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Stanage Edge and Higger Tor
7.8 Miles 22 October 2011

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A Great trip again to the Hope valley, we started the hike from the village of Hathersage with the aim of walking along the Stanage Edge. Hathersage is a lovely little village with plenty of parking available and it gets very packed with hikers, climbers, and tourists. The stanage edge is a major place to visit if you are into Rock climbing, and even with high winds on the day we visited there were loads of rock climbers having a go along the edge.
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The Stanage edge is one of the most impressive geological features within the peak district. It stands at 458m at the highest point and the rock is gritstone. The edge is most famous for the rock climbing and when you get to the top you can sit and watch the many climbers have a go at the face. The walk to the stanage edge from Hathersage passes a place called North Lees hall and it was here that Charlotte Bronte supposedly got the insperation for Thornfield Hall in the famous novel Jane Eyre (1847), she stayed in the village of Hathersage whilst visiting a friend.
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Higger Tor lies inside Hathersage Moor it can be found OS grid SK254819. The last time we climbed to the top was in thick fog so it was nice to see how grand this looks. South east from the summit of Higger tor lies Carl wark fort, this was a iron age hill fort . Make sure you see the Cowper stone along the route, and also you will see the Burbage Rocks. These start when the stanage edge finishes near to the car park and again will make a great walk hopefully later this year. Again be careful whilst walking along the edge and across the moors, its easy to get lost so could map reading skills are a must do not rely on GPS. Always let somebody know where you are.
Please have a look at the Youtube Video we have posted, also download the gps data of the route for your own use.