Outer Edge from Derwent

Outer Edge from Derwent
Hill Summit : Margery Hill[SK189957, 546m.]
Hill Summit : Outer Edge[SK177970, 541m.]
Start : Kings Tree Kings tree is at the end of the road along the Upper Derwent Valley[SK169950 270m ]
Summary : Kings Tree - Slippery Stones - Cut Gate - Margery Hill - Outer Edge - Rocking Stones - Crow Stones Edge - Slippery Stones - Kings Tree
distance : 9.0km.
ascent : 320m.
time : 3hr. 20min.

The northern part of the Eastern Edges from Lost Lad (SK193912) north to Margery Hill and Outer Edge is wet and boggy and predominantly pathless. The area is not busy and the walker gets a sense of remoteness albeit only a few kilometres from Sheffield. It is a pity to miss out on this area, so this route uses Cut Gate to access the ridge. This remote area gives some excellent walking and often it is much quieter than the other areas in the Peak District. The views down the reservoirs are good so pick a day with good visibility.


Current Weather

Last Updated today at : 01:08:33

Overall : few clouds
Temperature : 4degC.
Wind Speed : 3km/hr.
Wind Direction : WSW
Clouds : few clouds
Precipitation : none
Sunrise : 04:54:01
Sunset : 19:14:59
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First stop Margery Hill. From the end of the road walk up the good track to slippery stones where the river is crossed by the bridge. Now follow the Cut Gate bridleway initially up the river then up the spur to reach the skyline ridge. There are a number of cairns at the top of this pass. It is a pity to miss out on the summit of Margery Hill so take a detour south to reach the trig point on Margery Hill. There is a path, two in fact, as marked on the OS maps but either choice can be wet. (3.0kms. 280m. 1hrs. 30min.)

From the summit of Margery hill retrace your steps back to the Cut Gate path. Then follow the top of the ridge as best you can onto Outer Edge. There is a path here but it does attract water so often the walker must navigate around the bogs created here. It is always best to favour the high ground and if possible pick a day after a good dry period. Outer Edge is the first set of distinctive rocks along the edge. (2.0kms. 20m. 0hrs. 40min.)

The route now explores the interesting rock formations west of Outer Edge. Follow the thin but distinct path west to Crow Stones. From here turn south along Crow Stones Edge making sure that you take in the views here. Continue south past some grouse butts to reach the track up Broadhead Clough. An interesting continuation is to continue south to reach Bull Stones with their good view down the Derwent valley. Return to the track on the south bank of Broadhead Clough. Follow this track follow down to the valley bottom joining the main valley path at SK170192. Now turn south and follow the main path down the valley. After 1km you reach the junction with the uphill route. Continue down the valley to arrive at Slippery Stones and then it is over the river by the bridge and down the track back to Kings Tree. (4.0kms. 20m. 1hrs. 20min.)