EdaleHathersage

Edahat one
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Distance

15km/9mi

Ascent

370m

Descent

457m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Edale and Hathersage.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Edale and Hathersage.

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Reviews - 5

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (5)

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Description Note
Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 1 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Maybe present Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Maybe present Bothy (1)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (1)
Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
Maybe present Picnic table (1)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (1)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (1)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Maybe present Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Not present at time of survey Likely to flood (1)
Present at time of survey Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Not present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Present at time of survey Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
Present at time of survey Mountainous area (1)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Present at time of survey No visible path (1)
Maybe present Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 30.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient East: no data

The steepest uphill gradient West: no data

The steepest camber: no data

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Maybe present Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Standard pram (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Maybe present Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Standard pram (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Maybe present Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

10.0% of the route is on roads (1)

5.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

20.0% of the route is paved (1)

20.0% of the route is muddy (1)

10.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

10.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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4X January 2023 by Hugh Hudson
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Geography information system (GIS) data

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Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Edale
Grid Ref SK1225185321
Lat / Lon 53.36464° / -1.81736°
Easting / Northing 412,251E / 385,321N
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Hathersage
Grid Ref SK2324881087
Lat / Lon 53.32621° / -1.65242°
Easting / Northing 423,248E / 381,087N
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Edahat One's land is

Moors 10.1%
Natural grass 14.4%
Other agricultural land 9.0%
Pasture 59.7%
Urban 6.6%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

reviews


Hugh Hudson

21 Jan 2023 (edited 22 Jan 2023) Winter

Walked from Hathersage to Edale on a cold winter day, foggy and hard frozen in the Hope valley but sunny and warm enough to make the mud slippery above the cloud inversions, and still sunny in the Edale valley. Almost a great route, but I have a couple of minor quibbles about plotting and route selection.

Leaving Hathersage station, we head down Station Road (pavement on right/west side), and take what seems to me a rather pointless detour using a field path that returns us to the road above the Derwent bridge. We cross the road and follow the riverside path right. Note that in Goose Nest Wood the path has been diverted a little up the hill for safety reasons and this involves a few steps (not the only ones on this route). The riverside path is pretty but can get muddy at times. Beyond the crossroads where the other path into Hathersage crosses stepping stones (best avoided when the river is high), a steep section of river bank forces us uphill, and this section is a little rough and involves more steps. As soon as we are back at river level we turn sharp left uphill on a farm track.

This track leads to a T junction of lanes where we turn right, following the good track most of the way into Shatton and taking a shortcut across fields (and stiles) to Shatton Lane. Here we turn right then left past the ford and up the hill. At the top of the first rise we take the field path left up more steps that follows the road, with more stiles, and leading onto a lane which also runs parallel to the road. Where the lane rejoins the road, the GPX suggests we turn right along a non-existent path along the right edge of the field. The actual route is as per the right of way line on the OS map, and goes straight on initially then right across the field to a stile. Here the route (which is barely a path) continues below a steep grass bank, and what would be the easiest line is hindered by the barbed wire fence on the right and is a little slippery when frozen. Lower down the path is better and clearer, but when reaching the road at Brough it is necessary to climb a slightly awkward stone stile. It would be easier and shorter just to stay on the farm track, which is also a right of way!

We turn left up Westfield Road then take the path right through the Roman fort site. Note that the footbridge beyond the fort is damaged, and a sign says that the footpath is closed, but there is no barrier to using the bridge so I ignored the sign. The path continues easily to emerge on Eccles Lane, where we go right down the hill and right again along Pindale Lane which leads us into the centre of Hope, where there are pubs and shops.

We cross the main road and go left a few meters and take the signposted path right, which leads past a housing estate and past the cement works railway to head up Lose Hill (two thirds of the way up I finally emerged from the mist into sunshine with glorious cloud inversions). The upper sections of the path are steeper and can be slippery when wet, particularly in descent. We take the contouring path left (a new experience for me, as I have always included the top of Lose Hill when using this path in the past), which leads through a small wood to rejoin the ridge path below Barker Bank, Here I lost concentration on navigation, and went off route, going straight down the far side below Back Tor. What I should have done is to follow the contouring path straight on below Barker Bank and crossed the ridge at Hollins Cross to take the path down from there, so strictly speaking I did not complete the route. In any case, it might be better to use the bridleway via Greenbank here to avoid the road walking at the end, and I might yet submit an alternative version that does this and avoids the other minor niggles.

All in all though, this is a fine walk with beautiful views, and one which almost deserves a five star review.


Jenny Millsom

25 Oct 2022 Autumn

This route is for keen and experienced walkers due to the hill climbs, up Hollins Hill and back Tor, as a group we found this a challenge overall, particularly on leg muscles and breathing.
Also as we did this in October it was cold on the top, we would therefore advise layer's of clothing.
Enjoyable as a group with a reasonable level of fitness, age and stamina.
After Back Tor the walk is very enjoyable and mainly on grass paths or level gravel, so easier to navigate.
we would walk it again and felt it is safe is you have a reasonable level of fitness, age and stamina. There are access issues so we would not recommend for wheelchair or pushchair users.


Sue Lindley

22 Aug 2021 Summer

Nothing to add to previous detailed reviews other than to say it is a beautiful and varied walk. I also accessed it by train from Hathersage to Edale and walked back.


Philtooze

12 Aug 2021 Summer

This a great walk with a mixture of hill and lowland walking. We fully agree with the previous reviews description of the walk and have little to add. We have included a number of photos to illustrate the nature of the paths, terrain and obstacles, we counted over 50 stiles or gates. We travelled to Edale by train which takes about 10 min and goes usually on the hour.


Alistair Griggs

04 May 2021 Spring

Excellent and varied route with great views, just over 10 miles / 16 km and involving 1150 feet / 350 metres ascent - so a substantial day's walk. Starts from Edale - NB that the car parks are very popular and fill up early, so you may need to use one of the overspill car parks that some local farmers open up (or get the train to Edale Station of course). There's a short section of road walking until you get to the turn-off up to Hollins Cross - uphill, steep in places, but a very clear and straightforward path. Then there's a busy section along the 'Great Ridge' (Mam Tor - Hollins Cross - Lose Hill) before our route takes us contouring to the right of Lose Hill but still with great views southwards into the Hope Valley and across to Hope and Castleton. Mostly wicket gates on this section, and easy well graded grass or gravel path, quite wide, after the first rough and heavily used rocky path which is currently being resurfaced with stone slabs. (If you decide to stay on the main ridge walk to Lose Hill, be aware this is one of the busiest routes in the Peak District and there are always lots of walkers here. There are spectacular 360-degree views from the top of Lose Hill though.) Then the route takes us down a mainly grassy path on a delightful route into Hope. There are pubs, cafes and a couple of food shops if you want to break your walk here. The main Hathersage - Castleton road here is busy but there are obvious crossing points, before we take a minor road away from the traffic past the church and a pinfold, slightly uphill, then turn left onto a grassy track. This takes us first to Brough (and a very short section of pavement before crossing the road and picking up the path again), and then to Shatton. From here the proposed route follows tracks parallel to and above the river and some hundreds of yards from it. Apart from in bad weather though when the ground can get muddy, the route alongside the river (clearly marked and frequently used) is more picturesque and in my and our friends' view much to be preferred. The path emerges onto the Hathersage to Grindleford road a couple of hundred yards from the Plough, one of the nicest (and most popular) pubs in the area. We chose this time to stop there, but the proposed route takes a series of minor paths from near the Plough into Hathersage, where there are several more pubs and a number of cafes and tea rooms. The latter section of the walk from Hope onwards is undulating but much lower and more sheltered than the first section via Hollins Cross to Hope, but there are good views all the way of the north side of the Hope Valley and some of the edges, notably Bamford Edge and Stanage, with Millstone Edge and others visible further to the right.


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