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A circular walk from Hathersage, taking in the beautiful countryside of the Peak District and a walk along the striking and dramatic Stanage Edge. It is about 7.5 miles with a few long, steady and gradual climbs but these are well worth the effort for the spectacular views. In addition, there’ll be chance for a swim in Hathersage’s open air pool. 

This is a moderate to difficult walk and although there are well-defined paths and tracks and a few stiles – the paths can be rocky so strong footwear is recommended. There is a toilet about a third of the way into the walk, otherwise its bushes! The Edge is exposed and high so I suggest warm clothing (layers) even if you think its a warm day, it can be chilly/windy on the Edge and waterproofs incase of rain. There is usually an ice-cream van half-way round the walk serving ice-cream and soft drinks. Towards the end of the walk and if there’s time, we’ll aim to stop at St Michael and All Angels Church (see Little John’s grave) for tea/cakes which is open till 5pm! Otherwise there are no pubs/cafes enroute so best to come fully prepared with lunch/snacks/drinks etc. 

Meet at 12pm – the walk should take us between 4 – 5 hours depending on pace etc. So please try to get there on time so that we can set off promptly. 

Meeting point: Hathersage car park on Oddfellows Road in the centre of Hathersage – it is opposite Hathersage swimming pool (postcode S32 1DU). Oddfellows Road is just off Station Road which is the B1006. Its a busy car park and there is a charge of £5.50 for all day – you can pay by cash or card. It’s expensive so best to car share where possible. Alternatively, there may be some limited free on-street parking nearby or at the train station (which is about 5 mins walk from the pool). There is a lovely cafe at the swimming pool if you arrive early – I’m sure you can get some breakfast to set you up for the walk!

Train: There is a train service from Manchester Piccadilly to Hathersage (9.22am and 10.40am; the journey takes just under an hour; return trains are at 4.33pm, 5.33pm and 6.34pm. Return off peak fare is £11.40). National Rail Enquiries

Fancy a swim? I’m planning to get there at 10.30am for a swim in the open-air pool! Its heated to 28 degrees! Entry is £6.50 or £5.00 for over 65s and disabled people. If you fancy joining me – it will be good to see you – just let me know – or see you in the pool! Bring your budgie smugglers! 

This is a really scenic walk and well worth the effort – so I hope to see you there. Any problems or questions please send an email or phone me on 07929 829 284. 




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