Stanage, Keira Knightley Rock & Jane Eyre

Two people standing on Stanage Edge, on a rock where actress, Keira Knightley, was filmed in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie

8. Stanage, Keira Knightley Rock and Jane Eyre

 Monday 18, Friday 22 October, Wednesday 3, Friday 26 November 2021. With Rachel Bolton and Richard Tower. 


This walk combines nature, stunning scenery and a film linked to two classic novels - Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.


The walk begins in Hathersage, a bustling village set below a dramatic rock escarpment, Stanage Edge.  This is where actress, Keira Knightley playing Elizabeth Bennett, stood upon a rock ledge and dreamed of  Mr Darcy in the 2005 film version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.


But there's so much more besides.  Leaving the village, we ascend via beautiful woodlands, up Calow Bank, and onto Higger Tor.  There are wonderful views of the surrounding heather moorland and the nearby site of Carl Wark, an iron age hill fort.  After crossing Burbage Brook we ascend onto Stanage Edge; this massive gritstone escarpment is four miles long and famous for its classic climbing routes.  We reach High Neb (458m), with sweeping views towards the Peak District's Great Ridge, Mam Tor, Winn Hill and Derbyshire's highest point, the Kinder Scout plateau. 


We stop for pictures at the iconic 'Keira Knightley Rock' and also explore Robin Hood's Cave (legend suggests he sheltered there).


Descending from the Edge we pass North Lees Hall, a beautiful stately home visited by Charlotte Bronte in 1845 - it's believed North Lees inspired Thornfield Hall, home to Mr Rochester in  Bronte's classic, Jane Eyre.  The Hall was also used for filming Pride and Prejudice (2005) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), starring Cate Blanchett. 


Through woodland and pastures we pass Hathersage Church, burial place for Robin Hood's Little John, before finishing back at the village with its well-appointed B&B's, pubs, cafe's and shops selling artisan goods and local produce.    


The distance is about 9 miles/14.5km, with approx 600 metres of ascent. 


The price is £38 per person.  Please book and pay below, choosing your preferred date.  You are booking with Rachel Bolton and Richard Tower, and one of them will guide the walk on the day.


Stanage Edge, Keira Knightley Rock and Jane Eyre Walk. Thursday 30 September, Monday 18, Friday 22 October, Wednesday 3, Friday 26 November 2021.


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Joining the Walk by Train?  We can meet and return you to Hathersage train station if you wish - or pass a pub or cafe after your walk for a later train home?  We're supporting use of public transport in the Peak District and will offer a 10% discount on all bookings using bus or train travel.


Booking the Walk for a Hen Party or Birthday?  With great picture opportunities at Keira Knightley Rock, this walk is ideal for those wishing to share a special day with family or friends.  We'll help you plan a bespoke day, advising on accommodation and travel to suit  your needs. Contact us to discuss a your wishes and a group rate.


Meeting place and time

We meet at about 9:15am to be ready for a 9:30am start.


The meeting place is the public car park off Odd Fellows Road in the village of Hathersage, opposite the swimming pool.  Post code S32 1DU.  The car park is a pay & display and costs £5.50 per day, but it often possible to park free of charge on the roadside nearby. Hathersage is also accessible by train from Manchester and Sheffield. 


Further information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks with Rachel and Richard
PWA General Information - Open and Chall
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