Weaver Hills

The Walk - Weaver Hills Summit
The Walk - Weaver Hills Summit

Walks By Hill: 300-399 Metre Hill, Peak Fringe, Tump
Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Staffordshire, Weaver Hills

A Few Facts About Weaver Hills

Location -
The Weaver Hills are about 5 miles (8 kilometres) west of Ashbourne in Derbyshire, and north of the Churnet Valley. The area is often considered to be the most southerly peak of the Pennines, certainly the southernmost point of that range's carboniferous limestone rock strata. The ten or more tumuli on or around the Weaver Hills, including Cauldon Low (a peak in the same range just to the east) imply significant prehistoric settlements in the area.

Wootton -
About a mile south of the main peak is Wootton Lodge and Wootton Hall, whose claims to fame include that Jean-Jacques Rousseau rented the Hall in 1766. He was a refugee from France, where his revolutionary ideas made life difficult for him. However, the peace and tranquility which had so attracted him to the area nearly drove him mad, because he could not leave his fears behind. Arthur Mee says, "He was filled with the embittered suspicions of a hunted animal, seeing enmity and treachery in his friends and deadly foes in his neighbours".

Summit -
The main peak which has an Ordnance Survey Triangulation Point and a large cairn made with all sorts of materials including wooden branches is 371 metres (1,217 feet) above sea level. It has an alternative name of "The Walk". The southern slopes are rather steep, overlooking the hamlets of Ramsor and Wootton, while the north is more gently sloped towards the Staffordshire Moorlands.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
300-399 Metre Hill, Peak Fringe, Tump

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