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LITTLE JOHN and the SHERRIFF of NOTTINGHAM
A walk featuring amazingly varied rock formations of the Peak District. The first challenging day introduces you to the varied wonders of the Dark Peak Gritstone, while the easier second day mainly in the gentler landscape of the White Peak Limestone has a brief venture to a high moor.
SW5 - Key Facts
Grade
Moderate
Some previous walking experience is required
Distance
25 Miles
Longest day - 15 Miles.
Season
All Year
Lovely colours in Autumn
Nights
2
We will collect you at the end of the second day if you have left your car at the start.
Start
Hathersage
FREE Car Parking available
Finish
Tideswell
Easy Rail and Bus links to Manchester.
Price
£140.00 pp
Price based on 2 sharing, single supplement £25-£30 per night. Extra night £35-40 pp

Route Outline
Day 1
You spend the first night in Hathersage, the home of "Little John".

Day 2 - 15 Miles
A long day! From Hathersage you climb easily passing the historic "North Lees Hall" to the famous climbing grounds of Stanage Edge. Walking the length of this on easy level paths, you then cross the wild Derwent moors, passing strangely eroded natural rock sculptures to descend in to the pastoral idyll of the Derwent valley. Have your lunch right beneath the magnificent "Derwent Dam", used by RAF 617 Squadron for practise before their famous "Dam Busters" raid.

You then have a short climb through well managed pinewoods to soon drop into the Woodlands valley. From here you follow in the footsteps of the Romans from 2,000 years ago on a long but gentle climb onto a wide ridge with fantastic views of Edale and Kinder Scout, to descend to a well earned rest in the village of Hope. A shorter alternative route (6½ Miles) is available for this day, visiting the village of Bamford and climbing the spectacular but easy peak of "Win Hill" for amazing views over the northern moors.

Day 3 - 10 Miles
Leaving Hope, you walk along level fields to Castleton, with its famous show caves and overlooked by the 11th century castle built by William Peveril,who may have been an illegitamate son of William the Conqueror and a Sheriff of Nottingham. A hidden gateway takes you out of the village into the impressive Cave Dale leading you easily over the wild "Old Moor", with its many signs of ancient lead mining and fantastic far reaching views.

After passing through the hamlet of Peak Forest, once the King’s administrative centre of the area, a beautiful walk down quiet dales leads you through a Derbyshire Nature Reserve. Easy ancient track-ways then bring you to the village of Tideswell, once part of Peverill’s estate, with its impressive church, "The Cathedral of the Peak".