Dark Peak Walk No.4

Walk No.4
Walk No.4 Dark Peak Walks, Fox House to Stanedge Pole, Peak District National Park.

A walk that follows some of the ancient routes into and out of the Peak District. This walk is full of history, so take time to look and explore, what is around you on the walk.

Stanage Pole
Stanage Pole near Stanage Edge, Dark Peak, Peak District National Park

The latest Stanedge Pole was erected on 17th April 2016, the birth date of Britain’s first national park, The Peak National Park. Stanedge Pole is probably the most iconic of all Peak District landmarks and marks the boundary of York and Canterbury, Yorkshire and Derbyshire, Hallamshire and Hathersage. Note the different spelling of Stanedge.

Bullet pockmarks on Gritstone below Carl Wark
Bullet pockmarks on gritstone boulder below Carl Wark

Pockmarked gritstone boulders lay all over the Burbage Valley and date from the second world war when the area was used as a practice ground for army troops.

Stanedge Pole graffiti. Dark Peak. Peak District National Park
Stanedge Pole graffiti. Dark Peak. Peak District National Park

One of the most common marks to see out on the moor, well away from centres of population is the conjoined ‘V’ and ‘M’ often inverted and with a date. The letters denote the Virgin Mary and were a sign of catholic following, that was banned during the period.

Articles featuring this walk

Trigpoint Walks 1

Trigpoint Walks 3

The Grand Hotel

A 16th century perambulation

Grouse Water Bowls

Peak District Gritstone Graffiti

The Long Causeway on Stanage

A few hours in the Peak District – Burbage

Secret Places of Worship in the Peak District