Rowtor Rocks + Stanton Moor Trig Walk From Birchover | 4.5-Mile Walk

Nine Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton Moor

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This walk from Birchover is a lovely route with plenty to see on the way. Starting with a mini exploration around the hidden gem Rowtor Rocks then onwards to Stanton Moor where you’ll come across The Tower, Nine Ladies, Cork Stone and a bonus trig point too.

From Birchover car park, first head towards the Druid Inn pub then it’s on to Rowtor Rocks. Read our section in ‘Other information’ to find out more about these rocks. Once you’ve explored this area you continue looping around with views in the distance of Robin Hood’s Stride and Cratcliffe Crags.

Next you’ll walk along countryside paths until you reach Stanton Moor, there’s loads to explore in here from including the Nine Ladies Stone Circle and the trig point on Stanton Moor, known as Moor Plantations for those trig baggers to tick off on the trig list!

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Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Birchover, route information, map, GPX file, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.

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Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!

Rowtor Rocks + Stanton Moor Trig from Birchover

Cork Stone at Stanton Moor

Walk information

Walk type: Short circular walk

Distance: 4.5 miles/7.2 km

Walk time: 2-3 hours

Total ascent: 182 m/600 ft

Highest point: 323 m/1,061 ft

Walk highlights: Exploring Rowtor Rocks, views across to Robin Hood’s Stride, Stanton Moor, Nine Ladies Circle and the Cork Stone

Trigs: 1 – Moor Plantations (Stanton Moor)

Ethels: 1 – Stanton Moor

Stiles: 1 + 2 optional (all wooden stile with dog friendly option)

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Rowtor Rocks + Stanton Moor walk map

Rowtor Rocks and Stanton Moor Plantations trig map
Rowtor Rocks + Stanton Moor Plantations trig map
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Walk start point

Birchover Stone car park
Birchover Stone car park

Start grid reference: SK 24104 62442

Car parking address: Birchover Stone car park, Birchover Road, DE4 2BN – Google location

Birchover Stone is a small free car park with approximately 20 spaces off the main road. There is additional parking on the road further uphill, please ensure you don’t block the road for emergency vehicles.

Public transport – The local Number 172 bus runs through Birchover which can be caught from various stops along the A6 or via a train link at Matlock.

Facilities on the walk

There are no public toilets available at the start of the walk at Birchover car park; however close to the centre of Birchover village there are public toilets which you can do a mini detour from the route to stop at.

There are two pubs in Birchover, The Druid Inn which you walk past on the route and a short distance away the Red Lion Inn.

Public toilets in Birchover
Public toilets in Birchover

Other useful information

This walk takes you via Rowtor Rocks in Birchover, please note there is no public right access here (shown by the shaded green wooded area on the map, lime green shaded sections are the public access areas). However, there are signs saying that those visitors who wish to explore and be respectful to the residents, wildlife and environment are welcome (see below).

In addition, there are several cliffs with steep drops so please take care when exploring. The access is at the discretion of the landowner, The Thornhill Settlement and if not respected may be revoked at any time.

The Cork Stone has stone foot holds and metal hand holds so it it possible to climb to the top. However, the lower foot ones are very well-worn. Please remember it’s always easier to get than it is to get down and it is pretty high once you reach the top.

The Cork Stone on Stanton Moor
The Cork Stone on Stanton Moor

Please keep the Peak District beautiful and respect everyone who uses the park. Take ALL your rubbish home to dispose of and remember close gates (as you found them). Thank you so much.

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Ordnance Survey walk map

The map required for this walk is the Ordnance Survey OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area). Check prices here with Ordnance Survey or Amazon. If you’re hiking in all weathers the Active OS maps are pretty good to have.

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Rowtor Rocks + Stanton Moor trig walk route

Stage 1 – Birchover to Rowtor Rocks

Distance: 0.4 miles/0.7 km

Grid reference SK 2410 6244

Signpost and path
Footpath from the car park with sign for Druids Inn

From Birchover Stone car park take the path opposite the entrance to the car park, signposted to The Druid Inn (photo above), follow this route through the woodlands. There’s a yellow signpost which points left (you can walk down here to the public toilets) or continue straight. Then towards the end the path splits, keep to the left-hand fork which brings you out at the road opposite The Druid Inn.

The Druids Inn pub in Birchover
The Druids Inn pub in Birchover

Cross the road, please take care as this is a blind corner, bear left, walking past the pub then immediately turn right down the road that runs next to the pub. Follow the footpath down here, at two points down this path you’ll see signposts for Rowtor Rocks on your right.

Rowtor Rocks – please read the section in ‘Other information’ before exploring.

Rowtor Rocks
Exploring the rocks at Rowtor Rocks

If you choose to explore Rowtor Rocks there are numerous paths and trails between the rocks so take your time and find your own paths. Once you’ve walked around the rocks head back down to the track you walked up from.

Stage 2 – Rowtor Rocks to Stanton Moor

Distance: 1.9 mile/3 km

Grid reference SK 2359 6218

Once you’re back on the footpath from Rowtor Rocks follow the path next to the stone wall which brings you out overlooking the open countryside, the path bends around to the left, keep walking and you’ll go through a wide gate next to a stone stile (the gate was unlocked so you’re able to walk through).

In the distance on your right you’ll be able to see the iconic rocks of Robin Hood’s Stride.

Footpath and gates
Footpath next to gates on route

At the next set of gates, walk past them on the track on the left (photo above), then immediately follow the narrow footpath on the left heading uphill. You’ll go through a stone gap in the wall and follow the path along, at the wooden post with yellow arrows keep going straight ahead. You’ll go through a small a series of three wooden gates before it brings you out onto a quiet road. 

Public footpath signpost on walk

On the other side of the road on your right there’s another footpath sign (photo above), go through here which will take you directly through Uppertown Farm, keep on the track, you’ll go past another house then continue straight ahead.

Stone gap
Gap between stones on footpath

After 300 m there’s a crossroads of paths, turn left here through a narrow gap in-between two stones (photo above). Continue along the track, within the boundary wall and trees on your left. At the green metal gate go through the gate to the left of it and you’ll come out at Barn Farm where there’s a campsite. 

Turn right following the public footpath sign then follow the signposts alongside the fence until you reach a road. Cross over then pick up the footpath and over the wooden stile into Stanton Moor (photo below).

Footpath leading to Stanton Moor
Footpath leading to Stanton Moor

Stage 3 – Stanton Moor to Moor Plantations trig 

Distance: 1.7 miles/2.7 km

Grid reference SK 2452 6262

Once over the stile you’ll see an information board about Stanton Moor giving a brief history of the area. Walk up the path, it then splits, take the right-hand fork along the outskirts of the moor. As you walk round there’s a wooden stile (photo below) leading to Stanton Moor Edge which is a beautiful viewpoint, a short out and back detour if you wish to add it on.

Stile leading to Stanton Moor Edge

Back on the footpath continue following this around Stanton Moor until you reach the Tower, again you can climb over the stile to explore around the base of the Tower. Back on the path you’ll head through the woodlands until it brings you out the Nine Ladies stone circle and the King’s Stone.

Nine Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton Moor
Nine Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton Moor

Again there’s another information board detailing the history of the Nine Ladies with the ceremonies and rituals that took place here. Head north of the grassy path past the stone circle and smaller King’s Stone, then bear left now circling back round on the other side of Stanton Moor.

Follow the footpath all the way until it brings you back out on open moorland, take the path bearing left towards the trig point (photo below), known as Moor Plantations. 

Moor Plantations trig point at Stanton Moor
Moor Plantations trig point at Stanton Moor

Stage 4 – Moor Plantations trig to Birchover

Distance: 0.5 miles/0.8 km

Grid reference SK2449 6291

Once you’ve stopped for the optional trig photo continue down the path where you’ll reach a huge gritstone rock known as the Cork Stone, it is possible to climb up here however you’ll need good upper body strength as the lower footholds are very worn away.

Cork Stone at Stanton Moor
Cork Stone at Stanton Moor

Again once you’ve finished exploring turn right and walk down the footpath which brings you out at a gate and shortly after you’re on the road.

Turn left walking down the road and the car park will be on your left after about 350 m.

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