Bamford Edge is such a beautiful location and even more so when 2 people in love are committing their lives to one another! It's a well-known fact by anyone who knows me well enough that Bamford Edge is my all-time favourite Peak District viewpoint and you can see why with the gorgeous dramatic landscape that awaits when you reach Bamford Edge. It's got commanding views over Ladybower Reservoir, Crookhill, Winhill and Whinstone Lee Tor to name but a few (plus it's right above my house, yes I do know how lucky I am!).
For years now it's become one of the most popular locations couples have chosen to have a real-life surprise engagement photo shoot. Well, I say couples, it's really the choice of whoever is going to propose that decides on Bamford Edge for their surprise engagement really if I'm honest. As a natural beauty spot, it makes such an amazing place for an engagement no matter what the weather is doing (well unless it's persisting it down with rain) and gives so much opportunity to grab creatives portraits once you're officially engaged.
So what is Bamford Edge?
Bamford Edge sits around 1 mile North as the crow flies from the village of Bamford. It's an overhanging gritstone edge that sits at an elevation of 1381ft which has sweeping views across the Upper Derwent Valley and parts of the Hope Valley areas within the Peak District. It's part of Open Access land which is owned by the Duchess of Rutland and is generally only closed at certain times of the year, since there are no official footpaths we are extremely lucky to be able to visit Bamford Edge.
Where is Bamford Edge and how do you get there?
Bamford Edge can be found quite easily using What3Words with the following location of audio.headers.cheaper. and you can find out a little more about What3Words on their website. There are plenty of routes to Bamford Edge and since it is covered by quite a few trails there isn't just a single route to get to it. But personally, I find that the easiest route is to park at either Heatherdene Car Park opposite Ladybower Reservoir or Long Causeway Car Park which is a little further away but still gives good access from nearby Stanage Edge. From either car park, you'll have a walk-up New Road on foot to join one of Bamford Edge’s trails which can be easily accessed over various stile's.
You don't have to drive to visit Bamford Edge though since you can also get to Bamford via train or bus and then simply walk up through Bamford where you can either choose to follow the steeper route up Bamford Clough to the top of New Road. Or alternatively, you can continue through Bamford village along the pavement of the A6013 until you meet the bottom or New Road and continue the walk up as you would have had you driven here from the instructions above.
How do you plan a surprise engagement shoot at Bamford Edge with me?
I'm here every step of the way to help you plan a surprise engagement photoshoot whether that be at Bamford Edge or anywhere else in the country. Have a look over my page all about surprise engagement shoots and get in touch with me to find out how we can work together to capture your amazing once in a lifetime moment.
Bamford Edge surprise engagement photos
Have a look below at a round-up of some of my favourite images taken on surprise engagements at Bamford Edge.