Peak District walk from Youlgrave to Robin Hoods Stride, Derbyshire
This walk goes from limestone dales at the bottom of the valley to gritstone moor above. There are several interesting features along the way - Robin Hood's Stride, Cratcliff Tor and the Bronze and Iron Age remains on Harthill Moor.
Youlgreave to Elton via Harthill Moor
|This short but varied walk covers an area of different landscapes with rapidly changing scenery - from limestone dales at the bottom of the valley to gritstone moor above. There are several interesting features along the way - Robin Hood's Stride, Cratcliff Tor and the Bronze and Iron Age remains on Harthill Moor. It is an ideal walk for a crisp winter's day, or a summer evening.|
You should now be climbing quite steeply with the outline of Castle Ring silhouetted against the skyline slightly to your left. This is an Iron Age hillfort, and from this angle you can clearly see why this site was chosen. A track comes in from the right - follow it around and up the hill, then pass left through a stile to take a path which passes diagonally up the hillside just below Castle Ring, which is on private ground.
The stride is well worth a visit and a scramble, as is Cratcliff Tor, which lies about 200 metres to the east. However, the route takes the track which passes to the north of the stride and continues down to the B5056 below. When you reach it, don't go on to this road but turn right up the tiny lane which heads to the south. This is called Dudwood Lane and it leads up the hill towards Elton, which is to the right of the top of the lane, about a kilometre and a half distant. If you prefer, you can cut the corner by taking a path which turns off the lane to the right and traverses across the fields to the village. Go through Elton on the road to Gratton and at the end of the village turn right along the road to Alport - this is the Harthill Moor road again. After 500 metres it makes a sharp right turn - take a track which continues straight on, to the west of Anthony Hill - a prominent hill which has been heavily quarried. Pass the spoil heaps and exit via a stile at the end, then turn right to contour around the hillside, following a wall.
You emerge at the top of the hill overlooking Youlgreave, and there is a splendid view of the village. Follow the farm track down to Mawstone Farm and take the path to the right (east) of the farm buildings and descend the fields directly towards Youlgreave. This leads onto the track which goes up to Mawstone Mine, a now abandoned lead and spar mine, and then back to the road from whence you started.
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