Axe Edge & Shining Tor (Peak District) – July 2013

DSC_0002Today we joined up with Matt from Mypennines for a walk in the Peak District, after camping at Cold Springs Farm, which is just outside Buxton.

Buxton is a great place to stay if you are exploring the Peak District. It is the highest market town in the country and there are some great attractions, such as St Annes Well and Poole’s Cavern.

The walk Matt had planned was about 14 miles so we set off early and had breakfast on Axe Edge Moor. We were making reasonable progress but as the day went on unfortunately Jack’s knee got worse. As I write this now (about three weeks since the walk) Jack has had an operation to remove a large tumour (known as an Osteochondroma).

Consequently me and Jack ditched Matt at the top of Shining Tor, and we made our way back to the car. This meant that Matt had to walk back to the camp site, making his walk nearly 20 miles – whilst we had a leisurely stroll through Stake Side and finished off along the River Goyt.

This was my first proper walk in the Peak District and it has definitely showed me there is a lot to offer.

Walk Details

Grade Medium
Distance 10.5 miles
Time 5 hrs
Low Point About 380 metres
High Point 559 metres
Terrain Fields/fells, good tracks and some road
Bogs A little, but not bad at all
Dogs No dog with us but lots of other dogs about
Estimated Calories burned 1250 calories


Peak District

Axe Edge & Shining Tor Walk


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Harrington Upper Quarry, Axe Edge More, Cheeks Hill, Knotbury, Three Shires Head, Dane Bower, Danebower Hollow, Whetstone Ridge, Cat & Fiddle, Shining Tor, Stake Clough, Goytsclough Quarry, Goyt’s Clough, Derbyshire Bridge.