The simple formula for a perfect day is spending time with family outdoors in good weather! Last Sunday treated us with clear skies and sun, so we headed to the Peak District National Park. This time we (to be honest, it was me) undertook a longish walk. Definitely, it was the maximum length with could do with an almost 10 months baby but it was worth it!
The walk or hike (I am still confused about which term to use) was full of scenic panoramic views of the surrounding valleys with a mixture of hills, peaks, and lakes. The walk also has probably the most popular photography spots.
Distance: 9.5km/ 5.9 miles
Time: 4.5 hours for three of us with plenty of breaks
Suitable with a pushchair? No. The sections of the route include hills, uneven surfaces, and grassy footpaths.
Parking: We started the walk from the Long Causeway Car Park (S33 OBW). The car park was small and full on our arrival. We parked at the side of the road. Parking was free.
Elevation: Maximum elevation of 443 meters
Features: Stanage edge, Bamford edge, Ladybower reservoir, panoramic views, Hope valley
Amenities: no toilets or food provider facilities
Stanage Edge & Bamford Edge Circular walk
As it is a circular walk you can start walking towards Stanage Edge or Bamford Edge. We started walking towards Stanage Edge. Bamford Edge is usually quite busy, so it is nice to start the walk with fewer people around.
1. Once you are parked and set to go, turn RIGHT at the end of the car park. You will see a sign saying “Welcome to Dennis Knoll” and a path leading towards Stanage Edge. On your right, you will have a small forest. This is the start of the walk.
2. After around 500 meters (0.3 miles) you will see a fence crossing ladder on your LEFT. Get to the other side of the fence and follow the path up towards the Stanage Edge.
The starting point
The fence ladder
Walking towards the Stanage Edge
3. Once you reached the Stanage Edge turn LEFT, so the rocks cliffs are on your right. After around 800 meters you will see a path on your RIGHT between rocks that will lead you to the top of the Stanage Edge. You can continue walking at the bottom of the edge or follow that path to walk on the top of the rocks. Views are better on the top!
View from the top of Stanage Edge
4. After another 500 meters you can, you will see a path to descend and follow the path away from the Stanage Edge. At the end of the path and another 500 meters or so turn LEFT towards a small bridge. You may hear gushing water although the stream was hidden behind vegetation.
Small stream hidden below vegetation
5. From here keep to your right and follow the path up towards the Bamford Edge. Once on the Bamford Edge you will see the Ladybower reservoir. This section of the walk is very popular with walkers, so it gets very busy, especially in good weather. No surprise, as the views of the Hope Valley and the Ladybower reservoir are splendid!
6. Follow around the Bamford Edge and down towards the main road. The last section of the walk follows a road until you return to the car park.
Coming up to the Bamford Edge
Stunning views of the Ladybower reservoir
The walk is nearly done!
We did the route in 4.5 hours but we need extra breaks as we were hiking with Matas. The walk at a regular pace can be done in 3 hours. After the walk, we drove to Bamford village to get lunch at a local pub. Also, on the way home, we stopped by the Ladybower reservoir, the Peak District’s largest expanse of water. There is a public path for elevated views of the dam accessible to all.
Path at the top of the dam