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Fox Inn to Hathersage via Stanage Edge, Peak District

A scenic moorland route in gentle Peak District surroundings

The Fox Inn to Hathersage via Stanage Edge in the Peak District offers stunning moorland scenery and starts and ends with a pub. It is a great walking route to ease yourself into hill walks but is a bit muddy so you might want to bring some sturdy walking boots.

Name and location of walking route: Fox Inn to Hathersage via Stanage Edge, Peak District
Distance of walk: 6.4 miles (10.3km)
Total ascent of walk: 0.14 miles (233m)
Duration of walk: Three to four hours
Terrain of this walk: Obvious well trodden paths which can be rocky and muddy. Some steep climbing followed by walking on open moorland with stunning views. There are also some small sections on quiet roads. Remember to take care walking on roads, walk on the side facing oncoming traffic, make sure you are highly visible and at night carry a torch.

Description of this walking route: This walk starts … but more importantly … finishes at a pub, like all good walks should! Unlike many of the other routes described in this article, this route is linear and not circular and therefore requires public transport to get you back to your start point. This is a great walk, taking in some stunning views of the surrounding moorland and a fantastic opportunity for those new to hiking to fine tune their walk map reading skills.

  • Park at the Fox House Inn (SK 266 803) and from here walk north west along the road for about 0.12 miles (200m) and take the second of two well marked footpaths (opposite a bus stop).
  • Walk along the major path as it heads north east towards Burbage Rocks and then turns north east until you meet a minor road.
  • Turn left and walk down the road for about 0.12 miles (200m) until the road turns south at a sharp left bend. At this bend leave the road to take the path ahead of you (heading west and steeply uphill).
  • Walk the path uphill until you reach the Cowper Stone trig pillar, then continue along the obvious path along Stanage Edge.
  • After 1.24 miles (2km) the path joins a sandy track, take this track heading south west for 1.24 miles (2km) until you meet a road.
  • From here a series of paths will take you south to Hathersage (with some meandering and map reading along the way!). You will walk close to the Lee Valley campsite — a great place to stay and enjoy all that the area has to offer.
  • Back at Hathersage you can go for a well earned beer and bite to eat in the Little John pub before catching the bus from outside the Post Office back to your car at the Fox House Inn.

Tips for the walking route: Pack your gaiters! The walk can be muddy and boggy in places. Make sure you have proper walking boots for the rocky terrain.

Walking facilities on route and in the local area:

  • Great food and drink at the Fox Inn or the pubs at Hathersage (portions not for the faint hearted — try their mixed grill … we dare you!)
  • Hathersage Youth Hostel Tel: 0870 770 5852
  • North Lees campsite. For more information see realbuzz.com’s Top 20 campsites.

OS map required: OS Explorer (1:25 000) OL1, OS Landranger (1:50 000) 119

Other information about this walk: Ever fancied rock climbing? Have a go at Stanage Edge which offers fantastic routes for novices!

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