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Peak District Walk
Axe Edge Moor & Three Shires Head

Nat Park - Peak District - The Roaches

County/Area - Cheshire & Derbyshire & Staffordshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 7.2 miles / 11.7 km    Ascent - 1000 feet / 303 metres

Time - 4 hours 40 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SK018715
Lat 53.240524 // Long -1.974488
Postcode SK17 6TT (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Axe Edge Moor & Three Shires Head

This Peak District walk starts from the Derbyshire Bridge carpark just north of the A537 Buxton to Macclesfield road (grid ref. SK018715). The route explores the wild moorland of Axe Edge and visits Three Shires Head where the counties of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meet. The walk is mostly easy to follow as it uses parts of the Dane Valley Way which is well waymarked. However, it is recommended you do take a copy of the relevant OS 1;25000 map as this will help navigation at several key points along the way.

From the car park, walk east initially along a tarmac road to join a track. This soon becomes a path which climbs gently over rough ground to reach a T-junction with a track (grid ref. SK020712). Turn left and follow this track until it nears the A537. Bear left to the A537 and then turn left along the main road for about 100 metres. Here (grid ref. SK028713) cross the road with extreme care and walk south on the Dane Valley Way. This path across Axe Edge Moor can be muddy after wet weather but progress is usually good as you climb to the road at Dane Head (grid ref. SK026703).

Turn left along the road until you reach a rough track on the right (grid ref. SK029702). This is the continuation of the Dane Valley Way. Follow this initially almost level track over rough moorland. The track then descends with the flanks of Drystone Edge on your left. Reaching the lane below Orchard Farm (grid ref. SK021687) keep straight ahead on the tarmac lane. Ignore the lane leading off to the left and continue straight ahead. Ignore the Dane Valley Way sign leading uphill across a field on your right and continue to the end of the tarmac lane (grid ref. SK015688).

The tarmac lane leads into a rougher stony track that leads down to a picturesque bridge over the River Dane at Three Shires Head (grid ref. SK009685). Cross the bridge and immediately turn right. You have re-joined the Dane Way and this is followed north with the River Dane on your right. Stay with the riverside path ignoring paths on the left and continue up to the A54 at Danebower.

Take care crossing this road and pick up the path opposite. This path leads up Danebower Hollow climbing steadily through rough moorland to meet the A537 at the Cat & Fiddle Pub. Cross the road which often has fast traffic and walk right along this main road using the grassy verge. You soon reach a tarmac lane (grid ref. SK003717) which is followed back to the car park at Derbyshire Bridge.

Other walks nearby

Walk 3136 Shining Tor & Goyt's Clough from Derbyshire Bridge - easy/mod - 5.1 miles/8.3 km

Walk 1183 Shining Tor & Axe Edge Moor - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km

Walk 1652 Three Shires Head from Danebower Hollow - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Walk 2233 Flash & Three Shires Head from Danebower Hollow - easy/mod - 6.2 miles/10.1 km

Walk 1092 Taxal Edge, Jenkin Chapel & Pym Chair from Errwood - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km

Walk 2576 Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 3510 Shining Tor, Cats Tor & Foxlow Edge - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 2577 Hawk's Nest, Goldstitch Moss & Lud's Church - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km

Walk 1596 Lud's Church and Roach End from Gradbach - easy/mod - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Walk 1598 Lud's Church, Back Forest & Clough Head from Gradbach - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11.1 km

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