SWC 266: Sheffield to Bamford: From Urban Conurbation to the Wild Moorland of the Dark Peak T=SWC.266
Distance: 15.9 Miles or 25.5 km for those more metrically minded with shorter options available
Difficulty: 10 out of 10 (or 8 out of 10 for the short options)
Train: Take the 8:58 AM
East Midlands train to Sheffield from London St. Pancras,
arriving at Sheffield at 10:59. Return trains from Bamford are at 18:44 or 19:42, which connect with trains back to London in Sheffield at 19:29 and 20:29, respectively…. Since Sheffield lies outside the Network Southeast Area, it is recommended to purchase Advance Tickets -- if still available.
This fascinating walk commences in the city center of one of Britain’s most populous cities and takes you on a journey to the wild moorland of the Dark Peak
with its dramatic gritstone outcroppings (or Edges) before making a steep descent to Bamford in the lush Hope Valley. The route cleverly brings you from the heart of the city, through an atmospheric Victorian cemetery and increasingly wild urban parkland before suddenly popping out onto remote moorland which should be ablaze in purple heather
at this time of year. In complete contrast to the morning, the walk then continues through this rugged territory along the dramatic Burbage Rocks
and Stanage Edge
with stunning views far and wide. All of this – only 2 hours from London!
It is possible to shorten the walk
by 1.8 miles/2.9 km
by taking a more direct route across the moorland which by-passes the recommended lunch pub – so you would need to have lunch at the early lunch pub or bring a picnic. Alternatively, you could cut out some of the more urban stretches at the beginning by taking a bus to one of the various points along the morning route suggested in the walk instructions under Bus Shortcuts
. You can find more information about the walk (and the shortcut options) and download the walk instructions here.
The recommended lunch pub for the main walk is the Fox House Inn
(01433 630 374 and http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/yorkshire/thefoxhouselongshaw
) with dramatic views and located 8.5 miles/13.7 km into the main walk. Food is served all afternoon. For those doing the shorter walk option, lunch could be had at The Norfolk Arms
(0114 230 2197 and http://www.norfolkarms.com
) which is located 5.7 miles/9.2 km into the walk.
Tea and afternoon/evening refreshies can be had at the Anglers Rest
in Bamford where we can also discuss some of the various route options for the Sunday Kinder Scout walk
. Trains run hourly to Edale and towards Sheffield until about 19:36 (Hope/Edale)/19:42 (Hathersage/Sheffield), then at 20:59 and 22:45 (Edale) and 21:42 and 23:11 (Hathersage/Sheffield).
as previously contemplated, for those wishing to extend their stay, we will plan to do a map-led Kinder Scout
walk (a Peak District classic) on the Sunday 13 August
with a start time of 9:48 AM
at Edale Station
. You should plan to stay somewhere in the Hope Valley – Edale, Bamford or Hathersage. If unable to find suitable accommodation in any of these places, Sheffield itself would also work. There is a train that leaves Sheffield
at 9:14 AM
on Sunday stopping at various places in the Hope Valley before arriving in Edale
. If planning to do the Kinder Scout walk and leave on Sunday, you should book an evening train from Edale (say 18:30ish or later) back on Sunday. Also, note, for the walks on Sunday, you should bring a picnic as there are no pubs on the higher terrain.
Some will also be staying over to Monday for more walking with a probable route being from Edale (with 9:48 AM
start time to meet those taking the train) to Hope along the Great Ridge
....again, bring a packed lunch
..... If you have any questions, please email goepfertkarenATyahooDOTcom.
Enjoy the walk(s) and look forward to seeing you there!