Central England – Win Hill, Peak District
Distance: 5½km/3½ miles
Type: Moor and woodland
Where: Circular walk from Yorkshire Bridge to Win Hill.
Start/End: Yorkshire Bridge (SK197849).
Terrain: Steep climb from Yorkshire Bridge to summit, can be muddy, some stiles
Maps: OS Explorer OL1; Landranger 110.
Win Hill is the Cinderella of the Peak District’s hills. It’s at the epicentre of a number of honeypot summits and ridges, such as Mam Tor, Derwent Edge and Kinder Scout, yet receives far less attention. Its distinctive, wind-pummelled flanks and conical shape can be seen from miles around, adding an aesthetic quality to the rugged, peaty landscape. The climb is among the stiffest in the area but rewards you at the summit, with great views showing the transformation from the green, postcard-pretty white, limestone landscape of the south to the dark, brooding gritstone of the north. Incidentally, the name — along with that of its neighbour, Lose Hill — is thought to originate from 7th-century battles between King Edwin of Northumbria and the Mercian King Prenda.
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