Padley Gorge, Burbage Valley & Stanage Edge day walk
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Join Skip and Ade for this classic Peak District high moorland walk.
Starting off from the Grindleford Station Café, we head up Padley Gorge along Burbage Brook and across onto Hathersage Moor. Hathersage Moor and the Burbage Valley is surrounded by the long, exposed gritstone of Burbage Rocks on one side and the two peaks of Higger Tor and the pre-historic hill fort of Carl Wark on the other.
Depending on weather we may head out along the impressive Stanage Edge. After taking a break for lunch in a peaceful spot with a sweeping view of this stunning valley, we make our way back to Grindleford via the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate.
Longshaw was the hunting lodge built in the 1830s for the Duke of Rutland to entertain parties of visitors as they bagged their grouse from the nearby moorland.
What to bring
Wrap up warm and bring a windproof, waterproof jacket. Although the paths on the hills themselves are well-trodden and maintained, it can be a little wet and muddy underfoot after rain, so you'll need decent boots.
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. You should make sure that your boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: The need for good walking socks are often ignored by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks. Good walking socks are essential in regard to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters. Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged, which will in turn blister your feet.
Gaiters: Gaiters attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping feet dry.
Walking Trousers: Walking trousers should be windproof and made of a rip stop material that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth. Ideally, they should also be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet. Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall. You should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen to let sweat escape from the body. This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton t-shirt would suffice.
Mid Layer: A mid-layer goes on top of the base layer and ideally should be made from a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby jersey style thick shirt. The layering system is important as it allows walkers quickly to adapt to changes in the weather, as well as body temperature.
Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. You should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and a warm drink