Here’s a real treat of a walk, it’s a short 2-mile route with one of the best views in the Peak District. You can’t go wrong with that!
Bamford Edge walk is a lovely route, it’s a short uphill hike at the start, then you walk towards the edge and are greeted with the most beautiful views of Ladybower Reservoir nestled between the hills.
Directly opposite Bamford Edge, you’ll also see across to another great lookout point, Win Hill. But the Bamford Edge walk wins for me as it’s shorter and the views are more stunning!
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk, route information, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Let me know in the comments what you think of the walk!
Bamford Edge from Bamford
Bamford Edge walk map
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Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 21547 83946
Car parking location: New Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0AD
This is a fairly narrow road so worth popping your wing mirrors in, also there’s only limited about of space near the start of the walk so you may need to park further up the road if it’s busy.
Nearest train station: Bamford train station (2 mile/3 km)
The train station is located on the south side of Bamford, which means the length of your walk would double by simply walking from the train station.
Facilities on the walk
There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Bamford; however, there are public toilets in Bamford, about 1 km away.
Alternatively, you could pop into the Anglers Rest, a community-owned pub, cafe and post office. It’s absolutely lovely in there, perfect to treat yourself to a good meal before or after your walk.
(Please note as, like all pubs in the UK, it’s currently closed but it would be great to support this pub once they are back open again.)
Other useful information
Bamford Edge can be a popular location at sunset. If you prefer quieter spots you can either visit on a weekday or alternatively, if you wake a little way down the edge you can find a few good spots to sit and enjoy the sunset.
I’d recommend taking a drink and snacks so you have an excuse to stay longer and take in all the scenery.
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
- BBC Weather for Bamford
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for Win Hill (nearest hill to Bamford Edge)
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map for this walk is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area)
You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, there are options to buy either standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!one month or yearly options with OS Online App. For one month, the prices start from £2.99 a month or the annual option is from £23.99.
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Bamford Edge walk route
Stage 1 – Bamford New Road to Bamford Edge
Distance: 0.9 miles/1.5 km
Grid reference SK 21547 83951
You start the walk from New Road, then it’s over the stile to get onto the footpath. There are two routes to the top, on the way up, take the more obvious path straight in front of you.
It’s a steep but short climb to the top, where you’ll reach a path that will take you all the way to the edge overlooking Ladybower Reservoir.
There are some huge flat rocks, known as Great Tor, it’s obvious when you’ve arrived because the view speaks for itself.
Take your time and enjoy the views, depending on how much time you have you can increase your walk by walking further down the edge.
Stage 2 – Bamford Edge to Bamford New Road
Distance: 0.9 mile/1.5 km
Grid reference SK 20732 85089
After you’ve taken all your photos and ready to head down.
Instead of returning on the same path, follow the route back keeping close to Bamford Edge on your right. This takes you on a slightly different path, closer to the edge.
The path curves round to the left and at this point you can then opt for a more gradually route down as the path starts to descend parallel to the road where you parked at the beginning.
Then before you know it you’re back at the start!
Do you have any more questions about the Bamford Edge walk? Ask me in the comments below.
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Need more help planning your Peak District trip?
More information on the Peak District, including transport options, where to stay + other useful resources.
Check out 7 YHAs in the Peak District and find the best walks direct from your accommodation.
Find out what maps you will need for your trip here.
Get my FREE beginner's hiking eBook. (Coming soon - request a copy here).
Visit my hiking recommendations page, (footwear, clothes + kit).
Or get in touch and I will help as best I can :).
Please note 'Peak District Walks' accepts no liability through any injuries or accidents that may result from walking this route. We always recommend you take a paper map and compass on your walk. Read more here.