Black Rocks - Peak District Walk

Wednesday 18th July 2007

This is a walk that being close to home I often do by myself but this evening I was joined by John who being a local hadn't been here since he was much younger. I had often wondered how you got onto the top of Black Rocks although I had never really made much of an effort to find out. Needless to say John headed straight for the track which gives you very easy access to the top of the rocks and on a day like today it was well worth following to enjoy the views from the top.

Start: High Peak Junction car park (SK 3146 5608)

Route: High Peak Junction - High Peak Trail - Black Rocks - Bolehill (TP) - Big Plantation - High Peak Trail - High Peak Junction

Distance: 3.5 miles     Ascent: 308 metres      Time Taken: 2 hrs

Weather: Warm with plenty of evening sun.

Pub Visited: George & Dragon, Belper    Ale Drunk: Tetley Bitter

Route Map >>


River Derwent

A fast moving River Derwent.

Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal is more than a little full of oxygenating plants.

Cromford Junction

Cromford Junction, the start of the High Peak Trail.

High Peak Trail

Parts of the High Peak Trail were surprisingly dark due to the trees being full of leaves.

Black Rocks

The back of Black Rocks.

The track, well hidden, which takes you to the top of the rocks.

Black Rocks

The top of Black Rocks.

Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath from the top of Black Rocks.

Black Rocks

Plenty of modern graffiti etched into the rocks.

Riber Castle

Riber Castle.

Middleton Moor

Middleton Moor from the top of Black Rocks.

One way up and down is via this slope, although there is a bit of a stretch/scramble at the bottom.

Crich Stand

Crich Stand.

Bolehill trig

Bolehill's trig.

Carsington Reservoir

Looking south-west from the summit towards Carsington Reservoir.

Carsington Reservoir

A close-up of the reservoir. It was announced today that an application to put a wind-farm on Carsington Pastures, overlooking the reservoir and close to Harboro Rocks was rejected by the local planning authority. Nice to see them getting it right for once.

Big Plantation

Looking east across Big Plantation which now has a view following the felling of the trees around the summit.


Holloway catches some late evening sunshine.

Cromford Junction

High Peak Junction.


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