Central England – Dragons Back
Distance: 9½km/6 miles
Where: Circular walk in knolly limestone country, south of Buxton
Start/End: Earl Sterndale (SK091671)
Terrain: Minor roads, tracks and paths. Some short but very steep climbs and descents, with precipitous drops. Can be slippery in wet weather
Maps: OS Explorer OL24
This particularly undulating walk traverses some of the Peak District’s few actual peaks, where Dragon & Earl meet above the River Dove’s tranquil headwaters. A geological curiosity of upturned limestone reefs, originating in a tropical sea 300 million years ago, it’s a fascinating, little-visited corner of the national park. A memorable series of sharp peaks and knolls serrates the lush haymeadows separating the gritstone ridge of Axe Edge, where the rivers Dove and Manifold rise, and the limestone plateau above Buxton. Unofficial and limited concessionary paths meant that this area was largely off-limits until the advent of access land opened it up for public enjoyment. The Quiet Woman is a gem of a pub – as unchanging a place as you’ll find anywhere on your travels. Try the local pork pies and cheeses!
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