Start – A57 layby SK216874, Distance – 14km, Ascent – 460m, Time – 4hrs 20mins plus stops.
A really nice walk along the less-frequented end of Stanage Edge and the even quieter Bamford Edge. The start is a bit scruffy, with a walk up the less-than-appealing A57. From the start in the layby, you can scramble your way up onto the moorland behind, but you’ll inevitably end up on the main road at some point. Still, it’s a small price to pay for the airy walking to be had along the two edges, and even the minor road that links the two is quiet and well elevated. The views from Bamford edge are particularly nice down into Bamford and across Ladybower Reservoir. A very pleasant surprise, this one.

Great Tor on Bamford Edge, with Ladybower Reservoir just in shot. For a summer Saturday, this area was virtually deserted, the only other people being a few climbers and boulderers, if that’s the correct plural for people who go bouldering

Win Hill seen from Bamford Edge. The views from Stanage Edge are good, although they tend to be distant views. The views for Bamford Edge are probably better, particularly the near views, which tend to be more impressive and photogenic.

Another view of Great Tor towards Ladybower. You can understand why this edge attracts climbers, being a lot quieter than the circus of Stanage but still with a relatively short walk-in.

A really nice walk along the less-frequented end of Stanage Edge and the even quieter Bamford Edge. The start is a bit scruffy, with a walk up the less-than-appealing A57. From the start in the layby, you can scramble your way up onto the moorland behind, but you’ll inevitably end up on the main road at some point. Still, it’s a small price to pay for the airy walking to be had along the two edges, and even the minor road that links the two is quiet and well elevated. The views from Bamford edge are particularly nice down into Bamford and across Ladybower Reservoir. A very pleasant surprise, this one.

The view south along Bamford Edge