Birchover is larger than first appears, with rows of cottages clustered along a road which heads straight up the hillside to the historically significant Stanton Moor. It is a very good centre for exploring both Stanton Moor and Harthill Moor on the opposite side of the valley.

At the bottom of the village is the Druid Inn and there is a church hidden in a hollow below it. The church has some unusual paintings which seem more appropriate to the namesakes of the Inn than a church. Behind the Druid Inn is Rowtor Rocks, a small gritstone tor with a fine view similar to the better-known Robin Hood's Stride across the valley from it. It contains several finely balanced rocking stones which can be moved by the application of a shoulder. One of these could once be moved easily by hand, but was shifted from its position as a prank by fourteen young men on Whit Sunday 1799 and although it was replaced it is not now so finely balanced. The steps and seats which are carved out of the rock here were the work of the Reverend Thomas Eyre, the builder of the village church.

At the top of the village there is an active and important stone-cutting works and behind this are quarries where high-quality gritstone is extracted for building purposes.

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Birchover Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
Stanton Moor - the Andle Stone with Youlgrave behind
0 - Stanton Moor - the Andle Stone with Youlgrave behind
Birchover view
1 - Birchover view
Stanton Moor - Cork Stone
2 - Stanton Moor - Cork Stone
Stanton Moor - the 9 ladies stone circle
3 - Stanton Moor - the 9 ladies stone circle
Cratcliffe Tor
4 - Cratcliffe Tor
Winster - Old Market Hall
5 - Winster - Old Market Hall
Winster Dower House
6 - Winster Dower House
Winster Hall
7 - Winster Hall
Winster street
8 - Winster street
Robin Hoods Stride
9 - Robin Hoods Stride
Harthill Moor - The Nine Stones
10 - Harthill Moor - The Nine Stones
Local places of interest

Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley

Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley, Derbyshire, is a working 19th century flour mill which still mills and sells flour. It is open for guided tours and there is also a mill shop and tea room.

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall, a medieval manor house and home of the Dukes of Rutland, the Manners family, formerly home of the Vernons, in the Peak District by the River Wye near Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham are a tourist centre with two show caves - Rutland Cavern and Great Masson Mine - plus a cable car and other attractions, above Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.

Peak Rail

Peak Rail have re-opened a section of the former Midland railway which ran between Matlock and Buxton. They are based at Rowsley South station and run services from there to Matlock.

Robin Hood's Stride

Robin Hood's Stride is a spectacular tor of gritstone rocks perched on a ridge between Harthill Moor and the Alport-Winster road in the Derbyshire Peak District.

Stanton Moor

Stanton Moor, and the Nine Ladies stone circle, Derbyshire - a scenic area with many bronze age relics and burial mounds overlooking Stanton in Peak and the Wye and Derwent valleys.

Youlgrave Church

Youlgrave or Youlgreave Church, Derbyshire, is one of the finest churches in the Peak District. The tombs of Thomas Cockayne, Sir John Rossington and Roger Rooe are especially fine.

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