White Edge

Walk 5: The Three Edges

One for peak-baggers, this exhilarating hike takes you across three of the Peak District’s most famous edges. There are spectacular views over the hills and valleys, as well as a good chance to spot wild deer and cattle on the rugged moorland. Also look out for the enigmatic and curious White Edge Lodge, which stands alone on the moorland.

From the layby parking, you head straight for White Edge, climbing gently to its summit and along the ridge. Next is Curbar Edge, then Froggatt Edge, before returning via The Grouse Inn for a refreshment and across the moorland back to the start.

Essentials

  • Distance: 7 Miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum Duration: 3 Hours
  • Refreshments: Pub
  • Route file (GPX): Download
  • Start: B6054 lay-by, S17 3BQ
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 26914 78927

Weather Forecast

Derbyshire, UK

Parking Location/Start

Map and Gradient

Total distance: 6.99 mi
Max elevation: 387 m
Min elevation: 263 m
Total climbing: 249 m

Guidance

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Safety first, folks

Please do not rely on the guidance below to navigate the hike. We highly recommend downloading the accompanying GPX file and loading it into a navigation device/app. Always take a physical map and compass with you as backup. Take care out there.

Directions

  1. Leave the lay-by and cross the stile in the wall on to Big Moor.
  2. Ascend up the gentle gradient with the wired fence to your right for about 750 meters.
  3. Continue until meeting White Edge. Walk along White Edge for roughly 1.5 mile. Look out for wild deer that can often be seen on the open moorland.
  4. Towards the end of White Edge take the path heading down and right. Cross the stream over a wooden platform and head upwards until meeting the pay and display to car park.
  5. Go through to the back of the car park and join the narrow path which leads through the gate on to a well defined path next to Curbar Edge.
  6. Continue along the path with Curbar Edge to the left. Check the stunning rock formations and views down over the valley.
  7. Curbar Edge drops down a short rocky decline to Froggatt Edge. Eventually open moorland will meet a more wooded area at a gate. Continue forward until meeting the road.
  8. Turn right and head up the road. After about 50 meters, cross the road and head over the stile in the fence. Head down the path, cross the stream and up the hill, reaching another car park.
  9. Continue along the path through The Haywood trees with the car park to the immediate right. After passing the car park, continue and after about 100 meters, turn right through the gate in the wall, crossing diagonally up the field towards the Grouse Inn pub – the perfect time to refresh with a pint or cuppa.
  10. From the pub, turn left up the road for 30 meters or so. Cross the road and head through the stile back towards White Edge.
  11. After crossing another stile, head through a small crop of trees until meeting another path. Turn left and continue for about three quarter mile, passing a lonesome house and eventually meeting the start point.

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Hi I'm Leigh, the creator Walk In Derbyshire. I've been walking in the Peak District National Park for over 30 years and have a huge passion for connecting with nature and hiking in the outdoors. I write up the all the walks for Walk In Derbyshire and am also the lead on our group hikes.

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