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Rowtor Rocks

Rowtor Rocks

The rocks at ‘Row Tor’ are a short walk from Birchover, a captivating gritstone village six miles north west of Matlock, mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

Rowtor Rocks are angular gritstone rocks 80 yards in length and 50’ in height with a subterranean passage 90’ long. There is a shallow cave, which is said to have had a 4’ crucifix carved into the wall although we were unable to locate it. Also fonts and chairs are carved out of the natural rocks, which indeed were more obvious. This is believed to have been commissioned by The Rev. Thomas Eyre who lived at Rowtor Hall. Tradition suggests that he sat up there to compose his sermons, which he delivered in the small Anglican Church he had built in the shadow of Rowtor rocks. It certainly is a peaceful and beautiful place to be.

These stones can be reached by a path on the far left-hand side of the Druid Inn. The narrow overgrown path leads around the back of the Druid Inn and then above it to the cave on the left. Don’t leave without climbing a little further up to the right, which affords an excellent vantage point over Birchover.

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