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7 Reasons You Should Visit Bamford Edge in the Peak District

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So you are planning a trip to the Peak District? Or perhaps you are a local looking for a new walk to embark on? Either way, I can wholeheartedly recommend a lil’ walk up to Bamford Edge.

But what makes Bamford Edge warrant a visit over its more popular neighbours? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you today!

So get comfy, grab a cuppa and get ready to soak up Derbyshire’s finest views.

What is Bamford Edge?

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Bamford Edge is an overhang of gritstone rock that lies 1.5km north of the small village of Bamford in Derbyshire.

Overlooking Hope Valley and Ladybower Reservoir at an elevation of 1381 ft, Bamford Edge boasts unparalleled views across the Peak District.

How to Get to Bamford Edge

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Bamford Edge has numerous trails across it so there isn’t really one way to get there.

However, the easiest method is to park at either Heatherdene Car Park (S33 0BY) by Ladybower Reservoir or Long Causeway Car Park (S33 0BW) which sits at the foot of nearby Stanage Edge.

From both car parks, you must climb New Road by foot to join one of Bamford Edge’s trails but don’t worry, these walks are very short!

However, if you do not drive, visiting Bamford Edge is also possible via train.

Take the eighteen-minute uphill walk from Bamford train station to The Anglers Rest community-owned pub (which, for the record, serves quality burgers!).

Stop for a quick pint pit stop, before turning right along The Clough towards New Road, where after around fifteen minutes you will find the route to go up the hill.

7 Reasons You Should Visit Bamford Edge

1. It is a quick and easy walk

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If either you don’t have much time on your hands or you’re just not cracked up for a long hike, Bamford Edge is your best port of call.

By the time you’ve walked up New Road, you are basically all the way up to the edge.

Only a short, sharp tenminute walk and you’re on top of the moor! 

Immediately, and for very little effort, you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views across the whole of Hope Valley.

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At this point, the flat path on Bamford Edge splits into a few different routes for you to meander down.

Follow the path left for only around fifteen minutes for some ah-may-zing views of Ladybower Reservoir that make the walk totally worth it.

2. It boasts the best views of Ladybower Reservoir

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Speaking of which… not bad, huh? By far the best views that Bamford Edge boasts are those across to the reservoir where you’ll see Snake Pass crossing over the lake.

Surrounded by the lushest woods and green rolling hills, it makes for quite the picture-postcard image.

While many more tourists flock to the nearby, grander Stanage Edge, you won’t find any of these views there.

So sit back on the rocks and drink in the views of Ladybower Reservoir.

You deserve it after your, uhh, *checks watch*, half-hour walk…

3. It’s a great spot for rock climbing

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Like many of the Peak District gritstone rock edges, Bamford Edge is very popular with rock climbers.

In fact, the majority of the people we saw out on our walk were rock climbers.

The rock is an excellent quality gritstone with the pebbles forming crucial holds on some of the hardest climbs.

This makes Bamford Edge not only ideal for rock climbers but also for geologists. 

Bamford Edge provides a setting for good climbs of all grades, from about 8 to 13m high.

And the best part is that, unlike Stanage Edge, it’s seldom busy, so you’ll have all the rocks to yourself!

Top tip: wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting damaged because gritstone can be quite abrasive.

4. And paragliding too!

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As we made our ascent up Bamford Edge, we spotted paragliders floating around in the distance.

Having paraglided less than two months prior, I was dreaming of being back up in the skies, soaking up the views of the reservoir below.

Instead, I’ll just have to settle on getting by on foot, admiring the paragliders from below…

5. There are some great photo opportunities

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“Pics or it didn’t happen”. Yeah, yeah, I know, but just LOOK at how cool these photos are!

If you’re not afraid of heights, there are plenty of opportunities to take some amazing photos that will make you look way cooler than you actually are. Just be careful about high winds, yeah?

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However, even if you are not willing to live life on the edge (pun totally intended), Bamford Edge offers gorgeous panoramic views over Hope Valley.

And believe me, they look amazing on camera.

Look out for Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and Bleaklow further behind the already picturesque Win Hill and Ladybower Reservoir!

Then just wait for the likes to start rolling in…

6. It’s one of the Peak District’s quietest walks

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If you haven’t already got bored senseless of me rabbiting on about how quiet Bamford Edge is, then I’m just gonna say it again. BAMFORD EDGE IS QUIET AF. Okay, got that one out of my system.

Despite its prominence between Stanage Edge and Derwent Valley, Bamford Edge is really oddly overlooked. 

Although we visited on a sunny summer Saturday, we barely encountered any people there.

I don’t understand how this place wasn’t teeming with walkers but I’m not complaining whatsoever.

So if you like peace and quiet on your walks, Bamford Edge is your best bet. You can have the views alllllll to yourself!

7. And yet it is so close to Stanage Edge!

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Perhaps one of the best things about Bamford Edge is its close proximity to the more popular Stanage Edge. So why not double up on your walks and make a whole day trip out of it?

While I personally believe the views aren’t quite as impressive at Stanage Edge, it is still popular for good reason.

Most well-known for being a great rock climbing location, Stanage is a gritstone escarpment, tucked just behind Bamford Edge.

The northern part of the edge forms the border between the High Peak of Derbyshire and Sheffield in South Yorkshire, with the highest point, High Neb, standing at 1,503 ft above sea level.

Stanage stretches for approximately four miles and even featured in the 2005 film ‘Pride & Prejudice’ starring Keira Knightley.

As you can see, we visited Stanage Edge on a different day when the weather wasn’t quite as nice, but it’s more than easily doable in one day!

You can either drive between each car park or walk it as they are only 1km apart.

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If you plan on walking, be sure to wear waterproof footwear as you cross Bamford Moor, a pathless and very boggy moor that is sure to wreck your shoes.

 

So have I persuaded you to visit Bamford Edge? Even if my words didn’t do it, I’m sure the photos gave it a good go!

I couldn’t recommend a walk up to this beautiful viewpoint more if I tried. The Peak District really is that pretty, huh?

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  1. Reply

    Still on my list of walks to do in the Peak District. I live in the NW so have done lots of the western Peak District walks, but little out to the east. Some day I’ll get there, lol….

    • Charlotte
    • Sunday, 15th November 2020
    Reply

    The car park at long causeway is not S33 0BW the sat nav takes you to a dead end road at the water works where some very rude people who are fed up of lost travellers live. Please correct your information

    • Jane
    • Tuesday, 17th November 2020
    Reply

    FYI, if you are looking for a quiet walk in the Peak, this is no longer one of them thanks to articles such as yours. Perhaps you should write one professing how lovely your local vicinity is and await for the hoards to descend, you’ll love it when there is litter everywhere and people trying to park in your garden…..

    • JB
    • Tuesday, 17th November 2020
    Reply

    Completely agree with the above comment absolute nightmare, I emphasise that people should enjoy the countryside but picked black sack of rubbish on New Road yesterday and this evening another rescue with helicopter involved, so sad if people come in correct gear, don’t litter and park sensibly Inhave no issue

    • Martin
    • Tuesday, 17th November 2020
    Reply

    You shouldn’t climb on drystone walls, especially those which have already had some of their top stones knocked off.

    • Helen
    • Sunday, 7th February 2021
    Reply

    It would be great if you amended your post. Please remind people who visit to respect the countryside – take your litter home, stay on the path, and park responsibly. Unfortunately there are there is increasing amount of litter up on Bamford edge, hazardous to wildlife and a mess. Mountain bikes aren’t meant to be up there either.

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