Starting in the village of Hathersage, this 9 mile walk takes you along the wonderful cliffs of Stanage Edge with superb views of the Derwent & Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.
On the way to the Stanage Edge, you will pass North Lees Hall which is a building steeped in history and literary connections. This 16th century manor is thought to have been the inspiration behind Mr Rochester’s home in Jane Eyre. The Eyre family did in fact live there in real life. They were Roman Catholics who lived there until the 17th century until they were driven out by a Protestant family. The remains of their chapel, built in 1685 and destroyed three years later, can still be seen on the grounds.
Once you have passed the Hall, you can continue on to Stanage Edge itself. This is arguably the most impressive gritstone escarpment in the Peak District, stretching for 6 km (3.5 miles). Looking beyond the escarpment, you will notice that the landscape is sprinkled with old millstones and grindstones. Both fully intact and broken, these are all discarded relics of a once flourishing industry, since the industry started to move on in the 1860s they were left abandoned, but are now the iconic of the Peak District National Park.
Many people now visit Stanage Edge as part of their Pride & Prejudice pilgrimage. This was one of the filming locations from the recent film adaptation of the Austen novel- these are the very rocks where Kiera Knightly stood looking windswept and pensive.
Please see the below PDF for more a detailed description, directions and a small map. Although we have given you an outline of this walk, we do advise people to bring their own map and compass and also to wear good walking boots whenever they walk in the Peak District.