Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies
A circular, stroll-(1-2-hours) countryside walk in England starting at Birchover, Derbyshire, about 4km (roughly 3 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. Stanton Moor, in the White Peak, is famous for its prehistoric ruins - over 70 burial mounds have been found here. The most famous site is the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, which dates back to the Bronze Age. The site was in the news in 2004 because of the protest camp set up to campaign against the site being ruined by a quarry. Luckily they won, so walkers can continue to enjoy this interesting little walk. Start: Birchover, OS Grid: SK239623 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 90m (296ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 168m (550ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 77m (254ft)
Max. Elevation: 330m (1082ft)
Birchover is served by buses from Matlock and Bakewell. It's an interesting place, with classic Peaks cottages and other points of interest - look out for the pinfold, where they rounded up stry sheep! Head uphill from the village centre and through the campsite at Barn Farm.
Cross over the road to the north of the campsite and follow the signs to Stanton Moor. After a short climb you are up on the open moorland.
The Nine Ladies are a short walk across the moor, in a clearing in the woodland. Just nearby is the Earl Grey Tower, built to commemorate the passing of the Reform Bill in 1832.
On the western edge of the moor are several old quarries, now overgrown. Follow the path along this side of the moor and past the trig point that marks the high point of the moor (323m).
Dare you climb the Cork Stone? There are handholds and footholds on this old standing stone - the challenge is to climb up and stand on the top!
From the Cork Stone, take the footpath to the road and pick up the path heading round the back of Barton Hill Quarries. This brings you back to Birchover, where there is a choice of two fine pubs - the Druid's Inn, or the Red Lion, complete with an old well in the floor!