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Rowsley, Stanton Moor and Stanton Woodhouse

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Rowsley, Stanton Moor and Stanton Woodhouse
Author: mumnpets, Published: 29 Dec 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Derbyshire, White Peak
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Rowsley, Stanton Moor and Stanton Woodhouse
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A circular walk starting from a layby in the village of Rowsley. Rowsley has many attractions to keep visitors busy including the Peak Village shopping complex, Caudwell Mill and Peak Rail (a heritage steam railway), along with several walks in the area. This walk follows the River Wye for a short section before climbing at varying degrees of steepness to reach Stanton Moor. On the moor if you wish you could take a slight detour to explore the ancient Nine Ladies stone circle. This is a set of nine small stones set upright on the inside of a stone bank, traditionally believed to depict nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday. It is part of a complex of prehistoric circles and standing stones on Stanton Moor. Stanton Woodhouse is also passed along the walk, once a shooting lodge belonging to the Duke of Rutland. It is a surprisingly large manor house of the later 16th century. In the 1900s it was used for a time as a maternity hospital and residential home for the elderly but is now a private house.

The first half of the walk up to Stanton Moor is nearly all uphill and some sections are very steep. From the top of the moor it is mainly downhill back to Rowsley. As the walk crosses several sections of farmland be aware that these could contain livestock so please take care if walking with dogs. On the walk you will need to negotiate exposed tree roots, stony paths, steps, areas of mud and slippery grass banks. There are several stiles including fence, wall and squeeze types to negotiate as well as a selection of gates. The correct map for this walk is Explorer OL 24: The Peak District White Peak Area.

Rowsley lies on the A6 around 4.5 miles north of Matlock and 3.5 miles south-east of Bakewell.

From Matlock: At the roundabout in the town centre (the one with a crown on it) turn left to follow the A615 over the river bridge and, as you reach the cross roads, turn right onto the A6. Pass Sainsburys on the left and continue until you reach a roundabout. Turn left signed Darley Dale, Rowsley and Bakewell. Follow the A6 to Rowsley. Just after crossing a bridge and at the traffic lights, turn left down Woodhouse Road. Follow the road passing the mill on the right to continue over the river bridge. The road bends right, this is Peak Tor Lane. After a short distance you reach a lay-by next to a recreation ground. This is the starting place of the walk.

From Bakewell: At the roundabout in the town centre follow the A6 signed for Matlock. As you reach Rowsley and see the Peacock Hotel on the left, turn right up Woodhouse Road. Follow the road passing the mill on the right to continue over the river bridge. The road bends right, this is Peak Tor Lane. After a short distance you reach a lay-by next to a recreation ground. This is the starting place of the walk.

If the lay-by is full, drive a little further along the road and there is a small car park on the left (look for the telegraph pole as the car park is not signed).

The nearest post code is DE4 2EB which is for Caudwells Mill Craft Centre, Bakewell Rd, Matlock, Rowsley, Derbyshire. Please Note: The car park at the mill is strictly for people visiting mill, so please do not park here.
Toilets can be found in the mill café and also at the Peak Village shopping complex.

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Walk Sections

Start to Right Turn
Start to Right Turn

Start point: 53.1873 lat, -1.617 long
End point: 53.1867 lat, -1.6213 long

With your back to the lay-by turn left along the road (take care as there is no footpath) and as the road bends left go through a small wooden gate on the right.

Right Turn to Marker Post
Right Turn to Marker Post

Start point: 53.1867 lat, -1.6213 long
End point: 53.1855 lat, -1.6275 long

Follow the river bank for a few yards then bear slightly left along the grassy track that skirts the hillside. The river is down on the right and a copse of trees sits high on the hill. Follow the track uphill and at a marker post bear right across the meadow.

Marker Post to Gate Into Woods
Marker Post to Gate Into Woods

Start point: 53.1855 lat, -1.6275 long
End point: 53.1845 lat, -1.6296 long

Head for a wall in the right-hand field corner and go through a small wooden gate.

Gate Into Woods to Minor Road
Gate Into Woods to Minor Road

Start point: 53.1845 lat, -1.6296 long
End point: 53.1845 lat, -1.6323 long

Follow the path as it bends right down through the woodland. Pass over a stream via two wooden gates. Walk forward up the steep bank bearing slightly right (this area can be boggy). As the path bends left head for a squeeze stile, pass through it and follow the track between a wall and farm buildings until you reach a minor road. Turn left along the road.

Minor Road to Way Marker on Right
Minor Road to Way Marker on Right

Start point: 53.1845 lat, -1.6323 long
End point: 53.1827 lat, -1.6321 long

Follow the road as it winds steeply uphill (take care as there is no footpath) and as the gradient eases turn right at a way marker sign.

Way Marker on Right to Fence Stile onto Road
Way Marker on Right to Fence Stile onto Road

Start point: 53.1827 lat, -1.6321 long
End point: 53.18 lat, -1.6333 long

After passing through the gate, follow the path across the field to go through a further small wooden gate. Continue to follow the path over the next field and, as the path bears left, walk steeply uphill (slippery if wet) to reach a steep flight of steps leading to a fence stile. Cross the stile onto the road (taking care of any traffic as there is no footpath). Look back here and you will have great views down the Wye Valley.

Fence Stile onto Road to Left Turn
Fence Stile onto Road to Left Turn

Start point: 53.18 lat, -1.6333 long
End point: 53.1788 lat, -1.6347 long

Turn right and follow the road past Beighton House on the left. Shortly after passing the house drive, turn left at a way marker post.

Left Turn to Cricket Pitch
Left Turn to Cricket Pitch

Start point: 53.1788 lat, -1.6347 long
End point: 53.1755 lat, -1.6344 long

Climb a short steep flight of steps to follow the path, steeply at first then easing slightly as it turns to the right and winds through the woodland. When the path eventually becomes a wide gravel track, continue passing the cricket pitch on the right. You will now have a good view of Stanton in the peak on the right.

Cricket Pitch to Right Turn for Stanton Moor
Cricket Pitch to Right Turn for Stanton Moor

Start point: 53.1734 lat, -1.6359 long
End point: 53.1739 lat, -1.6327 long

Follow this wide track until you reach the minor road, then turn sharp left. Follow the road uphill for approximately 200 metres and, as the road levels off, turn right at a prominent footpath, signed Stanton Moor. Go through a small wooden gate which is set back from the road.

Right Turn for Stanton Moor to Stile
Right Turn for Stanton Moor to Stile

Start point: 53.1719 lat, -1.6312 long
End point: 53.1684 lat, -1.6274 long

Follow the path across the field passing through a gate opening and on to a further small wooden gate which is signed 'access land'.

Follow the track between a wall and woodland to pass through a small gate. Here you will see an information plaque on the right informing you about Stanton Moor. Continue until you reach a fork of paths, bear left to reach a stile ahead. (Here, if you wish, you could take a detour to visit the stone circle by turning right and following the path for a short distance, returning to this point to continue.)

Stile to Gap in Wall
Stile to Gap in Wall

Start point: 53.1684 lat, -1.6274 long
End point: 53.1716 lat, -1.6263 long

Cross the stile and turn sharp left, following the path down through the woods. (Take care as it is very uneven underfoot due to many tree roots). At the bottom of the woods, and as the path curves sharp right, bear left keeping a wall on the left to locate a gap in the broken wall (This is not signed and could easily be missed).

Gap in Wall to Road Junction
Gap in Wall to Road Junction

Start point: 53.1716 lat, -1.6263 long
End point: 53.1724 lat, -1.6262 long

Cross the meadow to a wall stile which leads onto a minor road. Turn right and follow the road to reach a road junction, turn right again.

Road Junction to Left Turn
Road Junction to Left Turn

Start point: 53.1707 lat, -1.6239 long
End point: 53.1685 lat, -1.6227 long

Follow the road for approximately 250 metres passing an exit path from the woods on the right and, a little further on, you should turn left walking up through the bracken towards the trees (this is a fairly indistinct path that is not signed - see picture for guidance).

Left turn to Stanton Woodhouse
Left turn to Stanton Woodhouse

Start point: 53.1685 lat, -1.6227 long
End point: 53.1706 lat, -1.6213 long

Bear left following a wire fence on the right to reach a metal gate. Go through the gate and follow the path across the next field passing through a gate opening. Continue on a wide track as it winds downhill for just under a quarter of a mile to reach a large metal gate. Go through this onto the farm track and turn right following the track between the cottages of Stanton Woodhouse.

Stanton Woodhouse to End
Stanton Woodhouse to End

Start point: 53.1763 lat, -1.6179 long
End point: 53.1769 lat, -1.6173 long

Continue downhill along the track until a sharp right-hand bend is reached. Turn left at a marker post and go through a large gate. Immediately turn right, following a wall on the right to go through a kissing gate onto the minor road (which has no footpath so take care of traffic). Turn left and follow the road for 3/4 of a mile turning left at the end, back to the lay-by and the end of the walk.

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2 responses to "Rowsley, Stanton Moor and Stanton Woodhouse"

Really excellent walk. A lot of variation with fields, woodland tracks and open moorland. We extended the walk and from the nine ladies stone circle headed south in to the cork stone and then a circular loop on Stanton Moor. Heather was superb. Would have rated higher but scale only goes to 5. Great walk for the dog

By mike on 2015-08-12 16:50:41

excellent walk really enjoyed. all the rain recently made it messy under foot but well worth getting messy. theres plenty of alternative routes around to explore so will be doing this walk a few times

By cobrakit on 2016-01-14 20:37:12

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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