Walk #11: Stanton Moor
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
This was a simple stroll around Stanton Moor, one of my favourite places in the Peak District, and one that I do not get to visit often enough. There are many items of interest on the moor including four Bronze Age stone circles, the most famous of which is the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. This circle of small stones is hardly visible until you are on top of them, but what they lack in size they gain in ambiance - the surroundings are spectacular, with the low, scrubby trees that surround it giving it a sylvan feel. Nearby is the Earl Grey Tower, which was built to commemorate the 1832 reform act, and the Cork Stone, which has handholds that allow you to climb up to the top.
For once I have not given precise directions as it is worth exploring the moor for yourself.
The directions for this walk are quite simple. Just basically walk around Stanton Moor following the relevant OS map, and ensure that you take in the following landmarks:
The route I took headed north up the eastern side of the moor, passing the Earl Grey Tower and the Nine Ladies stone circle to a road, then returning along the western side of the moor above the old quarries to the Cork Stone.
This makes a total distance of 2.9 miles, with 377 feet of ascent and 377 feet of descent.
Please note that I take no responsibility for anything that may happen when following these directions. If you intend to follow this route, then please use the relevant maps and check the route out before you go out. As always when walking, use common sense and you should be fine.
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And finally, enjoy your walking!