Stanage Edge and Carhead Rocks (3 miles/5 km)

If you only have a couple of hours spare, then come and try this route: it’s my new favourite Peak District short walk. Stanage Edge is famous for different things to different people. For rock climbers it’s a climbing mecca providing thousands of world-class routes for all abilities. For Pride and Prejudice fans  this is where Elizabeth is pictured standing atop of a rocky outcrop in the film. And, on this walk you’ll also get to walk by Robin Hood’s Cave, but there is more to this walk than Stanage Edge. Running parallel, and on lower ground is the little known gem of a footpath that skirts along the top of Carhead Rocks which affords wonderful views down into the Hope Valley. Got two hours spare? Then try this.

Stanage Edge & Carhead Rocks walk

Stanage Edge 5Km walk map

General Information

Start / Finish LocationHollin Bank Car Park, S32 1BR

Distance: 3 miles / 5 km

Height gain: 600ft / 188m

How tough? Easy walking! (Also a perfect fell run).

Local pubs we would recommend: The Scotsman’s Pack, Hathersage, S32 1BZ

Recommended kit list for UK hill walking

Personal experiences

Since January 2018 I have been a member of a local running club: the Sheffield Hash House Harriers. Each Monday night people take it in turns to set the course of the run that the rest of us will follow. And, as much as I have walked the paths and trails of the Peak District, as a member of this group, I am frequently introduced to new ones. And so it was, as we headed up the hill from Hathersage one evening, I found myself running along the tops of Carhead Rocks and wondering why on earth I had never been there before! It’s a little known route that makes best use of this designated access land. It’s a catch!