518 Oker Hill

Where in Derbyshire will you find a Yorkshire Dale and a link with the Lake District? The answer is above Darley Bridge near Matlock, for here lies the miniature Wensley Dale. And a Wordsworth sonnet is the Lake District link, for when the poet was visiting the area he heard the local legend about two brothers who each planted a tree on the summit of Oker Hill. "Each planted on that lofty place a chosen tree", he wrote, and even today a tall sycamore stands proudly on the very top.

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LOCATION: Two miles north west of Matlock
START: Darley Dale B5057. Roadside parking near church, more parking on Oker Road.
Grid ref: SK268614 Postcode: DE4 2JT
DISTANCE: 3.5 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Snitterton

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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