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 family walks, and it’s a flat Peak District walk, which makes it easier on little legs and a good option for those with mobility issues (there are no stiles too). In fact, this walk features in our top 10 Peak District walks with kids.
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.
This walk can be done in 45 mins. But, with kids allow a good few hours for all the places to play (on our last visit, we were here for 3 hours with kids aged between 6 and 9). The Stanton Moor walk really is the perfect example of ‘nature’s playground’.
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If you are planning a visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds if visiting over sunny weekends or school holidays. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs and park your car in designated parking areas. Also, please use these walks as a guide; access and stiles may change.
During the winter months, it’s important to be extra prepared and safe when out walking and adventuring in the Peak District. The weather can change so quickly, especially on the exposed escarpments, and we don’t want you to get caught out.
Read our top tips for safe winter walking with the kids.
PARKING INFORMATION: Please do not rely solely on the postcode for parking directions. In the National Park, a postcode can cover a large area. Postcodes are only provided as guidance. Please either use the Google Maps point provided for every walk, or what3words.
Do check out our top tips for hiking with young kids, as well as our essential items to take on a family hike in the Peak District.
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Map of the Stanton Moor walk
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This Stanton Moor walk follows the below map in a clockwise direction.
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Need to know
DISTANCE OF WALK: 3.1 km (2 miles)
TYPE OF WALK: circular
PARKING: There is roadside along Birchover Road. Click here for Google Map Point, post code: DE4 2LR. Spaces are limited, so aim to arrive early in the day (before 10am). Please respect local residents and do not block the road. If there is no parking available, head to the small car park 300 metres down the road (it’s free) opposite Birchover Stone (click here for Google Map location on your phone). However, you will need to walk along the road to the start of the walk, so please take care.
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 1 hour walk. However, with so many places to stop and play along the way, allow for a good 2-3 hours with young kids.
TOTAL ASCENT: 47 metres
PUBLIC TOILETS: There are no public toilets on this walk.
START: Roadside parking next to entrance of Stanton Moor
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 2419 6280
Post code: DE4 2LR
Route follows a clockwise direction.
1. Follow the obvious footpath leading through the entrance from where the cars are parked. Walk through the wooden kissing gate and up to the Cork Stone.
2. From the Cork Stone, the path follows to the left across Stanton Moor. However, down to the left is a large depression from old quarrying, that’s begging to be played in. So run down to play on the boulders to the left before we get on with the walk.
3. Back along the main footpath, after 150 metres you will notice a trig point on your right. Feel free to take a detour to explore (Stanton Moor trig point is just 70 metres from the main footpath). Otherwise continue across the moorland and into the woods.
4. Once you’re in the woods, continue along the footpath, following it to the right. There are lots of trees begging to be climbed here! On the below photo take the turning on the right. This then leads you to Nine Ladies Circle.
5. The Nine Ladies Circle is a perfect picnic spot. So roll out the picnic blanket and let the kids play amongst the Druid circle or head off into the trees to explore.
6. When you’re ready to move on, head over to the Nine Ladies sign to the right and then follow the path up to the right through the trees. This leads you out onto open moorland again.
7. After 750 metres from the Nine Ladies Circle, there is a footpath junction. Keep following the obvious footpath around to the right. This leads you back to the Cork Stone (one more try at climbing to the top?). Then retrace your steps back to the car to complete this Stanton Moor walk.
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Want more ideas for family walks?
Best Family Walks in the Peak District
Pram Friendly Peak District walks
Toddler walks in the Peak District
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