Axe Edge Moor
This expansive area of moorland near Buxton has some fine walking trails to try.
The moor sits in an elevated position some (551 metres (1,808 ft) above sea level. It is notable as the source of the River Dove, River Manifold, River Dane, River Wye and River Goyt.
This walk takes you from Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park to the old pack horse bridge at Three Shires Head. It uses a section of the Dane Valley Way to explore the area.
Start the walk at the car park at Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park, located on the eastern side of the moor. From here you can pick up the Dane Valley Way and follow it south west on to the moor. It will take you to Orchard Common before coming to Three Shires Head. It's a very picturesque spot where the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet. There's a fine Grade II-listed packhorse bridge over the River Dane and lots of pretty waterfalls to see here too.
The route then heads north from the bridge past Cut-thorn Hill towards Danebower Hollow and Cheshire Knowl. Here the trail passes the old Danebower quarries and Reeve- Edge quarries before returning to Orchard Common. You then retrace your steps, passing Cheeks Hill and Dane Head before returning to the car park in the park.
Axe Edge Moor Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Axe Edge Moor Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Axe Edge Moor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Axe Edge Moor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The country park has a nice cafe for refreshments after your walk. On the western side of the moor there's the noteworthy Cat and Fiddle Inn. It is the second-highest pub in Britain at a height of 1,689 feet (515 m). If you take a detour from the route around Danebower Hollow you can visit the pub. It's located at a postcode of SK11 0AR for your sat navs.
The expansive moorland makes for a fine walk with your dog.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
At the north western edge of the moor there's a popular climb at Shining Tor and Cats Tor. There's fine views across the moor from this viewpoint. In this area you'll also find some easy waterside walking around Lamaload Reservoir, Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir.
A few miles to the east there's another excellent climb to Chrome Hill. There's fine views over the Dove Valley from this viewpoint.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.