Stanage Edge, Hathersage

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Stanage Edge, or simply Stanage (from "stone edge") is a gritstone escarpment in the Peak District, England, famous as a location for climbing. It lies a couple of miles to the north of Hathersage, and the northern part of the edge forms the border between the High Peak of Derbyshire and Sheffield in South Yorkshire. Its highest point is High Neb at 458 metres (1,503 ft) above sea level. Areas of Stanage were quarried in the past to produce grindstones, and some can still be seen on the hillside—carved, but never removed.

A paved packhorse road ran along the top of the edge, and remains of it can be seen, as can remains of the Long Causeway, once thought to be a Roman road which works its way over the edge on its route from Templeborough to Brough-on-Noe, crossing Hallam Moor and passing Stanedge Pole (note the slightly different spelling), an ancient waymarker on the route to Sheffield. Some cairns along the top are even older, and there is a well-known cave in the cliff known as Robin Hood's Cave. More recent features include early 20th-century drinking basins, designed to collect pure rainwater for grouse to drink.

Stanage is a magnet for climbers and ramblers in addition to runners. The Fat Boys Stanage Struggle is a popular local fell race that starts in nearby Hathersage and rises to High Neb before returning to the village 500 feet below.
During the construction of the Rivelin tunnel a sighting tower was constructed on the edge to assist in surveying the route of the tunnel. All that remains of the tower is a heap of stones at Ordnance Survey grid reference SK226862.
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  • Came here once on DofE and returned to do some easy walking with parents last month. There are plenty of parking spaces in the region from Hathersage and closer up the Edge-down the main section of...  more »
  • There was a good size free car park and Stanage Edge was readily viewable from here. For those that want to walk the edge, it is a short steep walk of around 5-10 minutes up. We enjoyed walking the...  more »
  • Bit of a hike upto it, but we'll worth it. The view is amazing. Stunning. Where sturdy footwear. Very rocky and slippery.  more »
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  • Top notch climbing on the best gritstone edge. Also a great place to go walking in the Peak District.
  • Stanage Edge is a stunning location and very popular. I have not walked its entire length, but it's on my bucket list.
  • Absolutely amazing view. Brilliant for climbing and walking.
  • Free street parking, just follow the path up the hill. Easy to follow, 10 minutes, amazing view at the top.
  • The footpath from Cutthroat Bridge Layby to Stanage end is easy to moderate, at top you have a spectacular view from Stanage Edge

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