Stanage Edge, Peak District, Derbyshire S33 1BR
Stanage Edge (or just Stanage as those in the know will have it) is a remarkable gritstone escarpment in the Peak District, about four miles long and 458m at its highest point, much beloved by rock climbers who come from all over the country to pit their skills against the many unyielding routes.
Areas of Stanage were quarried from the 15th century and produced grindstones for grinding barley some of which can still be seen on the hillside.
Walking around Stanage is never less than atmospheric, and stumbling across these magnificent reminders of the industrial past - that's history, that is, right there, in front of you. Stanage isn't just for climbers though, there are plenty of walks to be had to suit all ages and abilities but all with stunning views; from the top the vista is endless, and will take your breath away. A walk along the edge is straightforward but exposed, making conditions difficult throughout the year as it's often battered by several kinds of weather. There are a number of popular walks including routes along the remains of a Roman Road and towards Redmires Reservoir to the east as well as longer walks such as those including the nearby Longshaw Estate.