Adventure 3 – Day 1 – Peak District hike
Ford Explorer planned a hike.
September 24, 2020
Enchanting moorland, picturesque dales, pretty farmland, ancient stone circles and mythical rock formations combine on this classic Peak District route.
With 11.9 miles (19.1 km) of distance and 1,150 feet (350 m) of elevation gain, this hike is challenging but manageable. With many spots to stop and admire the scenery, too, there is ample opportunity to rest your legs.
From Barn Farm Camping, you hike straight onto Stanton Moor, a picturesque National Trust moorland, and soon stumble upon Nine Ladies Stone Circle, a Bronze Age structure in an atmospheric setting. The stone circle is shrouded in myth and legend.
You descend through Stanton-in-Peak village, rise into farmland above Haddon Hall stately home, and ascend gradually to Over Haddon village. There is a good pub here that serves food, if you fancy a pit-stop.
You drop into Lathkill Dale, one of the prettiest dales in the national park, follow the River Lathkill to Alport village, and then follow the River Bradford below Youlgreave village.
It is then a gradual ascent along the Limestone Way long-distance footpath to Nine Stones Close, the tallest of all the Peak District's stone circles, and nearby Robin Hood’s Stride, two huge rocks that the folklore hero once supposedly jumped between.
The final section drops past Cratcliffe Rocks and rises to Rowtor Rocks, a series of caves, rooms, alcoves, tunnels, flights of stone steps, and more on the outskirts of Birchover. It is a short-step back to the campsite from here.