Stanage Edge Circular - Day Walk
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Stanage Edge is a remarkable rock face that extends like a wall from a sci-fi movie across the moorlands of the Peak District. It also attracts loads of rock climbers and walkers making it a really interesting hike.
We will start from Hathersage town and meet outside Coleman’s Deli, 5 Main Rd, Hathersage – this is set back a little from the road (next to Maazi Indian). If you arrive early grab a coffee and cake!
Then we’ll head out of town across the beautiful countryside towards North Lees Hall, before climbing up through a wood and rambling stream – then taking Jacob’s Ladder which meanders and climbs to the top of Stanage crags.
From the summit we’ll take in several trig points, walk along the edge and take in the marvellous views. Then we'll head along the gritstone escarpment taking in hopefully an ice-cream and ascend Higger Tor before making our way back to Hathersage in time for a refreshing pint.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch and at least 2 litres of water.