Ox Stones - Peak District Walk

Friday 20th March 2009

The first walk of the year in a short sleeve T-shirt seems to signal that spring is here at last. I set out planning to reverse a route I did about 18 months ago but then I discovered a concessionary path across Rud Hill, which isn't marked on the map and saved me having to walk along the road. I set out later than usual as I was hoping the haze might lift during the day, but it didn't, so there are no good distant views and by the end of the walk the sun was also affecting the shots, but it was great to be out walking again.

Start: Hollin Bank car park (SK 2374 8381)

Route: Hollin Bank car park - Stanage Edge - Stanedge Pole - White Stones - Ox Stones (TP) - Houndkirk Road - Burbage Rocks - Cowper Stones (TP) - Stanage Edge - Stanage Plantation - Hollin Bank car park

Distance: 9.5 miles     Ascent: 422 metres      Time Taken: 4 hours 30 mins

Terrain: Easy to follow paths, boggy across the moorland.

Weather: Warm and sunny, with a blue sky.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


Stanage Edge

Looking along the section of Stanage Edge I wouldn't walk along today.

High Neb

High Neb in the distance.

Stanedge Pole

Following the clear track to Stanedge Pole.

Stanedge Pole

Stanedge Pole.

White Stones

Looking across to White Stones from Stanedge Pole.

Redmires Reservoirs

Two of the three Redmires Reservoirs come into view.

Redmires Reservoirs

One of the reservoirs is completely empty and judging by the yellow vehicles I could see they are working on it.

Boundary Stone

A boundary stone on route to White Stones.

White Stones

White Stones is simply a large scattering of boulders on the hillside.

Redmires Reservoirs

Looking down on Redmires Reservoirs from White Stones.

Rud Hill

Following the clear path to the shelter on Rud Hill. It's not on the map but the shelter and clear path suggests it's been in use for some time.

Ox Stones

Ox Stones.

Ox Stones Trig

Looking back to Ox Stones form the trig point.

Houndkirk Road

Sheffield is nearly lost in the haze as I look back along the sandy Houndkirk Road.

Houndkirk Hill

Houndkirk Hill.

Higger Tor

Higger Tor, I was tempted to extend the walk to include it but I needed to be home by 5:00 and I didn't have enough time available.

Burbage Rocks

Instead I took the path below Burbage Rocks, which was a first for me. I usually opt to walk along the top.

Rud Hill

Looking back across the moor from Cowper Stone to Rud Hill (C) and Ox Stones which are just about visible on the right.

Stanage  Edge Trig

Stanage Edge trig, taken into the sunlight.

Stanage Edge

Looking along Stanage Edge from Cowper Stone. Win Hill is just about visible to the left of the shot.

Stanage Edge

Looking back to Stanage Edge from the car park.


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