Chrome Hill

Submitted by Anonymous Walker on 14 August 2013
OS Explorer Map: OL24 - The Peak District
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A circular, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park Peak District (England) starting at Longnor, Staffs, about 14km (roughly 9 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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Small hills can be deceptive; Chrome Hill is a mere 425m, but its appearance is more of a mountain, with a fine rock-smattered ridge. This walk includes a bit of Peak District countryside on the way there and back – never a bad thing.

Regular buses run between Ashbourne and Buxton, stopping at Longnor. It's a good family walk, but there are a few road sections.

Start: Longnor, OS Grid: SK089649
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 319m (1046ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 640m (2101ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 321m (1055ft)
Max. Elevation: 440m (1443ft)

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OS Grid: SK089649
Start your walk in Longnor.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SK095659
A bridleway across the River Dove takes you to Underhill.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SK083665
The perfect place for a snack?
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SK077668
Follow the road beneath Parkhouse Hill to the foot of Chrome Hill.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SK070672
From the road, head up the steep-looking slope of Chrome Hill.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SK067678
Stay on the high ground to Tor Rock.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SK060682
Pick up the footpath at Stoop Farm, which leads on to Hollins Hill.
OS Grid: SK060678
The second peak of the day; nice views back across to Chrome Hill.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SK061670
On the western edge of the hill is another footpath leading to Hollins Farm.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SK067665
Into Hollinsclough, a small farming hamlet nestled in the Peaks.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 10 OS Grid: SK077668
A permitted path takes you back to Parkhouse Hill. Climb it if you want to.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 11 OS Grid: SK081662
Different way back; take the south-east footpath to the road, then turn right.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 12 OS Grid: SK086655
Pass through Under the hill and back into Longnor.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 13 OS Grid: SK087649
There are a few pubs in the town if you have a wait for the bus; the local recommendation, though, is the Packhorse Inn in nearby Crowedicote, a short walk away. Buses between Buxton and Ashbourne stop here too, making this a good option.
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