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Flash and Three Shires Head

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Flash and Three Shires Head
Author: mumnpets, Published: 07 Nov 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1  Flash and Three Shires Head Walking Guidestar0  Flash and Three Shires Head Walking Guidestar0  Flash and Three Shires Head Walking Guidestar0  Flash and Three Shires Head Walking Guidestar0  Flash and Three Shires Head Walking Guide
Staffordshire, Staffordshire Moorlands
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Flash and Three Shires Head
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot  Flash and Three Shires Head Walking Guide boot  Flash and Three Shires Head Walking Guide boot  Flash and Three Shires Head Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk in the Staffordshire Moors. The walk starts from the village of Flash which claims to be the highest village in England, it is a rather windswept location high on the western gritstone moors. Flash was a tough place to live for farmers, most having to find extra employment in local mills or from mining coal. Most of the old farmsteads are now private houses. The main part of the village consists of a few cottages, a church, a pub and a village school. Flash was noted as the centre for counterfeiting money, which became known as 'flash'. In the 18th century, button presses were used to make counterfeit coins .Some of the gang were hanged at Chester after a servant girl gave them away. Well dressings are held in Flash in the height of summer, a custom dating from medieval time which marks an acknowledgement of the importance of clean water and honours the local spring source. Alongside this runs the Tea Pot Parade, an event where a Marching Band accompanies the villagers carrying a papier-mâché Tea Pot. The teapot parade tradition dates back to 1846, a time when there was no NHS and a Friendly Society was formed. Everyone in the village gave a donation, which was put into a teapot, and the money was then given out to villagers in times of sickness, unemployment and bereavement. The society had more than 700 members at its peak.

On the walk you will need to cross several stiles and pass through several gates. A stream is crossed by either stepping stones or a bridge. Some areas of the paths can be muddy and waterlogged and many sections are stony and uneven. The path up over the moors on the latter part of the walk is sometimes indistinct and is fairly steep with boggy and uneven sections. On a clear day many fine views can be seen. There are no public toilets along the walk. The correct map is OL24 White Peak. Allow 2 hours.

Flash is situated 4 miles south west of Buxton, just off the A53 Buxton to Leek road. There are no designated parking areas in the village but parking at the road side is permitted. Approximate post code is SK17 0SW.

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Walk Sections

Start to Farbrook Farm
Start to Farbrook Farm

Start point: 53.2019 lat, -1.9635 long
End point: 53.1993 lat, -1.974 long

The walk begins from the centre of the village. With the front of the pub on your left, walk along the minor road, Brown Lane, passing the old Wesleyan Chapel on the right. Follow the road for approximately 0.5 miles (the road is narrow with no footpath so take care). At the bottom of the hill and just before the road turns sharp right, go right down the drive to Farbrook Farm.

Farbrook Farm to Stream Stepping Stones
Farbrook Farm to Stream Stepping Stones

Start point: 53.1993 lat, -1.974 long
End point: 53.2015 lat, -1.978 long

The concrete drive leads down between buildings and on through a metal gate. As the path splits, turn left through a gate with a bridleway sign. Follow the narrow path, crossing a stile by a metal gate and continuing on to reach a stream. Cross the stream via the stepping stones or by the bridge (the bridge is a little difficult to reach due to overgrown vegetation).

Stream Stepping Stones to Lane
Stream Stepping Stones to Lane

Start point: 53.2015 lat, -1.978 long
End point: 53.2027 lat, -1.9792 long

From the far end of the bridge follow in the direction as indicated on the marker post for Three Shire Head which leads over the main path and up a fairly short but steep rocky bank. On reaching the top of the bank continue forward over the field to a stile on the right of a metal gate. Cross the next field heading towards the farm, keeping a wall on the right. As you reach the farm wall ahead, turn right through a small gate. Go on up the farm drive veering right near the top to meet the lane.

Lane to Three Shires Bridge
Lane to Three Shires Bridge

Start point: 53.2027 lat, -1.9792 long
End point: 53.2139 lat, -1.9872 long

Turn left following the lane for approximately 0.25 miles, passing through a metal gate and going past a farm. Shortly past the farm the track splits, veer right here. Keep on this sandy stony path for 0.75 miles, keeping a wall on the left, ignoring any paths of to the sides and passing through a metal gate along the way.

At the bottom of the valley you reach the pack-horse bridge at Three Shires Head. This is the place where the counties of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire meet. It is said that illegal bare-knuckle fights were held here. When the police arrived, the fighters simply crossed the bridge and continued their bout on the other side, as the police from one county could not make arrests in another county. The area around the bridge and waterfall are a popular place for a picnic.

Three Shires Bridge to Knotbury Edge Lane
Three Shires Bridge to Knotbury Edge Lane

Start point: 53.2139 lat, -1.9872 long
End point: 53.2125 lat, -1.9792 long

Do NOT cross the bridge but turn right through a metal gate. Follow the rocky path walking uphill with a stream on the right. As the path levels and bends left, and at a way marker post, turn right. Cross a small stone bridge and a stile beside a metal gate and stay with the stony uneven track which continues for just over 0.25 miles as it meanders out of the valley to reach Knotbury Edge Lane.

Knotbury Edge Lane to Clapper Bridge
Knotbury Edge Lane to Clapper Bridge

Start point: 53.2125 lat, -1.9792 long
End point: 53.2099 lat, -1.9719 long

Turn right, follow the lane passing above a cottage on the right and continue on around a right-hand bend (ignoring a track off on the left). The lane continues passing further cottages on the right. On reaching a junction, turn left down the quiet road until the road bends left. Just past the bend, turn right crossing over a small stone clapper bridge.

Clapper Bridge to Gate Opening
Clapper Bridge to Gate Opening

Start point: 53.2099 lat, -1.9719 long
End point: 53.2061 lat, -1.9661 long

The path goes up over the moors, following the line of a low wall and wire fence, swapping from side to side following waymarker posts and crossing a couple of stiles. The path here is steep and boggy and has uneven sections so care should be taken. At the top, follow the path to the right of the large rocks and on down to the right-hand corner of a wall. Go through the gate opening.

Gate Opening to End
Gate Opening to End

Start point: 53.204 lat, -1.9655 long
End point: 53.2019 lat, -1.9635 long

Follow the walled track down to cross a stile beside a rusty metal gate. Turn right at a waymarker post. Follow the line of a wall on the right, crossing a further stile and on until the path splits. Go through the top left-hand gate by a waymarker post, bear slight left crossing three fields and two stiles, heading towards the roof tops.

Pass the cottages on the left and go through a small gate. Turn immediately left over a stile to follow the stone track in front of the cottages to reach the road. This is the road you followed out of the village at the beginning of the walk. Turn left following the road back to your parking spot and the end of the walk.

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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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