Stanage Edge is one of our favourite walks, it’s impossible to get lost and can be challenging in the wet and icy conditions so it’s a good one for pushing yourself just as far as you want to go. There is a limit of course because it’s only so long from one end to the other. Today it was our reluctance to get muddy at the north end of Stanage Edge that made us turn back rather than stamina, though we did add an extra few hundred meters by detouring to Stanage Pole on the way back to the car making our total walk just short of 10km.
We parked in the layby at the south end of Stanage Edge between the south trig point and Higgar Tor. The path from there takes you up over the rocks to the edge itself and then northward to the north trig point. We found some rocks a couple of hundred meters north of the trig pillar that afforded a little shelter from the bitter wind for a cup of coffee before heading back south. Going north from here at this time of year means navigating a very muddy path. Not that we generally mind getting out boots muddy, but it can be very slippery which makes it hard going. So, on the way back we branched off East to Stanage Pole then returned west to the path on Stanage Edge to return to the car.
The sun was about to set as we descended the edge so got some nice shots of the abandoned millstones and the edge, some of which you can see here.