Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies
A circular, stroll-(1-2-hours) countryside walk in national park Peak District (England) starting at Birchover, Derbyshire, about 3.9km (roughly 2.4 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Start: Birchover, OS Grid: SK239623
OS Explorer Map: OL24 - The Peak District (buy with 10% off)
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)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)
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A stroll-(1-2-hours) countryside walk in Peak District from Birchover, England, 2.6km (~1.6m) long.
A half-day riverside walk in Peak District from Youlgrave, England, 12.9km (~8m) long.
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!