Looking for a beautiful short walk to do in the Peak District?
The Robin Hood’s Stride walk is perfect for everyone to enjoy, pretty scenery and fun things to explore on the way, including Robin Hood’s Stride, Cratcliffe Rocks and the Hermit’s Cave!
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of this walk at Elton village, route information, map, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!
Robin Hood’s Stride Short Walk from Elton
Robin Hood’s Stride short walk mapClick for OS online map
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 221 609
Car parking address: Main St, Elton, DE4 2BW
There is no car park but there are places available on the road near the church where you can start the walk from.
Nearest train station: Matlock train station (6 mile/10 km)
From the train station at Matlock, you would then need to catch a bus to Eton.
Facilities on the walk
There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Elton or on the route.
You’ll spot the Duke of York pub in the village, but this is only open from 8.30 pm, so no good for a post-walk drink!
However, there is a local pub not far away in the village of Winster called Bowling Green.
Other useful information
There are some steep drops from the cliffs near Robin Hood’s Stride so please be careful, especially if you’re doing the walk with children.
The route is fairly well signposted when you are on the Limestone Way but less so in other parts, although there are public footpath signs. I would recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
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Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map required for this walk is OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area)
Buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, you can buy a standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!
Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.
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Robin Hood’s Stride walk route
Stage 1 – Elton to Tomlinson Wood
Distance: 1 miles/1.6 km
Grid reference SK 22150 61006
From the road outside Elton church (with the church on your right), continue down the road, then take the path forking off left, signposted Youlgreave.
Continue walking in a northerly direction, through a narrow gate, then after 50 m bear right following the fingerpost sign to Youlgreave (Cliff Farm). In the distance, you’ll see Anthony Hill as you walk through various fields with wooden gates between them.
Then another small gate will lead you to a road, cross the road (Cliff Lane) and then continue along the path descending gradually to Cliff Farm, via a wooden stile, then a stone stile in the corner of the field.
From the farm, head directly north, over another stone stile, towards Tomlinson Wood (a small wooded area). There’s then a very small stone stile to squeeze through, walk around the edge of the woods, to an opening in the dry stone wall.
Stage 2 – Tomlinson Wood to Robin Hood’s Stride
(Via Stone Circle)
Distance: 2.3 mile/3.7 km
Grid reference SK 21758 62474
Head north, gradually descending, until you reach the Limestone Way trail. Turn right and continue following through a small wooded area, then out on the road.
Turn right up the road for a short distance and you’ll reach a sign saying Robin Hood’s Stride 1/4 away. You can also do a short detour to a small stone circle. Follow the boundary fence for 200 m until you reach it.
There’s no right of way through the field so the best thing to do is backtrack and then walk towards the base of Robin Hood’s Stride.
Stage 3 – Robin Hood’s Stride to Elton
Distance: 2.2 mile/3.5 km
Grid reference SK 22542 62274
As you reach the base of Robin Hood’s Stride there are plenty of options for exploring, both the rocks at Robin Hood’s Stride and Cratcliffe Rocks on the left.
There are several trails up to the top of Cratcliffe Rocks, with wonderful views, but the secret spot is the Hermit’s Cave at the base of the cliffs, situated at the most southern point.
Once you’ve finished exploring the area, hop back onto the Limestone Way and follow along the track. You then go through a gate next to a cattle grid and follow the road heading south for about 800 metres.
Then at the crossroads, turn right back into the village of Elton at the start of the walk.
Have you done this walk, did you find the cave? Let me know any feedback in the comments.
Options to extend this walk
Fancy a slighter longer walk, at Tomlinson Woods, you can add an extra loop to explore Bradford Dale, a beautiful walk alongside the River Bradford.Walk route + map here
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