The Nine Ladies Stone Circle, Stanton Moor, Derbyshire
Monday started well and just got better. No wind of note, lots of sunshine and a blue sky with just some occasional fair-weather clouds. So we decided to stretch our legs on a moorland walk.
Stanton Moor is our favourite and whilst it may not be big, it is still packed with interest, it is also great place to feel as if you are walking on top of the world. Nor should you let the description of a moorland put you off. Far from being bleak and exposed Stanton Moor is surround by woodland, whilst across the moor are plantations of Silver Birch.
So any walk on Stanton starts with a stroll through mature woodland….
The trees soon thin as you gently climb to the moor..
Then the expanse of the Heather and Bilberry moors is there to explore. The Heather is waking from its winter slumbers, still dark but the new shoots are showing a tinge of fresh reddybrown.
The Trig Point, the highest point on this moor is the first stop…
You can dwell for too long just experiencing the views, a full 360degree is the reward.
From the Trig Point there are numerous paths and sheep tracks heading off in all directions…just choose the one you want, if you are crafty you can just walk around in circles taking in the many points of interest. No need to worry about step climbs, once you are on the Moor the steepest climb is negotiating the occasional style.
Seek out old quarry workings, discover the Gun Powder Store, decide which of the Cairns may just be a Neolithic Burial Cairn and of course pay ones respects to the Nine Ladies…a Stone Circle still much respected by modern day Druids.
I guess even if you do not live in the UK you will be full aware of the Political turmoil our Politicians have got themselves into. Passion and tempers on both side are running very high. As yet we still cannot see an outcome..
Of course this is nothing new. Back in 1832, Parliament underwent major upheaval after equally passionate views… but the Reform Laws as they were called were eventually voted upon and accepted.. a major milestones and a shift of political power away from the nobility. Here high on Stanton Moor is a very prominent reminder of those times…
Earl Grey Reform Tower…. a symbolic ‘folly’ of no purpose other than one political viewpoint, that of those on the winning side cocking a snoot at the losers.
On a glorious day like today it just stand proud in the sunlight as it has done for well over 150 years.
(C) David Oakes 2019