Longshaw - Stanage - Bamford - Hathersage Church - Longshaw

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This walk is split between moorland and green field-walking, with one section along concessionary paths across private grouse moor. This section is closed to the public during the grouse shooting season from 12th August for a couple of weeks. Cyclists and horses are not allowed on this section of moor, with a possible fine of around £100! There is no problem for walkers keeping to the paths above the rock-faces. The path off the moor is not easy to spot; often you will pass the start of the path before realising it is there, though the slab paving at the top gives it away.

Most paths are fairly easy to find and stiles were present on walking for photographs, though a section on Hathersage Moor on the return is open to creative interpretation as the OS map line is overgrown with heather. There are other, clearer tracks just right of the OS line, which may cause less disturbance to groundnesting birds in season.

The pub used on this walk, The Angler's Rest, is one of two pubs in Bamford. The other, Ye Derwent, is a little too plush for me and I have never felt happy about leaving boots outside here. The Angler's Rest is not as popular or plush as it once was, however they offer good-value food and have reasonable prices. There is little provision outside for eating your own food, except for a couple of bench tables in the car park area behind the pub to the right. Bamford also has a small store between the two pubs, which sells food and soft drinks.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Hills or Fells, Moor, National Trust, Pub, Toilets, Wildlife

A fabulous walk with so much variety. Navigation was generally easy although we made a few minor wrong turns and some stiles are now hand gates. Don't rely on eating in Bamford, The Derwent has closed down completely and The Anglers Rest no longer serves any food. We managed to get a very average sandwich from the village shop. We made up for the lack of food on return and had a wonderful meal at The Fox House at Longshaw. Although we took some small detours in the wrong direction this walk is longer than stated. We walked 14.8 miles and climbed 2126 feet.

5/25/2009 - Phil Armstrong

This is probably 1 of our favourite walks - mostly easy going but last 2 miles steeper. So much to see - millstone edges, woodland, streams & valleys. Views are amazing. Excellent taste of the Peak District. Good paths - could be great winter walk (though boggy in parts). At point 49 hard to find clear path through heather so look out for Longshaw in distance & head that way. At point 50 (rather than go left on road) could go across road just to right via gate towards Padley Gorge - cross bridge (nearby to right) & walk up to Longshaw - lovely way to finish superb walk.

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