Updated: Feb 21, 2019
Stanage Edge, which is situated north of Hathersage, has become popular over the years, due to its stunning views of the Dark Peak Moors and Hope Valley. This area of countryside is also well known for being featured within the 2005 film production of 'Pride and Prejudice', featuring Keira Knightley.
On Wednesday, I visited this area to take in and photograph the views. Stanage Edge intrigued me particularly because of the way that the rocks had fallen into various places and positions on the edge and the strong variety of colours within the landscape, from orange to green.
There are several car parks attached to Stanage Edge, including a car park situated at side of the Edge (which I found afterwards and would have meant no climbing). Upon arrival, I found a car park situated just in front and at the bottom of Stanage Edge. This particular car park was free, but you can donate money into a money box to help keep the area preserved. Due to being at the bottom of the edge, I had to climb to reach the top of the edge. There are several paths you can take to get to top, depending on how strong a walker you are. The climb took me about 15 minutes, with stops to see how the view changed as you moved closer to the edge.
Believe me, the climb to the top is worth it. You can see for miles from the top of Stanage Edge, even on a dull day. The day I climbed Stanage Edge, the weather was not particularly great, but you could still see some amazing views. Imagine what it would be like on a bright sunny day. You can honestly spend hours up there, as the edge must be a good mile long and the view is ever-changing.
I would definitely recommend wearing walking boots, a warm coat, gloves and a hat due to how windy it is at the top. Anyone with long hair, tie your hair up, otherwise it is in your face 85% of the time you are up there.
From Ashbourne, Derbyshire, it took me 45-50 minutes to reach Stanage Edge. The route was all country roads with stunning views and quirky villages throughout the drive.
I would highly recommend Stanage Edge to families, photographers, day trippers and anyone with a keen sense of adventure. Stanage Edge also allows dogs, so feel free to bring your canine friends along with you.
The images below are some of the photographs I took on my day trip to Stanage Edge.
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- Emma Errington