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Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge in the Peak District

Stanage Edge is located in the Dark Peak of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. If you look at its location in relation to the Peak District on a map its just slightly North of the center mass of the park.

Its an extremely easy to access location for many, with it being just 25 miles from the center of Sheffield you can see why it gets so many visitors year round with stunning views dominating the high ground the edge can be seen for miles away and its a place where I have personally only been a hand full of times as I tend to stay in the White Peak or the South West Peak as it is over an hours drive from home for me.

Stanage Edge In Derbyshire
Stanage Edge in Derbyshire is a gritstone escarpment in the Peak District National Park

The reason I wanted to go was to see the Millstones as there is not many in the Southern Peaks, and I know there is an abundance of them in the Dark Peaks as it was quarried a lot in the 18th & 19th century.

If your interested in the Millstones then there is an excellent website dedicated to them over at Peak District Millstones with an estimated 1500 millstones within a 2 kilometer radius I actually only know of approximately 10 locations for millstones in the Peaks! I think I need to open my eyes more!

Stanage Edge
The millstones on Stanage Edge in the Peak District National Park

They also make for excellent foreground interest if your into landscape photography these are in fact pulp stones and not millstones, but everyone knows them as millstones.

You can park very close to Stanage Edge making for good access and you can walk  2 minutes and you will be on site, you can then walk the 5k along the top of the edge if you so wish, looking out over across the Peak District villages of Hope, Castleton and Bamford along with the wonderful open vistas to the South West.

View From Stanage Edge
An afternoon view from Stanage Edge in Derbyshire, Peak District National Park

After watching the sun set and admiring the after glows, I waited for 30 minutes for the blue hour that follows sunset and headed down the road to Surprise View, there is a car park (pay and display) within a 5 minute walk along the road so take care as the road is very busy and no such path, I wanted to get the movement of the cars lights on the bend and the Hope Valley in the background.

Surprise View At Night
Looking down onto Hathersage in the Hope Valley, Peak District as people come and go.

I had a lovely evening in the Dark Peak, but it was soon time to head home!

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Comments (3)


Nice image but looks identical to the eminent professional landscape photographer Geoff Simpson’s take on the millstones.

Thanks Graham, Those millstones have been there for decades now so im sure me or Geoff (had to Google him) were not the first to photograph them and im sure we wont be the last. Geoff has some stunning images BTW. Admiring his UK gallery now, thanks for the heads up

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