GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Stanton Moor

2 miles (3.5 km)

This upland area near the Derbyshire village of Stanon-in-Peak has good walking trails, attractive woodland and fascinating ancient historical sites to visit.
You can start the walk at the village of Stanon-in-Peak near Matlock. The village has a 19th century Parish Church, Stanton Hall stately home and several fine stone houses. Just to the east of the village you can pick up public footpaths to take you across the moor. The area is geologically significant with severalpillars of sandstone dotted around the edge of Stanton Moor. There are also fourBronze Agestone circles including the well known Nine Ladies. The site is owned by English Heritage and is a popular attraction for walkers and photpgraphers.
You could also start your walk from the village of Birchover to the south of Stanton Moor, if you prefer. See the Nine Ladies Stone Circle Walk for more details.
The village is also located near the splendid rock formation at Robin Hood's Stride andDoll Tor stone circle which dates from the bronze age.
To extend 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.

Postcode

DE4 2LQ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Stanton Moor OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Stanton Moor Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Birchover Walk starts from the nearby village. It visits the moor and stone circle before heading to Darley Bridge.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Peak District Walks page.

Photos

Stanton Lees from Stanton Moor - geograph.org.uk - 1620993

Stanton Lees from Stanton Moor. Behind lies Darley Dale in the Derwent valley, with the main part of the village on the right of the picture and the Firth Rixon rolling mills plant on the left.

Stanton Moor - Footpath Approach to the Cork Stone - geograph.org.uk - 959852

Footpath approach to the Cork Stone

Stanton Moor Tower - geograph.org.uk - 2031787

Stanton Moor Tower

Triangulation Pillar on Stanton Moor - geograph.org.uk - 2282670

Triangulation Pillar and viewpoint

Nine Ladies stone circle, Stanton Moor - geograph.org.uk - 2360408

Nine Ladies stone circle

Stanton Moor, gritstone outcrops - geograph.org.uk - 1455691

Gritstone outcrops

Stanton Moor, heather, gorse and silver birch - geograph.org.uk - 1455696

Heather, gorse and silver birch

Fence and information board - geograph.org.uk - 1620927

Fence and information board. The fence is to keep in the re-introduced sheep. In my opinion that's a shame it has been interesting to see how the moor has been slowly reverting to (mainly) birch woodland since the sheep were taken off, probably about 35 years ago. Derbyshire is not short of sheep-grazed moorland, but a natural mixed wood - that's something special.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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