My eldest son has climbed here regularly, so I was looking forward to watching some climbers but when my youngest son and I visited - a blustery weekday in January - the area was completely deserted. We parked near Outseats (for free) and, after following a short footpath across the fields and past scattered Millstones (including one with a smiley face) we were able to scramble up to the top of Stanage Edge, following it northwards until we crossed to the other side of the A57, looped back past Redmires Reservoir (where we noticed a handmade poster asking if anyone had lost a camera in the area as one had been found), and returned via Stanage Pole. The entire walk was about 10 miles and very boggy in places. There were some beautiful views, though in places the moors were quite bleak, and I look forward to returning in warmer, drier weather. As other reviews have said, take your own refreshments: we did not pass any cafes or shops.
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