Nine Ladies Stone Circle Walk
This walk visits the fascinating Bronze Age stone circle of the Nine Ladies in the Derbyshire Peak District.
The walk starts from the village of Birchover on the edge of Stanton Moor. From here you can pick up country lanes to take you to the moor, passing the Barton Hill quarries and the noteworthy Cork Stone on the way. On the moor you can then follow nice footpaths up to the stone circle. Here you will find the 9 upright stones thought to depict nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday. The site dates from the Bronze age about 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.
After exploring the site you can follow other trails south past the stone tower on the eastern side of the moor. The Reform or Earl Grey Tower, was built by William Pole Thornhill and dedicated to the Reform Act 1832. After passing the structure other trails then lead you back to the village where you can enjoy refreshments at one of the pubs or cafes.
For an alternative walk to the site you could park on the Lees Road just to the north of the stone circle. See the Stanton Moor Walk for more details.
To further continue your walking in the area you could visit Sheepwalk wood just north of the moor. Two long distance footpaths also run past the western and eastern side of the area. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way can be followed through Darley Dale to Matlock along the River Derwent. The Limestone Way can be followed towards nearby Youlgreave.