Top 10 walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire – Stanton Moor

Walking on Stanton Moor

Walking on Stanton Moor

Next up this week from Cath Lee, of Peak Walking Adventures, in her round up of top 10 walks in the Peak District & Derbyshire is a slightly easier going walk over Stanton Moor.

Stanton Moor  (Easier)

Stanton Moor is an area of beautiful, heather covered moorland on the west side of the Derwent Valley and a fabulous place to explore on foot.

You can start your walk either from Birchover or Stanton-in-Peak and enjoy a three to four mile gentle stroll along lanes and moorland paths.  There are a wealth of historic features to discover including the famous Nine Ladies Stone Circle, the Earl Grey Tower, and some interesting gritstone rocks.

Magnificent rocky scenery surrounds this gritstone village that has some intriguing features waiting to be discovered.

Nine Ladies stone circle on Stanton Moor

Nine Ladies stone circle on Stanton Moor

The winding lanes that climb up the hillsides to Birchover reveal some fascinating secrets. At the foot of the village, behind the Druid Inn, are the weird outcrops of Rowter Rocks, where there are some bizarre rock carvings including caves, seats and dragons! Up beyond the village is Stanton Moor, a fascinating area of stone circles, ancient burial mounds and rocky tors. Nearby to the west are more craggy rock formations at Robin Hood’s Stride and Cratcliffe Tor, where a medieval hermit’s cave can be explored. All around are superb panoramic views across majestic countryside.

The area around the village is popular for camping, with a village shop and two inns making it an ideal spot to base yourself for a few days of exploring the area.

More walks to tackle in the Peak District & Derbyshire can be found on our website, along with a huge selection of places to stay in the area. Check back in a week for the next instalment of top 10 walks when it will be the turn of Lathkill Dale, one of the most beautiful parts of the area, in our humble opinion!


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