Panorama from Bamford Edge
June 23rd 2014.
On the edge, but which one. Today I am off to the Peak District with Les and Roger to do the reccee for the next walk for Crosby Rambling Club. Why have I included this walk in the category ‘Adventures with Les?’ well, as so often happens things did not go entirely to plan and a walk became an adventure.
We parked in the village of Bamford and straight away were on the edge, on the edge of the map but our way seemed clear. walk up Leeside road and then turn right to climb up Bamford Clough. At the bottom of the road there was a notice pinned to the telegraph pole. Nothing to do with us. Leeside road was very steep and after a few hundred yards we came to our turn off. However our way was blocked off with a sign ‘Road closed’ A notice similar to the one at the bottom of the hill informed us that Bamford Clough was closed and would remain so until the spring of 2015. There is no alternative route. We had to go back and half an hour after setting off we were back at the car.
We managed to figure out a new route which led us through fields to New Road and eventually to the top of Bamford Clough. We were back on track.A bit more road walking and we could turn left to head towards the disused quarry. With the waist high bracken there was no sign of any path so we bashed our way through walking on a compass bearing. Skirting the quarry we found a clear path and set off along it at a brisk pace.
Soon we were walking along the edge with some wonderful rock formations carved by the wind and rain.
The next mile was lovely with the view opening up over the Hope valley. At Great Tor we could look down on Ladybower reservoir. We were not the only ones to appreciate the view, a couple of sheep had beaten us to the best viewing platform.
However something was not right. We should not have been able to see this view, not from Stanage Edge, where were we?. A glance at the map showed us that we were in fact on Bamford Edge, more than a mile off course. We needed to get across Bamford Moor but there was no path indicated on the map. We decided to have our lunch and look at the view while we sorted out what to do.
Win Hill from Bamford Edge
We retraced our steps to the quarry and then headed off across the moor. A path is shown on the map but the bracken had obscured any sign of it on the ground. After bashing our way across more fern fields and a couple of boggy bits we reached Stanage Edge close to Crow Chin and used a gap in the rocks to climb up onto the edge. Stanage Edge is composed of gritstone and is a very popular rock climbing area and several climbers were out testing their skills. We were content to walk along the well used path and marvel at the rock formations.
Wew passed the trig point at High Neb and continued along the Long Causeway.
At a fork in the path we turned left to head east towards Stanedge Pole. This used to be a strategic landmark for the packhorse trains from Sheffield showing them the correct line to the edge.
We now had decisions to make. Do we stick to our original plan and carry on to the end of the edge at Cowper Stone or head back to Bamford. Out unintentional diversion had been the highlight of the walk and somewhere we knew the club had not been before. We decided to include this section in our new plan and head bach to Bamford. We dropped down from the edge along a beautiful flagged path through deciduous woodland to reach a minor road. A walk along a shallow valley led us to Green’s House. More field paths took us to Hurstclough Lane and after crossing Upper Hurst Brook we reached the outskirts of the village.
We had covered just over 10 miles on our little adventure.