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Approaching Chrome Hill along the concession footpath (Chrome Hill is on an otherwise inaccessible island of 'open access' land)

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Route No. 643 - Friday 7 October 2016
Hollinsclough, Booth Farm, concession path past
Stoop Farm & Tor Rock to Chrome Hill circuit - 6.5km
Peak District (Derbyshire/Staffordshire) . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak area


My friend, Jim, and I have both been granted a 3-day pass from our respective wives and we are staying at a pub in Hulme End on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border in the Peak District. Today we are planning to do a circular walk from Hollinsclough over Chrome Hill via a concessionary path. We parked at the road junction in Hollinsclough in front of the village hall at map ref. SK 065 665.

The road junction in Hollinsclough where we started our walk in front of the village hall
The road junction in Hollinsclough where we started our walk in front of the village hall

Heading northwest along the road out of Hollinsclough
Heading northwest along the road out of Hollinsclough

Following the public footpath across the field
Following the public footpath across the field

We went through the gate and followed the path around the hillside for about 200m to join a bridleway that leaves the road about 100m further up the hill than our turning. We followed the bridleway down to cross the River Dove on its way from its source on Axe Edge to Glutton Bridge and after about 70km joins the River Trent.

From the village hall we walked along the road (northwest) to the edge of the village at map ref.SK 064 666. Here we turned off the road through a pedestrian gate on the right hand side of the road.

Turning right off the road onto a public footpath
Turning right off the road onto a public footpath

Crossing the stream in the bottom of the valley
Crossing the stream in the bottom of the valley

Chrome Hill seen across the valley as we crossed the field from Hollinsclough
Chrome Hill seen across the valley as we crossed the field from Hollinsclough

Climbing up the hillside from the footbridge
Climbing up the hillside from the footbridge

Farm access track at the top of the steep bank
Farm access track at the top of the steep bank

The track climbs gently with a good view over the valley of the River Dove on our left. We didn't see it at its best in the drizzle and mist that greeted us this morning.

Once across the stream the bridleway climbs up the steep hillside for about 100m to join a farm access track coming from Hollins Farm. At this track we turned left to follow the track away from Hollins Farm.

Climbing up the hillside from the footbridge
Climbing up the hillside from the footbridge

Following the farm access track heading towards Fough
Following the farm access track heading towards Fough

View along the valley of the River Dove from the farm access track
View along the valley of the River Dove from the farm access track

Track upto the cottage at Fough
Track up to the cottage at Fough


Nearing Booth Farm, below us to our left, along the farm track

We walked along the road for about 200m to the access track on our right at map ref. SK059 682 leading to Stoop Farm. This is the start of the concession path across the fields to Chrome Hill.

We continued along the bridleway following the farm access track past the cottage at Fough. From Fough we followed the track to the public road at map ref.SK 058 680, bypassing Booth Farm on our left.

The cottage at Fough
The cottage at Fough

Joining the public road at Booth Farm
Joining the public road at Booth Farm

Chrome Hill in the mist across the fields beyond Stoop Farm
Chrome Hill in the mist across the fields beyond Stoop Farm

Stoop Farm with Tor Rock behind in the mist
Stoop Farm with Tor Rock behind in the mist

Concession path across the fields above Stoop Farm
Concession path across the fields above Stoop Farm

Sign at the concession path by the Stoop Farm access track
Sign at the concession path by the Stoop Farm access track

The concession path by-passes a prominent limestone outcrop called Tor Rock to the south of the path. At map ref.SK 067 679, the concession path turned right and we lost a good deal of height following a fence on our left down to the bottom corner of the field.

We turned right to follow the concession path waymarked with white arrows. The concession path by-passes the farm to the north and crosses the farm access track at map ref. SK 064 682. From the farm access track the concession path follows the dry stone wall field boundary heading roughly southeast.

Stile on the concession path bypassing the farm & Tor Rock
Stile on the concession path bypassing the farm & Tor Rock

Four Blue Faced Leicester tupps and a sturdy Texel
Four Blue Faced Leicester tupps and a sturdy Texel

Concession path dropping down to the foot of Chrome Hill
Concession path dropping down to the foot of Chrome Hill

Turning towards Chrome Hill along the concession path at the bottom corner of the field
Turning towards Chrome Hill along the concession path at the bottom corner of the field

Path still dropping down to the foot of Chrome Hill
Path still dropping down to the foot of Chrome Hill

Climbing up to the series of little peaks along the ridge
Climbing up to the series of little peaks along the ridge

The path then bends round the northern side of the hill and continues to climb along the ridge. The path is mostly grass but the ridge has a number of small limestone peaks with limestone outcropping onto the surface - all very picturesque. However on a day like today when the limestone is wet it's all very slippy on these very steep slopes.

At the field corner the path turns left to follow the field boundary still descending and after about 120m enters the island of open access land that is Chrome Hill. About 40m inside the open access land there is a path on the left that at last begins to climb heading roughly northeast for about 30m.

Climbing at last round to the northwest side of Chrome Hill
Climbing at last round to the northwest side of Chrome Hill

Grassy path to the next little limestone peak
Grassy path to the next little limestone peak

Slippery mix of wet grass and limestone on one of the little peaks along the Chrome Hill ridge
Slippery mix of wet grass and limestone on one of the little peaks along the Chrome Hill ridge

Looking along the ridge to the misty Park House Hill
Looking along the ridge to the misty Park House Hill

This time the path went around the little peak
This time the path went around the little peak

Climbing up the final peat on Chrome Hill
Climbing up the final peat on Chrome Hill

There were breaks in the cloud and the mist obscuring our views from much of the walk was rapidly being blown away. Finally there was some sunshine and we stood on top of Chrome Hill just enjoying the scenery.

We carefully picked our way along the ridge negotiating each little peak until we reached the top of Chrome Hill at the south eastern end of the ridge at map ref.SK 071 672. At last the weather showed signs of improving.

This time the path went around the little peak
This time the path went around the little peak

Rock bridge by the ridge path
Rock bridge by the ridge path

On top of Chrome Hill at last
On top of Chrome Hill at last

The view from Chrome HIll over Parkhouse Hill as the mist began to clear
The view from Chrome HIll over Parkhouse Hill as the mist began to clear

Starting down the long steep grassy slope of Chrome Hill
Starting down the long steep grassy slope of Chrome Hill

Gate from the open access land at the sycamore tree
Gate from the open access land at the sycamore tree

From this gate we followed a concession path along the remnant of the ridge down to the road at map ref.SK 076 670. Here there is a stile onto the road next to a cattle grid.

Then we continued along the ridge starting to descend the steep grassy slope. At the bottom of the main slope we came to a large sycamore tree next to a pedestrian gate. This is the end of the island of open access land.

Large sycamore tree on the descent from Chrome Hill
Large sycamore tree on the descent from Chrome Hill

Walking down the last part of the ridge to the road
Walking down the last part of the ridge to the road

Stile onto the road at the foot of Parkhouse Hill
Stile onto the road at the foot of Parkhouse Hill

Following the road past Parkhouse Hill
Following the road past Parkhouse Hill

Masham ewe, one of a flock by the track
Masham ewe, one of a flock by the track

Barn conversion in progress as we reached the road
Barn conversion in progress as we reached the road

We followed the track for another 350m to the road at map ref.SK 068 666 where building work was in progress converting a farm building to a dwelling. At the road we turned right and followed the road for about 450m back into Hollinsclough and the end of our walk at the village Hall. The whole route had been around 6.5km and it had taken us about two and a half hours to walk. From Hollinsclough we had to set off home after three days of very good walking mostly in the Staffordshire part of the Peak District.

At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 250m to a farm access track on the right that leads to Hollins Farm. We turned right and followed the farm access track across the fields for about 700m to a junction in the track at map ref.SK 070 669. Here we took the left hand fork in the track (the right hand fork continued to Hollins Farm).

Start of the farm access track to Hollins Farm
Start of the farm access track to Hollins Farm

Farm track crossing the River Dove
Farm track crossing the River Dove

Turning right to follow the road back to Hollinsclough
Turning right to follow the road back to Hollinsclough

Arriving back at the road junction in Hollinsclough at the end of our walk
Arriving back at the road junction in Hollinsclough at the end of our walk

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