Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Dragons back

In an attempt to beat the weather we left Chesterfield early, our plan to walk some rather shapely hills in the white peak. We planned too walk over Chrome Hill and Parkhouse hill near Earl Sterndale. It's a limestone ridge shaped rather like the back of a dragon (thank's Mike Harding).

We started from Glutton Grange (GR 085671) not far from Earl Sterndale and at the end of a pretty little dale (Glutton Dale). A public footpath from here heads towards Parkhouse hill. Our 4 mile route is shown below (a more detailed map is on open street map Link to interactive map on open street map).

This is not picturesque, but it fascinated Keisha and Louis reminding us all of one of the Harry Potter films with the flying car that got smashed up by the whomping willow, oh yes so proud of my Harry Potter trivia!
It was quite cool but perfect for walking, a nice bright day making it quite pleasant.
This area is a special site of scientific interest because of its variety of flowers we stopped to study these along with odd kestrel hovering in search of its prey.

We all enjoyed the first ridge of Parkhouse hill it was not too challenging to gain this. The descent was rather steep, muddy and slippy this worn path provided the best way down, the challenge seemed to be not to get too muddy, we all relished this! Concern here as one of my companions does not entirely approve of bog trotting... as you might read a later later this is somewhat contradictory. I am relieved to say!

There was a lot of love on this walk!

The views looking back along the ridge were fantastic!

We all had a lot of fun posing, including myself!

Although my map had the borders of open country marked correctly it did not show the paths or rights of way. We had walked over permissive and public footpaths over Chrome Hill and Parkhouse hill, however our return route via Swallow brook required us to connect with a track, this connection was a challenge that I would not recommend. The recommended route is to continue from Chrome Hill to Tor rock and stoop farm. There is a number of possibilities to go over Hollins Hill (which looks nice) towards the village of Hollinsclough.

Testing our new walking boots.... yes rather waterproof until the water goes over the top of the boot! Louis looked on disapprovingly!

A GPX file on Open Street Map shows the full route.

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