Stanage & Carhead Rocks

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Stanage & Carhead Rocks

Stanage Edge is world famous amongst the climbing fraternity for its many rock climbs, but it’s also a stunning place for a hike. Whilst only 4 miles long, this route provides much interest and so long as the weather is good you’ll be in for a fabulous few hours.

The walk starts at Hooks Car. Carhead Rocks is the first point of note, followed by a stroll along Cattis-Side Moor to the woods around North Lees. Here, there’s a descent into the valley before a climb back up to Green’s House, where the walk heads north back up to the road at Dennis Knoll.

The rocky track of Long Causeway brings you up to the top of the Stanage Edge escarpment, which offers wonderful views for very little effort. Just take care near the edge, but do take the opportunity to check out Robin Hood’s Cave. It’s then an easy descent back down to the walk start.

Walk Details

Distance – 7km or 4.3 miles

Ascent – 225 metres or 750 feet.

Terrain – Generally good paths with some rockier sections, woodlands and fields.

Getting There

It’s pretty easy by car, there is free parking at Hooks Car. If this is full, you have other options at Hollin Bank Car Park (slightly off route – join the walk at Stage 5), or Long Causeway (en route, join at Stage 8).

Unfortunately this walk is not accessible by public transport.

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