Thursday 4th January 2007
Mud. mud, glorious mud will be my most abiding memory from this walk. Fields that should have taken 5 minutes to cross took 15 as I tried to avoid the deep, wet mud and standing pools of water that filled the first few fields that I crossed. To say that the ground is saturated is probably an understatement. Once I was clear of the fields and it stopped raining this was a very pleasant and easy walk that takes in quite a few pre-historic sites and monuments.
Start: Elton (SK 2218 6097)
Route: Elton - Robin Hood's Stride - Birchover - Andle Stone - Stanton Moor (TP) - Birchover - Elton
Distance: 7 miles Ascent: 343 metres Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes
Weather: Rain to start then sunshine with the odd light shower.
Pub visited: None Ale Drunk: None
Leaving Elton and looking across some very wet and muddy fields towards the edge of Harthill Moor.
Robin Hood's Stride which is possibly a temple from the Neolithic period.
Robin Hood's Stride, more impressive from a distance than close up.
Cratcliff Tor which is opposite Robin Hood's Stride.
The Millennium Stone in Birchover.
The Andle Stone, a possible altar in prehistoric
times. Strictly speaking
On closer inspection it is possible to see the footholds that have been worn into the stone over time.
The view to the north of the
Andle Stone is quite extensive and probably explains
Looking further round to the right, in a north-easterly direction, it is possible to see as far as Longstone Edge.
The Cork Stone which I am told
has a perfectly formed basin carved into
Looking across Stanton Moor to Beeley Moor.
Stanton Moor's trig point.
The King Stone looking down on the Nine Ladies of Stanton Moor.
Nine Ladies Stone Circle on
Stanton Moor with no protesters camped alongside as they
Looking south from Stanton Moor with Cowley Knowl centre and Riber Castle just visible on the hill behind.
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