Robin Hood's Stride, Harthill Moor, Derbyshire Peak District
The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages
Robin Hood's Stride
An alternative local name is 'Mock Beggar's Hall' and from a distance it is easy to imagine the tumbled rocks and turrets being mistaken for fortifications, especially in semi-darkness or mist. But there are real fortifications nearby, for Harthill Moor Farm, which can be seen from the Stride, is built on the site of Castle Ring, an Iron Age fort. This is one of the forts built along the ancient track known as the Portway, which passed just alongside Robin Hood's Stride.
Just to the north-east lies Cratcliff Tor, an impressive crag made up of huge blocks of gritstone and largely hidden by trees. As well as being one of the hardest gritstone climbing crags of the area it also has a hermit's cave, hidden by an ancient group of yew trees. This was probably inhabited around the 12th century and contains a fine crucifix carved out of the wall of the cave - it is in remarkable condition considering its age.
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How to get there
the B5065 road from the Ashbourne to the A6 just south of Bakewell passes below the Stride. It is possible to park at the road side and walk up from just below Cratcliff Tor. Alternatively, go into Elton and continue through the village towards Gratton but turn off right about 330m from the church, down a single track road.
By Bus: the 172 bus from Bakewell to Matlock, via Yougrave, passes along the B5065 and you can walk to the Stride either from below Cratcliffe Tor, or from Elton village.
When is it open?
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