide boot Stanage Pole to Ringinglow Walking Guide boot Stanage Pole to Ringinglow Walking Guide
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A 6 mile linear walk (ideally using two cars) in Derbyshire from Upper Burbage Car Park, along Stanage Edge to Stanage Pole and back to Ringinglow via the reservoirs. There is a spectacular 360 degree panorama from most of the walk, views into the Hope Valley, Sheffield and beyond. A walk along the top of the Stanage Edge and then overseeing the Remires Reservoirs. You can extend the route by going to the reservoirs or make it a circular route (of 8 miles) to walk back to the car park. It is designed to end at The Norfolk Arms for a lunch stop. Afterwards you could get a lift back to the car (if you are using two cars), 1.8 miles away, or if you walk this last stretch instead at a brisk pace it takes an extra 30 minutes.

The route has several climbs and descents throughout. Whilst some sections of path are paved, the unmade peat stretches can be very wet after periods of rain or in winter. You will need to negotiate several gates and stiles (including fence stiles, wall stiles and a ladder stile). You will be sharing some of the paths with livestock. Allow 3 hours for the linear walk or 3.5 hours if you are walking the final stretch back to the car.

Upper Burbage car park is located on Ringinglow Road between Hathersage and Sheffield.
The post code S32 1BB will take you to Hathersage. From Hathersage, drive through the village and past the last pub on the tight bend. Take the next left and continue over the brow of the hill. As you descend you will see a car park on your right, park there (this is about 3 miles from Hathersage). If you have gone across the stone bridge at the top of Upper Burbage then you have just missed it.
From Sheffield drive out on the Ringinglow Road past the Norfolk Arms (post code S11 7TS) - drop a car off there if you can, it saves a walk after being fed and watered - and on over the hill until you dip towards Upper Burbage Bridge and the car park on your left.

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Walk Sections

Start to Stanage Edge
Start to Stanage Edge

Start point: 53.3433 lat, -1.6107 long
End point: 53.3442 lat, -1.6227 long

Facing up the hill at the car park, cross the road at the corner and follow the path to Stanage Edge. You can see the edge in the distance, so make your way there. This path is obvious and marked initially by a red-brown stone on its side at the beginning of the path. The path is well-maintained and plenty of it is made of stone to avoid the peat dampness of the moor.

Stanage Edge to Turn for Pole
Stanage Edge to Turn for Pole

Start point: 53.3442 lat, -1.6227 long
End point: 53.3551 lat, -1.6403 long

From visiting the trig point, make your way along the wide path and you can choose your surface; grass, peat or stone. As you walk further along, the path narrows slightly and there is a wall to your left. Eventually you will arrive at a fence to the edge; go through and turn immediately right - the first bit of wet ground I came across - and it was short lived.

Turn for Pole to Stanage Pole
Turn for Pole to Stanage Pole

Start point: 53.3551 lat, -1.6403 long
End point: 53.3561 lat, -1.6307 long

Make your way to the stone pavement and on to the track to Stanage Pole. A wooden pole has stood here for hundreds of years marking the border between Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, Hathersage and Sheffield, and probably the ancient kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria. It is on an ancient packhorse route known as the Long Causeway and must have been a useful landmark for travellers over the years. It’s still important today as a focus for walkers and cyclists.

Stanage Pole to Redmires Reservoir Turning
Stanage Pole to Redmires Reservoir Turning

Start point: 53.3561 lat, -1.6307 long
End point: 53.3624 lat, -1.6161 long

You are now starting the descent to the reservoirs (and Sheffield's version of looking after pathways). There is a distinct difference from the moment you go through the gate. Follow the track down past the deforested plantation to the metal gate at the bottom. In the next section choose your path carefully (as I found out -ignore the OS map!)...

Redmires Reservoir Turning to Rudd Hill
Redmires Reservoir Turning to Rudd Hill

Start point: 53.3624 lat, -1.6161 long
End point: 53.3572 lat, -1.5926 long

Do NOT go through the stile pictured, instead go through the Yorkshire Water Reservoirs entrance. (I should have realised that the stile was not going to be the correct route when there was a decaying body of a bird below the stile with its bones exposed!). The next section is a good path, go over the bridge and continue until you reach a stile on your right with a waymark arrow for a Sheffield Permitted Pathway. Take that route. From here on, the route is less well-defined. There are poles with waymark arrows along the whole stretch, but these are not always easily seen and the route would be harder work in the wet due to the peat and little constructed pathway. Pick your route for dryness remembering that although you are going up the hill you are mainly contouring round it rather than a direct assault. The App's live GPS map will be a good guide here.

Rudd Hill to Brown Edge Farm
Rudd Hill to Brown Edge Farm

Start point: 53.3572 lat, -1.5926 long
End point: 53.3571 lat, -1.5833 long

As you reach the top of the hill (Rudd Hill) you will see the gate sequence and the waymark arrows to point you in the right direction. Stay towards the wall as you start to descend - these paths are obviously not regularly walked. Don't forget to look at the stunning views. The ladder stile at the bottom takes you over the wall onto the road. Turn right.

Brown Edge Farm to Porter Clough
Brown Edge Farm to Porter Clough

Start point: 53.3571 lat, -1.5833 long
End point: 53.3533 lat, -1.5741 long

At the sign, take the drive to the farm and walk straight through the farm and to a metal gate by an overgrown roadway, banked by stone walls on either side. Walk along this and up to the next gate. Climb over the stile and turn left. You have a variety of route options; I kept close to the wall and followed it down, I suspect if you went straight on for a hundred yards you would find a better path travelling to your left. Follow it down, crossing the stiles as you come to them along the Sheffield Permitted Pathway waymarked route to the final stone stile to the road; the top of Greenhouse Lane by the bench.

Porter Clough to Round House
Porter Clough to Round House

Start point: 53.3533 lat, -1.5741 long
End point: 53.3497 lat, -1.5647 long

Follow the road to the right contouring the hill after a short descent. If you want to go off the road you can dip into the top of Porter Clough, but don't forget to contour and not go down the valley. This option only takes you off the road for a few hundred yards and there is a path to the left by the road a few hundred yards later. Go to the end of the road where you will see the distinctive Round House (not round). Turn left here.

Round House to End
Round House to End

Start point: 53.3497 lat, -1.5647 long
End point: 53.3497 lat, -1.5644 long

You are now within smelling distance of drink and food. The Norfolk Arms is on your left as you turn towards Sheffield. Go and have some food, warmth, drink... they welcome walkers and dogs and have a good range of food. If you were wise you had someone leave a car here to take the other driver back to the start (1.8 miles away), otherwise it is a 30 minute romp along the roadside. Hope you enjoyed it.

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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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