Hidden in the Peak District, it’s possible to get a real taste of the mountains on the surprising clam-shaped ancient coral reefs that tower above the undulating landscape just south of Buxton. These mini mountains feel Matterhorn-esque because they launch out of much flatter land, as limestone spines skimming the horizon. They offer exciting and exposed routes, perfect to take your first steps into hillwalking in a short outing. Explore the ridges and rock arches of Chrome Hill with its 425m high top, and if you’re left wanting more try Parkhouse Hill which, although smaller, is steeper and more exposed. The view of these peaks has to be one of England’s most impressive outside the Lake District. In spring and autumn you can experience a double sunset from both summits, which are perfectly aligned for the sun to sink behind one of the twin crests, then reappear immediately, to set again behind the next.
How hard? The climbs are fairly short but strenuous. Care needed on grassy/muddy descents which can be slippery especially when wet. Options to cut walk short if required.
Start point Road parking near The Quiet Woman pub at Earl Sterndale (SK090670)
Distance 9km/5½ miles
Time 3 hours
Best map OS Explorer OL24
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