564 Wardlow Hay Cop

Despite the official name of Cressbrook Dale we know the valley best as Ravensdale, gem of the Peak District. High above stands Wardlow Hay Cop, the "look-out hill", open thanks to the CROW Act and, with cowslips and early-purple orchids, a springtime delight. The woods too are beautiful with wood anemonies and bluebells. If you like flowers, this is a walk not to be missed, while to our surprise even on a bank holiday weekend with walkers out in their dozens we had our lunch on Wardlow Hay Cop in splendid isolation.

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LOCATION: Seven miles east of Buxton
START: Upperdale, signed from B6465 at Monsal Head. Roadside car park
Grid ref: SK176723 Postcode: SK178SZ
DISTANCE: 5.5 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: River Wye, Monsal, Water-cum-Jolly, Hay Dale

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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