This circular walk climbs the beautiful Chrome Hill in the Upper Dove valley area of the Peak District. You will visit the Chrome and Parkhouse Hills SSSI, an area with fascinating geology and limestone flora.
The walk starts from the little village of Earl Sterndale near Buxton. The village is a popular start point for walks because of its proximity to Dovedale, High Wheeldon Hill, Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill. There is also an old pub called the Quiet Woman where you can find refreshments at the end of your walk.
From Earl Sterndale you follow footpaths to Parkhouse Hill. The distinctive hill sits just to the north of the River Dove and stands at a height of 360 m (1,180 ft). You continue the ascent to the higher Chrome Hill which stands at 425 m (1394 ft). There are wonderful views over the Dove Valley towards the surrounding Peak District Hills.
The walk then descends to Tor Rock and then through Dowel Dale on a nice country lane. You then pick up another footpath to Glutton Grange and Glutton Dale, before returning to Earl Sterndale.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to Buxton and explore Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park. The Dane Valley Way long distance walk also runs through Buxton.
PostcodeSK17 0BU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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In Earl Sterndale you could head to the Quiet Woman for some post walk refreshments. It's in a picturesque location opposite the church and village green. There's a fine interior with a low-beamed room with a real fire to warm yourself next to in the winter months. Outside there's a pub garden to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub at a postcode of SK17 0BU. The pub has an interesting history as it is reputed to be over 400 years old and was in the occupation of the Heathcote family for over 300 years. The name is unusual with only two others in the country.
Not far from the hill and well worth a visit is the Knights' Table at the Travellers Rest. Another historical pub there is a medieval Knights' theme running throughout (relating to the legend of Sir Gawain and the green knight). Inside you'll find open fires, exposed beams and stone paved floors complimented with new medieval style furniture and candles. Outside there's a patio with magnificent Peak District Views from the elevated position of the pub. You can find the pub a few miles west of the hill at Quarnford with a postcode of SK17 0SN for your sat navs.
Pictured above, the Quiet Woman in Earl Sterndale.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles west of the hill you'll find one of the highlights of the area at 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.
There's also the popular climb to High Wheeldon from the historic village of Longnor.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.