Friday 7th May 2010
I was joined today by fellow OFC member Angela and her dog Bailey who were holidaying in the Peak District. Angela had recently commented on the OFC board that she fancies walking around the Earl Sterndale area again and as I hadn't visited it for a couple of years I thought it was about time I returned there as well. Parkhouse Hill has been on my to do list for some time now, but as it has a very narrow ridge it's a hill I have never fancied doing on my own. Angela was more than happy to venture over the narrow ridge, so we had the first part of the route sorted.
Start: Earl Sterndale (SK 0903 6703)
Route: Earl Sterndale - Hitter Hill - Parkhouse Hill - Chrome Hill - High Edge - Dowel Dale - Earl Sterndale
Distance: 5.75 miles Ascent: 418 metres Time Taken: 4 hours 25 minutes
Terrain: Generally good paths but narrow ridges, with some scrambling, on two of the hills.
Weather: Dry and warm when the sun was out but cold and windy when it wasn't.
Pub visited: None Ale Drunk: None
The walk starts opposite the infamous
Quiet Woman pub. The sign is thought to depict a nagging wife
Looking back to Earl Sterndale from the path to Hitter Hill.
The view across to the pointed Hind Low, from Hitter Hill.
Over the brow of Hitter Hill and the main
two objectives of the day
Approaching Parkhouse Hill, the climb up it was every bit as steep as it looks.
Getting close to the summit of Parkhouse
Hill and this is the widest bit of the summit ridge.
Angela's dog Bailey isn't too sure about posing on Parkhouse Hill's summit.
The view of the Upper Dove Valley from Parkhouse Hill.
Looking towards Dowel Dale and Upper Edge, which we would cross later in the walk.
The view down Parkhouse Hill's ridge from the summit.
Safely down the ridge and approaching Sugarloaf.
Chrome Hill from the lower slopes of Parkhouse Hill .................
..................... and in reverse, Parkhouse Hill from Chrome Hill.
The view back along the lower ridge of
Chrome Hill to Parkhouse Hill,
The same view from higher up Chrome Hill.
Looking along the Upper Dove Valley from Chrome Hill's summit.
In the opposite direction the view extends
as far as Axe Edge
Bailey poses in the natural arch, which isn't far from Chrome Hill's summit.
A small section of limestone pavement as we follow the path across High Edge.
Looking back to High Edge's summit. It now
appears that you can get to the summit
As we approached Greensides farm we came
across this tiny lamb sat by the stile.
Looking back to High Edge.
Looking down on Dowel Dale from Upper Edge.
You get a good view of the cliffs on Parkhouse Hill from Upper Edge.
Hitter Hill and High Wheeldon.
St Michael's church in Earl Sterndale. The
only church in Derbyshire
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