Stanton Moor & Nine Ladies Stone Circle from Rowsley, Peak District

Guided Walking in the Peak District

A guided walk through history from the village of Rowsley, Derbyshire.

Nine Ladies Stone Circle on Stanton Moor in the Peak District on a guided hike with myGuidedWalks
Stanton Moor in the Peak District on a guided hike with myGuidedWalks
Stanton Moor in the Peak District on a guided hike with myGuidedWalks

Maximum group size - 8 people

The walk starts from the small village of Rowsley, located where the River Wye meets the River Derwent. Rowsley is home to the fascinating Caudwell's Mill which still runs most days. We pass by the back of the mill, which has a great cafe we can visit at the end of the walk, and head through fields below the beech wood topped Peak Tor which was home to an early Celtic settlement and still has the remains of a dry moat.

We soon head up fairly steeply towards some lovely woods and then onto Stanton Moor. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the sandstone moor is home to many interesting features for us to visit including the famous bronze age Nine Ladies Stone Circle, the Reform or "Earl Grey" Tower and the Cork Stone .

After exploring the area we walk back down via a different route back to Rowsley.

Walk Details

  • Meet: Car park on Old Station Close, Rowsley (see map) at 09:45 for an 10:00 start

  • Grade: Moderate (due to fairly steep walk up)

  • Length: 11km/6.5miles

  • Height Gain: 300m/1000ft

Price: £40

4% booking fee (capped at £5) +VAT will be applied.


The walk is mostly on good tracks and footpaths with one fairly steep hill up to Stanton Moor from Rowsley, a climb of about 200 m (600 ft). At any time of year there could be some muddy sections.

Recommended Equipment & Clothing

  • Appropriate walking clothing to keep you warm on the day (no jeans as they can be cold if wet).

  • Waterproof jacket.

  • Waterproof trousers.

  • Spare warm layers (several thinner layers are more versatile than 1 thick).

  • Walking boots (some areas are rough and uneven so boots that go above the ankle, providing good ankle support, are recommended rather than low cut walking/trail shoes. Boots will also keep your feet drier than walking shoes in boggy/muddy areas). No Trainers.

  • Warm hat and gloves or sun hat if sunny.

  • Food, drink and snacks for the day. We will have a couple of food stops whilst out on the hill.

  • Personal first aid kit (for minor cuts, blisters, sun cream, pain relief and any personal medication).

  • Rucksack with waterproof liner/bag.

  • Money for parking and/or cafe

  • Hand sanitiser and face covering recommended A face mask/covering does not need to be worn, however whilst virus levels remain high it would be recommended in emergency situations to help protect people whilst providing first aid or assistance, or when entering busy cafes and toilet areas.

  • Optional additions: camera, gaiters and/or walking poles if you have them.

Any questions please email or call me on 07928677626