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
And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass
Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.
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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 and beyond to the beautiful Derwent Edge.
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.
Short walks in the Peak District
- 8 Beautiful Short Walks in the Peak District
- Robin Hood’s Stride | 4.5-Mile Route
- Middle Black Clough Waterfall Walk | 2-Mile Route
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