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Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies



Covered in bilberry, heather and patches of birch forest, Stanton Moor is a beautiful place at any time of year. There’s a lot of interest for little people in a fairly small area – climbing boulders, quarries, hide-and-seek forest and the bronze age Nine Ladies stone circle. I thought this might make a good pushchair walk, but on reflection I think it’s more of a backpack carrier job. However if you really want to visit and can’t carry your child, the first half would be OK with an all-terrain buggy – after you get past the first rough 100m the path becomes flat and smooth, but you’ll need to return from the Nine Ladies the way you came.

  • AREA: Birchover
  • DISTANCE: 1-2 miles
  • FACILITIES: There’s a good pub in Birchover, the Druid Inn
  • PARKING: By the side of the lane
  • GRADIENT: Flat with some small hills
  • TERRAIN: Variable unformed paths
  • OS MAP: OS Explorer White Peak

A birch tree on Stanton Moor in autumn

A birch tree on Stanton Moor in autumn

Taking a Soreen break beside the Nine Ladies stone circle

Taking a Soreen break beside the Nine Ladies stone circle

  1. Park beside the dead tree on the lane from Birchover to Stanton in the Peak (it’s a couple of hundred metres past the stone works, on the right).
  2. Go through the gate into the moor – if you have a pushchair, don’t panic, as the first 100m are the roughest. Go gently uphill until you reach the large standing stone with climbing rungs known as the Cork Stone.
  3. Turn left at the Cork Stone, staying left again at the grassy track junction just ahead. Continue following this sand and grass track roughly northwards, passing quarries on your left.
  4. Soon the track enters a patch of forest. At the vague fork, take the right-hand track slightly downhill, crossing the grassy copse to rejoin the main track on the far side.
  5. Soon the track enters a patch of forest. At the vague fork, take the right-hand track slightly downhill, crossing the grassy copse to turn right onto the main track on the far side.
  6. Keep following the main track, staying right at the next track junction after a tree in the middle of the path. Soon you will see the King Stone – a low lump of rock – in the path ahead. Continue on until you reach the Nine Ladies stone circle.
  7. Return by the same path if using an all-terrain buggy / pushchair. Otherwise, turn sharply right onto the sandy and rocky track heading slightly uphill (it makes a V with the one you came in on, so you are nearly doubling back on yourself, but not quite!).
  8. Follow this track over the moor until a four-way junction with another large track. Turn right here to return to the Cork Stone and the car.

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