Robin Hood's Stride
This walk visits Robin Hood's Stride, a wonderful rock formation near Bakewell in Derbyshire.
The walk starts from the free Cratcliffe Parking area just south of the site. The roadside parking area is located on the B5056 just west of Birchover. Head south down the road and then turn turn right to link up with the Limestone Way. You can follow this waymarked footpath north to visit the photogenic rocks and viewpoint. It's a popular spot for rock climbing and walking with the atmospheric site surrounded by some lovely countryside. Local legend says it is a spot where Robin Hood once stood to look out on his surroundings.
On the way you'll also pass the Hermit's Cave and Cratcliff where there are more interesting rock formations. Just to the north there's the Bronze Age Nine Stones Close Stone Circle to visit if you have time.
PostcodeDE4 2LZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Robin Hood's Stride Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Robin Hood's Stride Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Robin Hood's Stride OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Robin Hood's Stride Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Birchover is only a mile east of the site where you'll find some nice pubs to relax in. The Red Lion dates back to 1680 and includes oak beams, stone walls, log burners and a nice patio area. Just up the street there's also The Druid Inn to try. It too has an interesting history having once been the meeting place of the Druids who used the sites around the village for ceremonial worship in ancient times.
The rocks and the surrounding woodland are a nice place to take your dog for a walk. The Birchover village pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend your walking in the area pick up the circular Birchover Walk to visit the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor and Darley Dale.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks and the Peak District Walks pages.