Bamford Edge walk is without a doubt one of the highlights of a hiking holiday in the Peak District. This walk will take you to ascend Bamford Edge, a rocky overhang of gritstone that looms above the landscape at the village of Bamford, in the Hope Valley, in Derbyshire. This interesting walk will appeal to those with an interest in geology – there are plenty of interesting rock formations to view along the route, and also to those who simply wish to revel in the beautiful Peak District landscape. www.travelrows.com
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The Bamford Edge Walk Route
The walk begins in the charming village of Bamford. It is known for being the starting point for a range of walks and hikes, and the location of Derwent Dam, and is also the location for a bi-annual arts festival, sheepdog trails, and well-dressing – a traditional local pastime.
From Bamford, you will walk along pleasant country lanes towards Bole Hill and Bamford Clough. While these lanes are generally quiet and picturesque, it is important to note that they are used by traffic and so care should be taken. Not all drivers in the area are necessarily as considerate of hikers as they should be!
You will then head north and take the Bamford Edge footpath across Bamford Moor. This is where the real walk begins. From here, you will enjoy spectacular views down across the Hope Valley and the Ladybower Reservoir before reaching the top of the craggy outcrop. Be careful, as the moors can be windy at times. Look out for the unfinished millstones nestling in the heather.
There will be plenty of fine photo opportunities once you reach the top of Bamford Edge, which is at an elevation of 1,381ft (420m) – though be careful close to the edge – the rocks can be slippery, especially in wet weather. Walking up to the viewpoint and back to the roadside, you will cover a distance of around 3.5 miles (5km).
Continuing Your Bamford Edge Hike
If you wished, you could consider extending your walk by descending to the reservoir to enjoy a range of woodland trails that skirt the waterside. From Bamford Edge, you could also consider continuing eastwards to Stanage Edge, another stunning gritstone escarpment. A little further on, you could also consider ascending to the summit of High Neb, from where you can enjoy the views over the Hallam Moors and the Valley below.
Other Walks & Hikes in the Bamford Area
If you wish to do more hiking in the area after your ascent to Bamford Edge, you could consider heading west a short way and making the ascent of Win Hill for more amazing views. If you want something a little easier, the riverside path into Hathersage is utterly charming. Or, for more of a challenge, you could consider following the longer-distance Derwent Valley Heritage Way, which runs past the village. The Peak District is the ideal location for a hiking or walking holiday, and Bamford Edge Walk is a good place to begin your explorations.
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