Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge, Derwent Edge from Ladybower Reservoir | 12-Mile Route

Bamford Edge

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A walk including three of the awesome Peak District edges, each with their own fantastic views.

This route begins from Heatherdene car park near Ladybower Reservoir, you first have the beautiful Bamford Edge to hike up, then it’s on to Stanage Edge and finally you get to explore the far side of Derwent Edge before heading back down for maybe some refreshments at one of the two pubs nearby.

Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Ladybower Reservoir, plus options for parking, route information, map, GPX file, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve walked any of these Peak District edges and what you think!

Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge, Derwent Edge from Ladybower Reservoir

Wheel Stones gritstone rocks on Derwent Edge
The ‘Wheel Stones’ on Derwent Edge

Walk information

Walk type: Medium/long circular walk

Distance: 11.6 miles/18.6 km

Walk time: 6-7 hours

Total ascent: 678 m/2,224 ft

Highest point: 481 m/1,578 ft

Walk highlights: Bamford Edge with views of Win Hill, Stanage Edge with a trig, Derwent Edge, The Wheel Stones and views of Ladybower Reservoir.

Trigs: 1 – High Neb (Stanage Edge)

Ethels: 1 – High Neb (Stanage Edge)

Stiles: 5

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Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge + Derwent Edge walk map

Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge + Derwent Edge walk map
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Walk start point

Start grid reference: SK 202 859

The walk starts from the pay and display car park (£3 to park all day – cash only) at Ladybower Reservoir, which is medium/large size car park. Or alternatively you can start at Dennis Knoll car park, a small free car park with no facilities, this is further along the route.

Heatherdene car park, Ladybower Reservoir, Hope Valley, S33 0BY Google location 

Heatherdene car park
Heatherdene car park at Ladybower Reservoir

Option 2 – Dennis Knoll car park, Long Causeway, Bamford, Derbyshire, S32 1BQ- Google location (Located on Stage 2 route instructions).

Facilities on the walk

There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Heatherdene car park near Ladybower Reservoir. 

There are two pubs that near the end on the route (one just before and one just after) – The Ladybower Inn and The Yorkshire Bridge.

Ladybower Inn pub
Ladybower Inn pub

Other useful information

Bamford Edge can be a popular place to visit so it’s worth starting your walk early so you can enjoy the views to yourself (if you prefer having places to yourlself).

Also the section after the road crossing from Stanage Edge can be very muddy and boggy in places, this is only a short part of the walk but worth wearing waterproof footwear.

Please keep the Peak District beautiful and respect everyone who uses the park. Take ALL your rubbish home to dispose of and remember close gates (as you found them). Thank you so much.

Would you know what to do in an emergency situation?

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We have a guide with what to do, who you need to call and also some useful kit that should be in your backpack. Ask us any questions in the comments or via our social media.

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Peak District weather

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Ordnance Survey walk map

The map for this walk is the Ordnance Survey OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area). Check prices here with Ordnance Survey or Amazon. If you’re hiking in all weathers the Active OS maps are good to have.

View both Peak District map options here.

And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition or the Silva Classic compass.

For online maps, I recommend OS Online App (I have been using for 4+ years and worth getting if you want to start walking more). Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App. All the walks on the website are created using OS Online + you can download them to the App. 

See both maps that cover the Peak District here.

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Bamford Edge is a stunning viewpoint in the Peak District.

Our patch captures the view from Bamford Edge looking towards Ladybower Reservoir. Pre-order now to receive your own patch when they are in stock.


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Bamford Edge, Stanage Edge + Derwent Edge route

Stage 1 – Ladybower Reservoir to Bamford Edge

Distance: 1.6 miles/2.6 km

Grid reference SK 202 859

From Heatherdene car park walk towards the toilet block to the right of the main parking area. Go down the wide path (photo below) that runs parallel to the road which is beneath through the trees. At the path junction, turn left here, heading away from Ladybower Reservoir. Walk straight uphill through the woods.

Footpath leading from Heathedene car park

Continue uphill, across a small wooden bridge then over a wooden stile over a fence next to a stone wall. Walk alongside the wall continuing to head uphill, you’ll go through some trees then through a gap in the wall. Finally you’ll reach a path towards the top, turn right here and follow this all the way along for about 1 km until you reach Bamford Edge.

Rocky outcrop and Bamford Edge
Views of Win Hill from Bamford Edge

Stage 2 – Bamford Edge to Stanage Edge (High Neb)

Distance: 3.5 miles/5.7 km

Grid reference SK 2073 8495

Once you’ve explored the area around Bamford Edge continue in the same direction, following the footpath as it bears round to the left and alongside the edge heading southeast, then take the path heading downhill towards New Road, where you’ll go over a stile to the road.

Turn left and now follow the road all the way to a cattle grid (photo below) that leads to Dennis Knoll car park (option to start the walk here if you’re driving).

Cattle grid
Cattle grid leading into Dennis Knoll car park

Walk straight ahead, skirting round the green barrier. Follow this path as it bends around to the right and heads uphill towards Stanage Edge.

At the top of Stanage Edge take the rocky footpath heading left and walk along here where the path begins to widen. You’ll go over a wooden step stile and stay on Stanage Edge, the path can be muddy and wet in parts. After about 1.5 km you’ll reach High Neb trig point, also a Peak District Ethel, 458 m the highest point on Stanage Edge. 

Views along Stanage Edge
High Neb trig point on Stanage Edge

Stage 3 – Stanage Edge (High Neb) to Derwent Edge

Distance: 4 miles/6.5 km

Grid reference SK 2280 8534

From the trig point, after 1.5 km you reach the quarry area, take the path on the left picking up the Sheffield Country Walk. Go down the path, you’ll walk past the back of a green public footpath sign for Stanage Edge. Shortly after the sign, take the left hand path towards the road and go over a wooden stile.

Turn left and walk on the narrow grassy verge alongside the road, it’s the worst bit of the walk but it’s short. After 500 m, cross over and go down the side road on the right. Then turn left signposted ‘Public Footpath via Derwent Edge’.

Footpath heading towards Derwent Edge

Walk down the track past the house, then just before the metal barrier look for a wooden post on the left. Follow this rough footpath as crosses over the brook, you may need to jump to avoid wet feet!

At the path junction, make sure you’re on the right of the wall, walk round and you’ll see another green public footpath signpost. Turn left here and walk uphill via the track next to the wall heading under the pylons. Go over the wooden stile (or metal gate if it’s open). Walk up the track, it splits further up, stay on the right-hand track and keep heading up past a stone grouse butt. Then you’ll reach the main path for Derwent Edge.

An option is to turn right here and head up to the Wheelstones, about 500 m. These are fascinating to explore and make a great place to stop for a break.

Wheel Stones gritstone rocks on Derwent Edge
The ‘Wheel Stones’ on Derwent Edge

Stage 4 – Derwent Edge to Ladybower Reservoir

Distance: 2.3 miles/3.7 km

Grid reference SK 2016 8853

Once you’ve explored the Wheelstones on Derwent Edge head back down the path, at the cairn with the green public footpath signpost keep walking straight on, there are some beautiful views of Ladybower Reservoir from here. Follow the path round the edge where you’ll reach another path junction with several paths. 

Path junction towards the end of Derwent Edge

Keep walking straight on (path in centre of photo above), over the next hill Lead Hill and then follow the footpath as it takes you down a rocky path towards Ladybower Reservoir. At the path at the bottom turn left and continue down, through a wooden gate then to the end of the path which turns sharply right down to the road (there’s a steep short cut if you prefer). 

Rocky path and Ladybower Reservoir
Following the path down towards Ladybower Reservoir

When you reach the road, turn right, past the Ladybower Inn, then turn left and go across the bridge on the pavement alongside Ladybower Reservoir. Walk down the pavement until you reach the entrance for Heatherdene car park on your left and you’re back at the start!

Ask me any questions about this walk from Ladybower Reservoir in the comments below.

More walk information

Shorten the walk

There aren’t many options to shorten this route but you can skip the out and back to the Wheel Stones on Derwent Edge but this will save you 1 km in distance.

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