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Chrome Hill (Dragon's Back) from Hollinsclough

Peak District Walk

Nat Park - Peak District - Dove Valley Chrome Hill

County/Area - Staffordshire & Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km    Ascent - 925 feet / 280 metres

Time - 3 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Chrome Hill (Dragon's Back) from Hollinsclough
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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 of 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 1861 Chrome and Parkhouse Hills from Earl Sterndaleeasy/mod5.0 miles
Walk 1862 Earl Sterndale and High Wheeldon from Longnoreasy/mod6.0 miles
Walk 2723 Pilsbury Castle, Hartington & Sheen from Longnor easy/mod9.6 miles
Walk 2272 Flash Circular from Cistern Cloughmoderate8.0 miles
Walk 1043 Chelmorton & the Monsal Traileasy/mod8.1 miles
Walk 3709 Sparklow, Crowdicote & Pilsbury Circulareasy/mod9.0 miles
Walk 1652 Three Shires Head easy4.5 miles
Walk 2233 Flash & Three Shires Head easy/mod6.2 miles
Walk 2577 Hawk's Nest, Goldstitch Moss & Lud's Churchmoderate8.0 miles
Walk 1596 Lud's Church and Roach End from Gradbach easy/mod4.5 miles

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