WALX Activity: Sunday Explorer WALX -Stanage Edge + Derwent Edge from Thornhill Carrs

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Pace: High

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Intensity: Moderate

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Gradient: Moderate

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Explorer WALX (no discount)

Price: £27.50

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Main Instructor:

WALX Derwent and Dales

Hosted By:

Sam Armstrong

Walk Description:

From Thornhill Carrs you’ll head out to the village of Bamford and up to Stanage Edge where you can bag a trig and enjoy the views from the edge as you walk along.

Then it’s down and on towards Derwent Edge via farmland before reaching the top of the edge and heading up to the iconic gritstone rocks known as the ‘Wheelstones’. This is a small out and back but there are great views from here and they are pretty cool to explore, or stop for a snack.

Once you’ve skirted around the footpath along Derwent Edge, enjoying the views of Ladybower Reservoir you’ll head down and walk alongside the reservoir. Then it’s over Ladybower Dam where you’ll see the giant plugholes! These don’t overflow very often but you might get lucky as you walk past them (perhaps not at this time of year though!)

The last part of the walk is along the Thornhill Trail nature reserve all the way back to the car park. 

Distance: 14 miles/21.9 km

Walk time: 7.5 hours

Total ascent: 712 m/2,335 ft

Highest point: 481 m/1,578 ft

Walk highlights: Stanage Edge, Derwent Edge, The Wheel Stones, Ladybower Reservoir and plug hole! 

Trigs: 1 – High Neb (Stanage Edge)

Ethels: 1 – High Neb (Stanage Edge)

Stiles: 10

Bring a drink and snacks and a picnic.

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and extra layers if required. 

The route described may vary according to on the day to participants level of ability, progress and weather conditions. the location may also vary on the day due to weather conditions. Please be aware that the terrain has steep sections, hilly, rocky and boggy in places.

Participants must be fit and able to complete a full day out on the hills and be comfortable walking all day with small breaks. Please note the total ascent on walk listings. 

Please do not book on for a WALX if you think you may have symptoms, or do have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms. 

You are asked to contact your WALX Guide by phone, leaving a voicemail or sending an SMS text to the number listed below, if you are likely to be delayed.

Please be aware that we do operate a no refund policy for these full-day walks. If the weather is inclement for the chosen walk we will look at re-routing for a lower level one.