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Rowsley to Bakewell via Nine ladies Stone Circle

A moderate walk (countryside) in national park Peak District in Derbyshire, England, about 12.60km (7.83 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 313m (1026ft)
Loss 295m (967ft)
Max. Elevation 320m (1049ft)
Elevation (total) 608m (1993ft)
Start & End
Rowsley, Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire, England
Distance 12.60km
(7.83mi)
Duration ~4:30h
Difficulty  
Moderate
Created by Anonymous Walker on 16 Jul 2017
A fairly easy walk on good paths and tracks visiting an interesting old stone circle which, in legend, is the petrified remains of nine dancing ladies and their fiddler. Unfortunately, like all White Peak walks, it involves a significant amount of road walking but on very quite roads. There are places to eat in Birchover, just under half way round. Access to both ends is by the hourly Transpeak bus service from Derby to Buxton (and occasionally Manchester)

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Waypoints

OS Grid SK257656
Debus at the Peacock Hotel which is just before the bridge into Rowsley
OS Grid SK256645
Cross the A6 and follow the minor past the school and over a bridge. Immediately after the bridge , where the road bends right, go straight on, on the private road (which is a also a public footpath)
About 1.15 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SK255642
Follow the private road for about one kilometre. At a signpost on the right leave the road for a footpath
About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SK252636
Follow the yellow waymarks and walk through the farm. Shortly after the farm the tarmacked road turn right. At this point go straight on through a field gate.
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid SK248635
An obvious path climbs first over pasture then through bracken finally descending to Lees Road. Turn right on the road and after about 100 metres you will see a track doubling back on the left.
About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
OS Grid SK236621
From the information board near the circle follow the track south back to Lees Road. Turn left and follow the road down into Birchover village (two pubs). Near the Druid pub, where the main road bends right, go straight on, on the lane.
About 1.84 km (~1.14 miles) from
OS Grid SK236621
From the information board near the circle follow the track south back to Lees Road. Turn left and follow the road down into Birchover village (two pubs). Near the Druid pub, where the main road bends right, go straight on, on the lane.
About 0.00 km (~0 miles) from
OS Grid SK228618
Follow the lane, which becomes a path, down to an unfortunately busy road. Turn left down this road for about 100 metres to a road junction where you t join the Limestone Way going North.
About 0.84 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid SK223626
Follow the well marked Limestone Way, past Cratcliffe tor on the right and Robin Hood's Stride on the left, to a road opposite the entrance to Hartill Moor Farm. Cross the road and take the farm track
About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
OS Grid SK213639
Skirt the farm to its left and and rejoin the Limestone Way. Follow the well marked way down to a small stream then across fields to a road. Turn right and after about 50 metres a track signposted "Alport" goes off to the right by the river
About 1.66 km (~1.03 miles) from
OS Grid SK220645
Follow the track then, where it bends right away from the river, go through a gate on the left and follow a path by the river joining the road by the telephone box in Alport. Turn right on this road
About 0.88 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid SK215667
After about 100 metres on the road, at the cross roads, turn left up the hill. The track ends at a barn complex but a good footpath carries straight on over two large fields to join a road. Follow the road down past Noton Barn Farm and shortly after the farm entrance go through a gate on the right
About 2.28 km (~1.42 miles) from
OS Grid SK222677
There are two choices now. Follow the path alongside the wall which becomes Intake Lane and descends to the A6 near a bus stop but about one kilometre South of Bakewell. Or a rather complex route starting diagonally across the field and crossing a stream which arrives on the A6 nearer the town
About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from

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