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Three Shires Head with the River Dane on the left and Panniers Pool on the right
Three Shires Head with the River Dane on the left and Panniers Pool on the right

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Route No. 544 - Monday 28 April 2014
Derbyshire Bridge, Cat & Fiddle Inn,
Three Shires Head circuit - 11km
Derbyshire Peak District . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL24 The Peak District, White Peak area


Leaving the Derbyshire Bridge car park
Leaving the Derbyshire Bridge car park

This buzzard took off from a tree top as we passed
This buzzard took off from a tree top as we passed

Looking across the moor to the Goyt Valley
Looking across the moor to the Goyt Valley

The car park is at the head of the Goyt Valley, about 2km east of the Cat and Fiddle Inn. From the car park we walked up the road to join the A537 a few hundred metres from the Cat & Fiddle Inn and continued along the road to the inn.

My mate, Jim, and I have been given a three day pass by our respective wives and we are spending them in Buxton in Derbyshire. This is our first day and we parked the car in a public car park (with toilets) at Derbyshire Bridge, map ref. SK019716.

The lane from the Derbyshire Bridge car park
The lane from the Derbyshire Bridge car park

Coltsfoot growing by the roadside
Coltsfoot growing by the roadside

Oak Eggar moth caterpillar
Oak Eggar moth caterpillar crossing the road

The Cat & Fiddle Inn on the A537
The Cat & Fiddle Inn on the A537

Start of the track across the moor opposite the Cat & Fiddle Inn
Start of the track across the moor opposite the Cat & Fiddle Inn

The track across Danebower Hollow
The track across Danebower Hollow

As we crossed the moor we had a fine view of a striking hill called Shutlingsloe (506m) about 3km west of our track.

In front of the inn turned left to cross the road and take the moorland track opposite the inn. The track led us across the moor top for about 2km to Dane Bower and the A54 (Buxton to Congleton road).

Looking back to the Cat & Fiddle Inn
Looking back to the Cat & Fiddle Inn

Shutlingsloe about 3km to the west of our track
Shutlingsloe about 3km to the west of our track

Approaching the A54 Buxton to Congleton road at Dane Bower
Approaching the A54 Buxton to Congleton road at Dane Bower

Crossing the A54 at Dane Bower
Crossing the A54 at Dane Bower

Chimney at the head of the flue from the mine engine
Chimney at the head of the flue from the mine engine

The floor where the old mine engine would have been installed
The floor where the old mine engine would have been installed

Below the chimney we could see the line of the flue leading up the hillside from the engine bed where a steam engine would have provided the power for the mine. In one place a stone slab covering the stone built flue had slipped off and the small flue conduit could be seen.

We crossed the A54 and took the path opposite down the steep hillside past a tall industrial chimney. There were mine workings across the valley with extensive spoil heaps. This had been the Dane Bower Colliery

Spoil heaps at Dane Bower Colliery
Spoil heaps at Dane Bower Colliery

Slab dislodged from the top of the flue
Slab dislodged from the top of the flue

Looking at the line of the flue from the mine engine to the chimney
The route of the flue from the mine engine to the chimney

Path from the chimney following the R. Dane downstream
Path from the chimney following the R. Dane downstream

Path following the R. Dane downstream
Path following the R. Dane downstream


Approaching Three Shires Head along the River Dane

After about 1.4km we reached the footbridge over the River Dane at Three Shires Head.

From the mine chimney we continued down the valley on a path following the head-waters of the River Dane.

Path following the R. Dane downstream
Path following the R. Dane downstream

An alderfly - the fly emerges from an aquatic lavae
An alderfly - the fly emerges from an aquatic larvae

Bridge over the River Dane at Three Shires Head
Bridge over the River Dane at Three Shires Head

Looking up to the bridge over the River Dane from Panniers Pool
Looking up to the bridge over the River Dane from Panniers Pool

River Dane at Three Shires Head
River Dane at Three Shires Head

Derbyshire is east of the River Dane and north of the Panniers Pool stream and Staffordshire is east of the River Dane and south of the stream flowing into Panniers Pool. It's a very pretty spot and we sat on the rocks by the Panniers Pool for our lunch.

At Three Shires Head another stream from the north east joins the River Dane via Panniers Pool. The county boundaries follow these water courses and so at the confluence of the two streams Cheshire is to the west of the River Dane.

Panniers Pool at Three Shires Head
Panniers Pool at Three Shires Head

Start of the climb up the track from Three Shires Head
Start of the climb up the track from Three Shires Head

Track following the stream up from Panniers Pool
Track following the stream up from Panniers Pool

We turned right to walk along the road for about 600m to a hair-pin bend. On the crown of the bend we turned left off the road on to a farm access road still following the stream.

After our break we followed the track beside the stream heading upstream from Panniers Pool for about 700m to the start of a minor public road at map ref. SK015689.

Track following the stream up from Panniers Pool
Track following the stream up from Panniers Pool

Following the stream up along a minor road
Following the stream up along a minor road

Farm access track climbing up to Axe Edge Moor from the minor road
Farm access track climbing up to Axe Edge Moor from the minor road

Swaledale ewes by the track
Swaledale ewes by the track

Stile in the wall at the Staffordshire/Cheshire border
Stile in the wall at the Staffordshire/Cheshire border

Joining the road over Axe Edge Moor
Joining the road over Axe Edge Moor

We turned left to follow the road for about 700m to the A54 near its junction with the A537. We crossed the road and turned left then right to follow a short link road to cross the A537. This brought us to a minor road opposite with a sign pointing to the Derbyshire Bridge car park.

After about 1km climbing steadily all the way along this stony track there was a green track forking off to the left at map ref. SK025696. We followed the green track for about 700m to the minor road crossing Axe Edge Moor at map ref. SK026703.

A grassy track forks to the left from the stony farm access track
A grassy track forks to the left from the stony farm access track

Path to the road over Axe Edge Moor
Path to the road over Axe Edge Moor

Our road back to Derbyshire Bridge
Our road back to Derbyshire Bridge

Looking down to Goyt Valley from the road to Derbyshire Bridge
Looking down to Goyt Valley from the road to Derbyshire Bridge

Moorland track to the right off the minor road
Moorland track to the right off the minor road

Path down the moor to the Derbyshire Bridge car park
Path down the moor to the Derbyshire Bridge car park

We continued along this path for about 300m to a little gate into the Derbyshire Bridge car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 11km and it had taken us almost four and a half hours to walk including a very pleasant lunch stop at Three Shires Head.

We walked along this road for about 300m to a sharp left hand bend. At the bend we turned right to walk along a rough track with a dry stone wall on the north side. After about 150m we turned left off the track through a pedestrian gate to follow a path heading down the moor.

Footpath gate off the moorland track
Footpath gate off the moorland track


Returning to the Derbyshire Bridge car park

The Derbyshire Bridge car park
The Derbyshire Bridge car park

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