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Robin Hood's Stride and the Hermit's Cave

A leisurely walk (countryside) in national park Peak District in Derbyshire, England, about 2.60km (1.62 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 0:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 29m (95ft)
Descent 84m (275ft)
Max. Elevation 260m (853ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 113m (370ft)
Start & End
Distance 2.60km
Duration ~0:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 23 May 2008
A short stroll in the heart of the White Peak, the southern half of the Peak District. This circular walk from the village of Birchover takes you to two rocky outcrops, which offer spectacular views and scary drops! Children will enjoy the walk but keep them away from the edges, especially on the Hermit's Cave outcrop.

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OS Grid SK239621
The walk starts in Birchover, nestled beneath Stanton Moor. This village has regular buses from Bakewell and Matlock. Head west from the bus stop, past the Druid's Inn pub (don't worry, we come back past it) and follow the path through between the pub and the church.
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The route passes Rowter Rocks. This outcrop is famous in the area for the three 'armchairs' carved near the summit by Revd. Thomas Eyre in the 1600's. The rocks are closed at the moment, however, as villagers develop the area as a small organic farm for chickens.
About 0.32 km (~0.2 miles) from
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Follow the path around the side of Bradley Rocks. On the west side, take the footpath heading down the slope towards the road.
About 0.36 km (~0.22 miles) from
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Cross the road with care (bikers love hooning down this stretch!) and follow the Limestone Way up towards the woodland and Cratcliff Tor.
About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
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At the top of the path you can see the two outcrops of Hermit's Cave and Robin Hood's Stride. Head to the Hermit's Cave first, and scare yourself by peering over the edge (careful now!)
About 0.20 km (~0.12 miles) from
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Robin Hood's Stride is just five minutes the other way, and a bit more suitable for scrambling around, although there are still some big drops. It's also popular with climbers and boulderers.
About 0.40 km (~0.25 miles) from
OS Grid SK229622
Retrace your steps to Birchover, or follow the Limestone Way to Winster if you want to catch the bus here instead. But if you do go back to Birchover, the two pubs in the village are both worth a visit - the Red Lion, with its well in the floor, or the Druid's head, famous for its fine food.
About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from

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