Grinah and Barrow Stones

Grinah and Barrow Stones
Start : Kings Tree The parking at the end of the road at the end of the Upper Derwent Valley road.[SK169950 270m ]
Summary : Kings Tree - Ridge Nether Moor - Round Hill - Barrow Stones - Grinah Stones - Round Hill - Lower Small Clough - River Derwent - Kings Tree
distance : 13.0km.
ascent : 360m.
time : 4hr. 30min.

The top of the Howden reservoir has some very rough, sometimes wet, and wild moorland. But don't be put off as there is a special magic to this area of the Peak District. The walk starts at King's Tree and then reaches the interesting stones at Grinah and Barrow Stones before descending Lower Small Clough and back alongside the River Derwent.


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There are many ways to do this walk. The suggested route is to gain the high ground via Linch Clough. Go through the gate at the end of the road. Cross the bridge and the path up Linch Clough is on the left. Follow this path on the right of the stream until it fades out. Cross the stream and follow the path up and around the slopes of the south west bank of Linch Clough. Follow this path around to the ridge. The top section ay be wet, so turn uphill to reach the bottom of Black Dyke Drain. This is not marked on the 1:50,000 map but does clearly exist. It gives a good route up the ridge, with perhaps wet areas which are easily avoided. Walk along the drain and from the end of it there is a well marked path that ascends Round Hill. Again this land can be wet, but a bit of jumping avoids the main areas. Follow this path to the bottom of Round Hill and make for the summit via the stony ridge. There is a good round shelter marking the summit. (4.0kms. 280m. 1hrs. 50min.)

Leave Round Hill and walk over to Barrow Stones following the small path. There is a fence surrounding Bleaklow just below Barrow Stones, to keep sheep out. Once Barrow Stones is reached it is worth exloring around to see the many fine rock sculptures in the area. The source of the River Derwent is just around the corner at SK132967. There is a sign as well. The whole area is a mix of groughs, peat and water so the exact position of the source is a matter fro debate. Leave Barrow Stones using the path that contours around the edge to Grinah Stones, which is just down from the skyline. Again it is worth exploring around Grinah Stones. Both Barrow Stones and Grinah Stones have have impressive rock formations that stand out amongst the moorland of the Upper Derwent Valley. (1.0kms. 80m. 0hrs. 30min.)

The first part of the descent is to retrace the uphill route back to Barrow Stones and Round Hill, following the paths that contour the slopes. Descend Round Hill via the marked path, and down to the start of Black Dike Drain. Just after the start of the drain, there is a track climbing from Westend and a path down Lower Small Clough (SK141955). It is this latter path that the walker follows. Here there is a well marked path down Lower Small Clough. This first passes Round Hill Cabins, that are not round! Continue down the clough on the path to reach the main valley. It should not be too difficult to cross the Derwent in normal conditions. Once across, climb the grassy slopes steeply to reach the track. Follow this good track alongside the River Derwent down to Slippery Stones bridge and then back to Kings Tree. (8.0kms. 0m. 2hrs. 20min.)