The Dragon's Back - Peak District Walk

Wednesday 20th September 2006

When I set out today nobody had said anything on the weather about it being particularly windy until much later in the day. I was somewhat surprised therefore to find myself being blown sideways as I started to climb up Chrome Hill, today was certainly not the right day to be walking along a ridge. As the wind seemed to be getting stronger I decided to abandon the climb at the end of the walk to the summit of Wheeldon Hill as I didn't fancy struggling uphill into the strong wind.

Start: Longnor (SK 0884 6492)

Route: Longnor - Parkhouse Hill - Chrome Hill (The Dragon's Back) - Dowel Dale - Earl Sterndale - Green Lane - Longnor

Distance: 6.75 miles     Ascent: 406 metres      Time Taken: 3 hrs 50 mins

Weather: Warm, overcast and windy.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

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Parkhouse Hill

Parkhouse Hill comes into view from the descent to Under the Hill.

Chrome Hill & Parkhouse Hill

Chrome Hill (L) and Parkhouse Hill (R).

Chrome Hill

Chrome Hill, from here it is easy to see why it is also known as the Dragon's Back.

Chrome Hill

Looking up the Dragon's Back.

Parkhouse Hill

Parkhouse Hill requires a head for heights due to its sharp ridge.

Looking down the Dragon's Back

Looking down the Dragon's Back to Parkhouse Hill.

The Dove Valley

From the summit of Chrome Hill, the wide valley in the background is home to the river Dove. It was so windy
on the top the only way I could keep the camera still was to take the picture lying on the ground.

Towards Axe Edge

Looking down the other side of Chrome Hill, with Hollins Hill to the left in the sun and Axe Edge
forming the ridge in the background.

Limestone arch on Chrome Hill

The natural limestone arch which I passed on the descent of Chrome Hill.

Chrome Hill

Looking back up Chrome Hill.

Dowel Dale

Dowel Dale, with Wheeldon Hill behind.

Parkhouse Hill

From this angle the sharp ridge of Parkhouse Hill is more obvious.

Earl Sterndale

The village of Earl Sterndale with Wheeldon Hill behind it.

The Dragon's Back

Chrome Hill's ridge.

Chrome & Parkhouse Hills

The classic view of Chrome Hill (L) and Parkhouse Hill (R).


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