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Higger Tor, Burbage Rocks, Stanage Edge – rugged names for rugged places! This weekend walking tour takes you to the wild heart of the Peaks, with bolder-strewn hillsides, Iron Age forts and soaring ridges among the many attractions
The Peak District is the second most-visited National Park in the world (Japan’s Mount Fuji National Park is the first), and with good reason. With rolling, rounded hills, densely wooded valleys and patchwork farmlands, this is a quintessentially British landscape. Yet look closer and you’ll discover the true diversity of the Peaks; gritstone escarpments, heather moorland, blanket peat bogs and lead rakes are just some of the unusual habitats to be found. The Peak District also has a rich cultural heritage. There are abundant Stone and Iron Ages sites, as well as roads and monuments left by the Romans, who are known to have made use of the now famous spring at Buxton. More recent additions to the landscape include towering railway viaducts from the nineteenth century and the majestic Chatsworth, voted Britain’s favourite country house.
This weekend walking tour gets you up close and personal with the awesome landscape of the Peaks. From your base in Hathersage, you’ll begin the trail with a climb up to bolder-strewn Higger Tor and Burbage Rocks. You’ll pass the Iron Age fort at Carl Wark before following the spectacular ridge along Froggatt and Curber Edges. It’s then down to the River Derwent and the many quaint waterside villages. The second day again begins with a climb, this time up to North Lees Hall, made famous by Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre. You’ll then head for Stanage Edge, a spectacular ridge with commanding views over the valleys below, before descending to Hathersage, where the tour comes to a close.
A great tour covering some of England’s most rugged countryside. Be warned though that you’ll need to be in pretty good shape for this walk. Although you’re not covering any mammoth distances – your first day is either 10 or 14 miles while the second is just seven miles – there are several stiff climbs up onto the ridges, so some hill-walking experience is desirable. Rest assured it’s not all uphill; there are plenty of valley villages with cosy pubs and decent regional ales. The tour is self-guided (you’ll be given a detailed map with route notes) so you can explore the countryside under your own steam, leaving plenty of time for photography, wildlife-spotting and other interests. Then at the end of the day you can put your feet up back at the inn, which is carefully chosen for comfort and good food.
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