Grindleford to Ladybower

Stanage Edge
Abandoned mill stones below Stanage Edge, a 3.5 mile long gritstone escarpment.


This stage heads north from Grindleford Station climbing through the woods on Bole Hill above Padley Gorge. A short stretch of moorland leads to a crossing of the A6187 at Surprise View, where a panoramic vista of Hathersage and the Derwent Valley is revealed. This was a mill stone quarrying and manufacturing area. Look out for stones alongside the path, abandoned when supposedly superior French mill stones started being imported in the 18th Century. The route follows the edge of Hathersage Moor, passing Over Owler Tor and Higger Tor, before crossing two roads to reach the trig point at the southern end of Stanage Edge. After following the edge for just over a mile, you will descend its face via Long Causeway, a former Roman road. An interesting traverse of open access moorland is used to gain access to footpaths around another Bole Hill. The final section of the walk traverses Bamford Edge, which has spectacular views down onto Ladybower Reservoir, before descending steeply via a permissive path to reach the car park at Heatherdene. If you are in need of a drink, the Yorkshire Bridge Inn and Ladybower Inn are a short distance along the road in each direction. There is a very infrequent direct bus to Grindleford, otherwise you will need to change.

Route details on OS Maps


  • Length: 9 miles (14.5 km)
  • Ascent: 1637 feet (499 m)
  • Lowest Point: 547 feet (167 m)
  • Highest Point: 1480 feet (451 m)
  • Approximate walking time (excluding stops): 4 hours
  • Refreshments: Grindleford, Yorkshire Bridge, Ladybower
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