Walk: Earl Sterndale to Hollinsclough, Derbyshire
A 9km hike through the Peak District, starting at Earl Sterndale then climbing over Parkhouse and Chrome hills towards the village of Hollinsclough
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Peak District National Park, climbing two of its most famous hills.
Begin at the Quiet Woman in Earl Sterndale, a 400-year-old pub with hand-painted signs of a decapitated barmaid.
2. Around Hitter Hill
Round Hitter Hill to cross the B5053 to Parkhouse. The path winds steeply to the top.
3. Tropical relics
On the ridge, it feels like you are balancing on the serrated back of a dragon. Below, the bumps of hills and river valleys ripple out to the horizon. Itâs hard to imagine this rain-softened English landscape once lay under a tropical sea; the grassy hills of Parkhouse and Chrome, the remains of an atoll.
4. Chrome Hill
Cross the second ridge, eventually dropping to the quiet hamlet of Hollinsclough with its old school house and bell tower.
5. Low road
Following the farm track along the base of the hills, now a forbidding wall of rock on my left.
Click on the map below for an interactive version of the route.
Helen is the author of Slow Travel The Peak District, Bradt and A Time of Birds, Saraband, a memoir and travelogue describing her journey across Europe to Istanbul on her sit-up-and-beg bike.