gritstoneedge.co.uk walking Podcasts

gritstoneedge.co.uk Podcasts.

The gritstone edge walking podcasts will introduce you to walking in the Peak District. This podcast is all about walking in the Peak District. Here you will find walks mainly in the Dark Peak area including Kinder, Bleaklow, Black Hill and the Eastern Edges.

  • Brown Knoll
  • Alport Castles
  • Monsal Dale and Magpie Mine
  • Chatsworth grounds and Edge
  • Millstone and Lawrencefiled Edges
  • Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow and White Edges
  • Winstone Lee Tor
  • Mill Hill and Featherbed Moss
  • Hallam & Burbage Moor
  • Birchen & Gardom's Edges
  • Mam Tor
  • High Stones
  • Black Hill
  • Bleaklow Summits
  • Across Kinder
  • The Magnificent Stanage Edge.
  • Ascent of Win Hill
  • Howden Moors from Derwent.

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Brown Knoll.

Brown Knoll.

Brown Knoll is a typical Peak District moorland top, flat wet and boggy. But there is a great walk over the top on Limestone slabs. This gives creat views over to Mam Tor, down the Edale valley and over to Kinder. This walk combines Brown Knoll with Lords Seat above Rushop Edge, Edale Cross and a descent via Jacobs Ladder.

Link to Brown Knoll route
Alport Castles.

Alport Castles.

Alport Castles are interesting and prominent peaks. The rock is standard gritstone but has an unstable look. The castles look like they are a consequence of a large land slide many millions of years ago. The best approach is from the top rather than ascending from the Alport valley. This route comes from the Derwent Valley to view Alport Castles from the top keeping well away from the A57.

Link to Alport Castles route
Monsal Dale and Magpie Mine.

Magpie Mine.

This is a walk through an interesting part of the White Peak. The walk starts at Ashford in the Water and climbs through the paths to the high fields. From here the route takes us towards Monsal Head, but just short the walk goes down the Monsal Dale weir. A walk down Monsal Dale in the trees is followed by a walk up Deep Dale which is more open. Then there is the climb back up to Sheldon village and onto Magpie Mine. This mine is in a good state and great to walk around. Then it is back down to Ashford.

Link to Monsal Dale and Magpie Mine route
Chatsworth Grounds and Edge.

Chatsworth Edge.

Chatsworth Edge is the southerly of the edges on the east of the Peak District. Not long in length and in the trees, Chatsworth is not one of the most popular edges with climbers. The edge lies on the Chatsworth estate and there are concessionary paths up from the house, to the top of the edge and back down through the fields. To achieve a circular walk this route starts at the Chatsworth Estate Car Park.

Link to Chatsworth Grounds and Edge walk. route
Millstone and Lawrencefield Edges.

Millstone Edge.

A short walk that works well in summer late afternoon / evening. Milstone, in particular, looks good in the late sun with the red tones of the rock being accentuated by the redenning sun. The route starts near to Surprise View with a walk up the moor to Mother Cap and Over Owler Tor to the top of Millstone Edge. Then below Millstone and onto Lawrencefield before continuing through the wood at Bole Hill. the final section walks up the river valley to reach the bridge at Padley Gorge, then back to the start.

Link to Millstone and Lawrencefield Edges walk. route
Frogatt, Curbar, Baslow and White Edges.

Derwent Valley from Curbar Edge.

A walk of contrasts. Froggatt, Curbar and Baslow are typical Gritstone Edges, with cliffs some 20m high over a length of 2-3 kms. These edges rise from the woodland below giving impressive views. In contrast White Edge is set in more bleak and open moorland with less impressive rocks but non the less some great views over the Peak District. This is one of the best walks in the Peak District.

Link to Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow and White Edges walk. route
Winstone Lee Tor.

Winstone Lee Tor.

Winstone Lee Tor is at the start, the southern end, of Derwent Edge. This walk leads the walker over the Derwent Moors before they reach the edge at the 'crossroads of paths'. A great view of Ladybower Reservoir breaks out. From here the walk continues up Derwent Edge for a while, to the Salt Cellar, and then returns down the edge to Winstone Lee Tor. After descending nearly to the valley the route takes the walker through Ladybower Wood and back to Cutthroat Bridge.

Link to Winstone Lee Tor route
Mill Hill and Featherbed Moss.

Summit of Mill Hill.

Mill Hill and Featherbed Moss are the high points of the rounded moors south of the A57 at Snake summit. These are paired with an interesting walk down the Ashop Clough and then a wlak back through Lady Clough plantation.

Link to Mill Hill route
Hallam & Burbage Moor.

Looking back over Hallam Moor to Rudd Hill.

Hallam and Burbage Moors are large tracts of typical Peak District moorland. The edges of the moor make for a good walk including, as it does, Stanage and Burbage edges. The views on the east of this walk are predominantly over to Sheffield; indicating the nearness of this city to open hillside.

Link to Hallam & Burbage route
Birchen & Gardom's Edges.

Nelson's monument on Birchen Edge.

The mix of rock and moor is shown off to it's full in this walk. The rocks of the edges cannot fail to impress and these are joined by some bogtrotting over Birchen Moor. Perhaps a walk left to the hot hazy days of a dry summer, or a clear frozen winter day.

Link to Birchen & Gardom's route
Mam Tor.

View of Mam Tor from Castleton Valley.

"The Great Ridge" is a name given to the Lose Hill, Back Tor, Mam Tor ridge that dominates the westerly part of the Hope Valley. This route climbs the ridge at the eastern edge and follows around the Castleton skyline going initially to Mam Tor and then down into Limestone country, through the fields, and finally down Cave Dale back to Castleton itself.

Link to Mam Tor route
High Stones.

High Stones Cairn.

This is the highest point in Sheffield, and indeed South Yorkshire. High Stones is the high point of Howden Edge. This is a remote moor but there are excellent pathsto the summit. The high moor between High Stones and Margery Hill to the north and especially to Back Tor to the south can be very wet but the paths chosen for this route avoid he worst of the bogs. The hill gives great views over Bleaklow and Kinder and east over most of South Yorkshire and beyond.

Link to High Stones route
Black Hill.

Black Hill - Soldiers Lump.

Black Hill has a reputation as a wet boggy hill and indeed in wet weather you can expect this, a typical Peak District Experience. Black Hill is on the Pennine Way and this path is much improved over the year's making this a pleasant walk especially in the summer. Once away from the Pennine Way the return ridge is often empty of people, no crowds just you in the hills. The ascent is dominated by Laddow Rocks, a gritstone edge set high up this hill.

Link to Black Hill route
Bleaklow Summits.

Bleaklow Head - summit of Bleaklow.

Bleaklow is a vast desolate moorland area between the A57 (Snake Pass) and the A628 (Woodhead Pass). The area around Bleaklow Head being the highpoint of this plateau at 633m. The Pennine Way, the long-distance footpath from Edale to Scotland cuts across Bleaklow, south to north, from Snake Summit to Bleaklow Head and then down to Crowden. This route has the Pennine Way at the core.

Link to Bleaklow Summits route
Across Kinder.

A high point - Kinder Low trig Point.

Kinder is a largely flat plateau at a height of around 600m, some bits higher, some lower. It is reached by climbing steeply up from the surrounding valleys. The summit is Crowden Head at 632m, which is an indistinct top in the middle of the typical moorland landscape.

Link to Kinder Summitsroute
The Magnificant Stanage Edge.

Stanage Edge looking south.

The gritstone edges running along the east of the Dark Peak are unique to the Peak District. Stanage is the grandest of all these gritstone edges running some 6km in length. Best viewed from a distance. This route takes you along the full length, walking above and below the crags.

Link to Stanage Edge route
Ascent of Win Hill.

Win Hill trigpoint.

Win Hill dominates the central Hope Valley above Bamford. It is noticeable from Stanage Edge, from Kinder and from the Hope Valley itself. There is a short steep climb up to the summit from Yorkshire Bridge before a pleasant walk along the ridge, Hope Brink, before descending to Ladybower Reservoir. It is then a good walk along the track around the reservoir back to the starting point.

Link to Win Hill route
Howden Moor from Derwent

Way up via Abbey Brook.

The Howden Moors are on the east of Derwent Reservoir. Once out of the valleys these moors have extensive areas of "flat" moorland giving excellent views, on a good day, in all directions. This is a quiet area of the Peak District and on many days the walker will not see anyone until they get to the popular area of Back Tor and Lost Lad.

Link to Howden Moor route