walking | Stanage Edge
What and where is Stanage Edge?
Stanage Edge, or simply Stanage (from "stone edge") is a gritstone escarpment in the Peak District, England, famous as a location for climbing. The northern part of the edge forms the border between the High Peak of Derbyshire and Sheffield in South Yorkshire.
This walk is a simple ascent up to the top of the edge, around and then down back through the valley into Hathersage. We did this route in winter during some pretty deep snow, and it was quite manageable.
Remember to stick to The Rules and have fun!
Get this route
Download our route and follow this yourself from either OS Maps or ViewRanger. OS Maps requires a subscription, which luckily you can get 10% off with Northern Stroll on any 12 month subscription. Check out our blog post for the code.
ViewRanger is free and much like OS Maps doesn't require any data to work. All you need is a GPS signal, especially if you have downloaded your maps beforehand. It also has OS Maps available as a layer inside the app.
Don't have ViewRanger on your phone yet? See our guide, or download it in your app store.
Starting in Hathersage car park (opposite the memorial hall, it isn't on Google Maps as a search result it turns out) leave the car park turning left and head up Oddfellows Road. Follow the road to the right and take a turning left up Mayfield Terrace, out onto the main road and into School Lane. Skirt round the church keeping it on your left, then head into the woods. The rest is easy.
A walk through the woods will bring you out onto the hillside, then head up, find the road and turn left to be brought up to the Edge.
The rest of the route is a clear downhill as you cross the edge, following clearly marked paths all the way back down into the village.
Key things to know:
Time: About 3 hours
Distance: 6.34 miles
Elevation: 1,096 feet
How to get here:
Postcode: S32 1DU for your start point.
Parking at Hathersage car park is available and a great place to start from. Use the Google Maps marker here or just search for it in your favourite search engine.