Parkhouse Hill From Earl Sterndale

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Chrome Hill From Parkhouse Hill
Peaks Climbed
Parkhouse Hill 360m - Chrome Hill 425m

Walk Statistics
Date 1 March 2014
Start Earl Sterndale
Time 2hrs 55mins
Distance 3.75 Miles
Alt Start 339 Metres
Alt Max 425 Metres
Ascent 400 Metres
Grid Ref SK 0904 6702
Weather Foggy then mainly Sunny
With No One
Peak Climbed Classification
Parkhouse Hill 300-399 Metre Hill
Chrome Hill 400-499 Metre Hill

I was in need of some exercise after my recent back problems. After looking at the weather forecast I saw that it was going to be a foggy start but then brightening up to give sunny spells. I only had the opportunity to walk during the morning so I decided to travel up to Earl Sterndale which is located 5 miles south of Buxton off the main A515 Ashbourne to Buxton road.

It was quite foggy when I arrived in the village. I parked on the side of the road next to the church. The church clock was stricking for 9.00am. The village church is dedicated to St Michael and was built in 1828 on the site of an ancient chapel. In 1941 it was mistakenly destroyed by a German bomb. The church was restored in 1952. The village stands at 1,100 feet (340 metres) above sea level. The farms surrounding the village were medieval monastic granges in the care of the monks of Basingwerk Abbey.

Earl Sterndale Church
Earl Sterndale Church

Earl Sterndale is also quite famous for it's pub the "Quiet Woman" which is said to be over 400 years old and is said to refer to a very talkative woman who had her head decapitated as a consequence. The pub sign has the words "Soft Words Turneth Away Wrath". The saying probably relates to the bible Proverbs 15:1 "A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger".

The Quiet Woman In Earl Sterndale
The Quiet Woman In Earl Sterndale

I walked from the village towards the crossroads of the B5053. Then I continued down Glutton Dale to Glutton Bridge. I decided not to walk across Hitter Hill today as the paths were very muddy after all the rain we have had lately. At Glutton Bridge there is a garage where some painted vans are kept.

Noah's Ark Van At Glutton Bridge
Noah's Ark Van At Glutton Bridge

So far the walk was in fog and I had no views of Parkhouse or Chrome Hills. However as I neared the base of Parkhouse Hill the fog and mist started to lift. The first part of the hill to see is the Sugar Loaf which some brave walkers decide to scramble to the top of. It is really distinctive and is one of the reasons why Parkhouse Hill is photographed so much.

Sugar Loaf On Parkhouse Hill
Sugar Loaf On Parkhouse Hill

I walked up around the back of the hill to gain some height and then turned into the hill to climb the steep sided grassy slopes. Eventually I reached the ridge and then headed for the summit. There was still mist and fog around but it was still slowly clearing. While I was at the summit three other walkers joined me. Years ago Parkhouse Hill was on private land but since Open Access Land was created the hill has been open to the public. It is a great place to be.

I continued along the ridge which becomes quiet narrow and very steep in parts. Today it was even more difficult as all the rocks were very slippery and the path was quiet muddy.

About two thirds of the way down I decided to cut off down the side of the hill following the three other walkers down the steep grassy slopes. Eventually I reached the road. Then I headed for Chrome Hill. Again it was muddy but the climb to the summit is not as steep. The view down the "Dragons Back" on both ends of the hill are fantastic as is the view back to Parkhouse Hill.

My walk today was a short one so I decided to retrace my steps back down Chrome Hill to the road and then back to Earl Sterndale. It was a great Saturday mornings walk.

Chrome Hill Through The Mist From Parkhouse Hill
Chrome Hill Through The Mist From Parkhouse Hill

Chrome Hill In The Fog
Chrome Hill In The Fog

Parkhouse Hill Summit
Parkhouse Hill Summit

Parkhouse Hill Summit
Parkhouse Hill Summit

Parkhouse Hill Summit
Parkhouse Hill Summit

Parkhouse Hill Summit
Parkhouse Hill Summit

Looking Down The Backbone Of Parkhouse Hill
Looking Down The Backbone Of Parkhouse Hill

Parkhouse Hill Summit
Parkhouse Hill Summit

Looking Down The Backbone Of Parkhouse Hill
Looking Down The Backbone Of Parkhouse Hill

Parkhouse Hill Rocky Tops
Parkhouse Hill Rocky Tops

Chrome Hill From Sugar Loaf On Parkhouse Hill
Chrome Hill From Sugar Loaf On Parkhouse Hill

Chrome Hill From Infant River Dove
Chrome Hill From Infant River Dove

Parkhouse Hill
Parkhouse Hill

Parkhouse Hill From Flanks Of Chrome Hill
Parkhouse Hill From Flanks Of Chrome Hill

Chrome Hill
Chrome Hill

Parkhouse Hill From Chrome Hill
Parkhouse Hill From Chrome Hill

Chrome Hill
Chrome Hill

The Backbone Of Chrome Hill
The Backbone Of Chrome Hill

The Backbone Of Chrome Hill
The Backbone Of Chrome Hill

Parkhouse Hill
Parkhouse Hill

Chrome Hill From The Road
Chrome Hill From The Road

Parkhouse Hill From The Road
Parkhouse Hill From The Road

Chrome Hill From The Road
Chrome Hill From The Road

Chrome Hill And Parkhouse Hill From Glutton
Chrome Hill And Parkhouse Hill From Glutton

Parkhouse Hill From Glutton
Parkhouse Hill From Glutton

Route - Earl Sterndale (Roadside Parking Next To Church) - Glutton Dale - Glutton Bridge - Parkhouse Hill - Chrome Hill - Glutton Bridge - Glutton Dale - Earl Sterndale (Roadside Parking Next To Church)

Parkhouse Hill Map
Parkhouse Hill Map

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