Robin Hood's Stride - Peak District Walk

Friday 10th March 2006

Today was one of those days when you wonder if you really want to be doing this. From the start it was all the waterproofs on and watch the rain drip off the peak cap on my coat. With my head down I made a couple of silly errors which resulted in an extra couple of miles (not on the route map or included in the distance) and about an hours extra walking. Oh well at least I found out I need to re-proof my coat before I go to the Lakes in a couple of weeks!! The grey skies mean no great views, although it's not that sort of walk, but one or two interesting features along the way.

Start: Youlgreave car park (SK 2050 6406)

Route: Youlgreave - Bradford Dale - Robin Hood's Stride - Birchover - Stanton Moor - Stanton in Peak - Alport - Bradford Dale - Youlgreave

Distance: 8.25 miles     Ascent: 397 metres      Time Taken: 5 hrs 15 mins

Weather: Rain for the first few hours then clearing with blue sky by the end of the walk.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


Bradford Dale

A damp Bradford Dale.

Spring Wood

The Limestone Way heads up the hill between the two woods and then into Spring Wood on the left.


Youlgreave, the church although predominantly 13/14th century, is Norman in origin.

Spring Wood

Spring Wood, a welcome respite from the rain.

Robin Hood's Stride

Robin Hood's Stride, about which there seem to be several folk tales.

Nine Stones

Although there only appear to be 4 stones this Bronze Age ritual and burial site is called Nine Stones.

Stanton Moor

Stanton Moor in the rain.

Reform Tower

The Reform Tower on Stanton Moor, built to commemorate Earl Grey's Reform Bill of 1832.

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Nine Ladies Stone Circle on Stanton Moor. Apparently they were nine ladies
who were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath.

Bradford River

My first sighting of snowdrops in the wild this year next (left) to the Bradford river in Alport.


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