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Stone Circles and Druids

Explore the unique history of ancient England within the Peak National Park

  • 6 hr
  • From 95 British pounds
  • Winster Cycling Hub - DE4 2DR

Service Description

Starting from the Miners Standard the tour explores the pretty market village of Winster before taking a rarely used and narrow back lane to Birchover. At Birchover take time to pass the Druid Inn, reputedly a meeting place of the Druids who practised their magic in carved rocks above the pub and which also provided a hideaway for a 'Druid' reverend who built the chapel below with no windows on its two main sides. From Birchover the trail follows minor roads up towards Stanton Moor where a short walk finds Doll Torr (a bronze age site of 6 standing stones 3 of which were broken during an excavation in the 1930’s). Alternatively just continue onto Stanton Moor passing the Cork Stone before reaching the famous Nine Ladies Stone Circle. It is necessary to negotiate a number of styles and gates at this point. The route then passes the Flying Childers and winds down through the Stanton Estate before crossing the Bakewell Road to reach Harthill. On towards Elton a short walk will find the neolithic Grey Ladies ‘Nine Stones Close’ with Robin Hoods Stride rock formation prominent on the skyline. From Elton wonderful cycling down lesser used back lanes brings the tour to Middleton by Youlgreave the home of Thomas Bateman an archaeologist and barrow digger who himself was buried in a field at Middleton. Before reaching the High Peak Trail at Parsley Hay a short detour and a pound donation allows a walk onto Arbor Low an atmospheric neolithic henge of significant importance. Nearby is Gib Hill burial mound. The High Peak Trail is joined at Parsley Hay and provides an easy and flat route with the distinctive trees crowning Minninglow Hill coming ever more prominently into site. The clump of tree crown a neolithic chambered tomb and two Bronze Age bowl barrels. It is only a fields walk to reach the summit from the lane below. From Minninglow farm tracks and minor roads take you through Aldwark hamlet where you can stop at the brewery if open. It is then only a short return leg to Winster. Difficulty - Advanced Black Run Theme - Historic Sites Surface - Mainly minor roads, short section of main road, bridlepaths and some gates/styles to negotiate and you may have to walk certain sections on the moor Distance - 26 miles Time allocated - 6 hours Refreshment Stop Options - Winster, Birchover, Stanton, Parsley Hay Visitor Centre and Aldwark Tour Ref - 32

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Start Point & Booking Queries

  • Winster Cycling Hub - DE4 2DR

    +44 (0)1629 352122

Cancellation Policy

Running Tours is our business so as a general rule we cannot accept last minute cancelation requests where we cannot easily re-book the date. If you need to change the date of your pre-booked tour we do ask for at least seven days notice so that we have the opportunity to re-book your slot. There is no additional charge for changing the date of your tour. If you give us less than 7 days notice and we cannot resell the slot we reserve the right to charge a 50% re-booking fee. We do not offer refunds on cancelled tours only the opportunity to re-book As a general rule we will not cancel any eBike tours based on the weather unless the conditions are so extreme they are not safe for cycling. We use the Met Office to monitor if any severe weather warnings are expected

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