Stanton Moor walk (the Cork Stone and Nine Ladies Circle): circular 3.1 km

This short circular Stanton Moor walk has it all – unusual stones to explore, rocks to climb, woodland, open moorland views, a trig point and muddy puddles! It’s easily one of our favourite peak district family walks, and I’ve been coming here since I was a child. Plus it’s relatively flat, which makes it easier on little legs and a good one to do with the grandparents.

At the start of the walk is a large rock that looks like a corkscrew – it’s begging to be climbed by the grownups if you’re up for the challenge – so this walk has always been called ‘The Cork Walk’ in our family. Though it’s also referred to as the Nine Ladies Circle walk as half way around is a Bronze Age circle that was used by the Druids.

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Map of the Stanton Moor walk

It’s a good idea to have the OS Explorer Active Map OL24 with you. However, this circular path is reasonably straight forward, and it’s difficult to get lost.

Need to know

DISTANCE OF WALK: 3.1 km

TYPE OF WALK: circular

PARKING: There roadside parking here. Spaces are limited, so aim to arrive early in the day.

WALK HIGHLIGHTS: A short, reasonably flat walk that has boulders to climb, woodland to explore, and beautiful expansive moorland.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: Without kids, this is a 45 minute walk. However, with so many places to stop and play along the way, we always allow for a good couple of hours.

TOTAL ASCENT: 54 metres

PUBLIC TOILETS: There are no public toilets on this walk.

Stanton Moor walk
roadside parking here for Stanton Moor walk

The route

This circular route follows an easy clockwise route around Stanton Moor.

1. Follow the footpath behind on the left of the above photo, walk through the gates and up to the Cork Stone.

2. From the Cork Stone, the path follows to the left across the moors. However, the boys always want to run down to play on the boulders to the left before we get on with the walk.

Stanton Moor walk

3. Along the main footpath you will notice a trig point on your right. Feel free to take a detour to explore. Otherwise continue across the moorland and into the woods.

Stanton Moor walk

4. Once you’re in the woods, continue along the footpath, following it to the right. On the below photo take the turning on the right. This then leads you to Nine Ladies Circle.

Stanton Moor walk

5. This is always our obligatory stop for a snack. The boys love playing amongst the Druid circle or head off in to the trees.

6. When you’re ready to move on, follow the path round to the right through the trees. This leads you out on to open moorland again.

Stanton Moor walk
Stanton Moor walk

7. Keep following the obvious path around to the right, which then leads you back to the Cork Stone. Retrace your steps back to the car.

After your walk

It’s a short ten minute drive to either Bakewell or Matlock. But if you’re looking for somewhere to go for a pub lunch, we love the Miners Standard in nearby Winster. There’s no play area, but the staff are welcoming to kids and the homecooked chips are fab.

Want more ideas for family walks?
Check out our Best Family Walks in the Peak District
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