489 Eldon Hill

In 1632 Thomas Hobbes listed Eldon Hole as one of the Seven Wonders of the Peak. It was hardly a popular guidebook though - entitled "De Mirabilibus Pecci" it was all in Latin. Locals of course knew about this "bottomless pit" and it was widely reported that a goose, thrown into its depths, emerged in Castleton's Peak Cavern with "its feathers singed by the fires of hell". Eldon Hill may not be a giant among mountains, but beneath your feet there's 10,000ft of limestone - some hill!

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LOCATION: Three miles east of Chapel-en-le-Frith
START: Peak Forest. Turn left off A623, signed Perryfoot, & park at far end of Church Lane
Grid ref: SK115794 Postcode: SK178EN
DISTANCE: 4.5 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 2.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak & Dark Peak Landranger 110 & 119
NOTE: No stiles at all if you use the track from Old Dam direct to the farm instead
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Old Dam, Oxlow Rake

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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