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Robin Hood's Stride

Robin Hood\'s Stride

Robin Hood's Stride is a spectacular tor of gritstone rocks perched on a ridge between Harthill Moor and the Alport-Winster road. A very tall story relates to Robin Hood’s Stride near Birchover in the Derbyshire Peak District. The legendary outlaw is said to have leaped in a single stride from one tall outcrop to another over 20ft (7m) away. This outcrop has the alternative name of Mock Beggars Hall, because from a distance it looks like a crumbling mansion.

The area surrounding Robin Hood's Stride contains traces of barrows, Bronze or Iron Age enclosures and hut circles, but the most visible monument is the stone circle known as the 'Nine Stones' which lies about 200 metres to the north-west.

Just to the north-east lies Cratcliff Tor, an impressive crag made up of huge blocks of gritstone and largely hidden by trees. As well as being one of the hardest gritstone climbing crags of the area it also has a hermit's cave, hidden by an ancient group of yew trees.


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By Road: the B5065 road from the Ashbourne to the A6 just south of Bakewell passes below the Stride. It is possible to park at the road side and walk up from just below Cratcliff Tor. Alternatively, go into Elton and continue through the village towards Gratton but turn off right about 330m from the church, down a single track road.

By Bus: the 172 bus from Bakewell to Matlock, via Yougreave, passes along the B5065 and you can walk to the Stride either from below Cratcliffe Tor, or from Elton village.

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