Peak District Walk
Chrome Hill from Holinsclough
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Walk Route Description
The Staffordshire sector of the Peak District National Park is less visited than its Derbyshire neighbour. However it does have much to offer, not least the fact there are fewer walkers! This particular walk provides an excellent insight into the area as well giving you a look at the upper reaches River Dove. Although not included in the walk, the nearby village Longnor is worth a visit as it displays a microcosm of North Staffordshire life.
There is limited parking in the village of Hollinsclough (grid ref. SK065665) and your attention will be immediately drawn to the fine chapel, which was built when the village was a thriving centre for silk weaving. Take the lane heading east out of the village and you will soon be rewarded with a good view of Chrome Hill (or the Dragon's Back) on your left. Continue down this lane until you reach a signed footpath on your left and take this as it heads across fields in the direction of Parkhouse Hill (Chrome Hill's little brother/sister).
Continuing over a footbridge you cross the River Dove, which forms the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border. Reaching a lane turn left and follow the tarmac for a short way. On your left a signed path leads you onto the permissive footpath for an ascent of Chrome Hill. (You might be tempted to ascend nearby Parkhouse Hill which is now open access land.) The initial climb is quite steep and for occasional walkers may seem daunting. However upward progress is fast and with improving views you soon reach the summit.
From here the true nature of Chrome Hill can be seen. It is a large steep-sided lump of limestone with a serrated ridge and was once connected with Parkhouse Hill with which is shares the same geology. The onward route is interesting as you descend the northwestern ridge with the path twisting and turning between limestone outcrops. The path is way-marked and leads you across the eastern flanks of Tor Rock to reach the Stoop Farm access road. Continue via Booth farm to Leycote where the track descends to the Dove. Cross Washgate Bridge and follow the rights of way on the Staffordshire side of the river back to Hollinsclough.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2531 Upper Dove Valley from Hollinsclough - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 2545 High Edge & Chrome Hill from Hollinsclough - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 2837 Parkhouse & Chrome Hills from Longnor - easy/mod - 6.7 miles/10.9 km
Walk 3445 The Dragon's Back (Chrome Hill) from Hollinsclough - moderate - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 1861 Chrome and Parkhouse Hills from Earl Sterndale - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 1862 Earl Sterndale and High Wheeldon from Longnor - easy/mod - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 2723 Pilsbury Castle, Hartington & Sheen from Longnor - easy/mod - 9.6 miles/15.6 km
Walk 1043 Chelmorton & the Monsal Trail - easy/mod - 8.1 miles/13.2 km
Walk 3709 Sparklow, Crowdicote & Pilsbury Circular - easy/mod - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1652 Three Shires Head from Danebower Hollow - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East
Guidebook describing 42 half-day and day walks in the limestone landscapes of Derbyshire's White Peak, part of the Peak District National Park. One of two volumes, this book covers the east of the region, with potential bases including Bakewell, Eyam, Castleton, Birchover, Matlock and Wirksworth.
Great Mountain Days in the Pennines
An inspirational guidebook to 50 classic walks on the rolling Pennine landscape. The graded routes, between 6 and 13 miles in length, cover classic Pennine fells and moorland such as Whernside, Ilkley Moor and Pendle Hill; exploring the North and South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Howgills and Dark Peak. Many routes are also suited to fell running.
The National Trails
This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.