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East Staffordshire Group

We are the East Staffordshire Ramblers. We open the way for everyone in the East Staffordshire area to enjoy the pleasures of walking.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking

Overview

From Rowsley we ascend on lanes, paths and through woods to the edge of Stanton Moor.  On the way we pass close to the towering cliff of Endcliffe Quarry, an old excavation complete with discarded stone grinding wheels.  In 2006 there was an application to reopen the quarry and the surrounding woods were occupied by protesters (Swampy?) who lived there for a considerable time in tree houses.  Thankfully the  application was unsuccessful. 

We reach the Reform Tower on the edge of the moor built in 1832 in memory of Earl Grey and then continue along the edge observing terrific views towards Darley Dale and Winster, eventually leaving to follow field paths and a lane to Uppertown and on to Birchover. 

After exploring countryside around Birchover village we return to a different part of Stanton Moor passing the Cork Stone and Nine Ladies stone circle, a small early Bronze Age stone circle traditionally believed to depict nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday.  

We return to Rowsley via the edge of Stanton in Peak village, with great views up the Wye valley towards Haddon Hall and Bakewell, descending steeply to the hamlet of Congreave, over the Wye bridge and on to the car park.  

       

Wednesday, 13 December 2023
Start time:
10:00 am
Estimated finish time:
2:45 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
14km / 8.7mi
Ascent:
N/A
Type:
circular

A memorable walk through dramatic Peak District countryside with wonderful all round views.

Features

  • Car parking available

Starting point

Grid reference:
SK 25831 65875
Nearest postcode:
DE4 2EL
what3words:
unstable.wasp.parked
Start time:
10:00 am

Derbyshire Dales District Council free car park in Rowsley. Old Station Close is a turn off on A6 almost opposite the Grouse and Claret pub.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking