Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill in the White Peak (4.4 miles/7 km)
Locally these hills combine and are called the ‘Dragon’s Back’. As you drive into Longnor it looks as if the Loch Ness monster is breaking through the crust of the earth’s surface, snaking up, down, up and down again to the depths of the planet. It’s an amazing landscape set amidst lush green pastures being grazed by the local farm sheep and one that is just begging to be walked upon. This is an easy walk and a fabulous place to enjoy, but be warned, for these two micro-alpine summits, you will still need a fair head for heights!
Start / Finish Location – Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire
Distance: 4.4 miles / 7 km
Height gain: 1220 ft / 347m
How tough? Easy (though it is hilly, and a head for heights is needed)
Local pubs we would recommend: The Quiet Woman in Earl Sterndale (very traditional village pub)
I don’t think I have ever set out to walk on these hills and have not enjoyed a day of perfect weather! Crisp winter days, or clear spring sunshine – I’ve always been blessed with great weather on these two hills!
Be aware, there are no paths shown on the map for these two hills, but they do lie on access land, which means you are allowed on them. My advice is to follow your nose a bit, whilst at the same time only passing through walls and fences using the gates and stiles which exist. You’ll find worn paths that will safely take you to the summits alright!
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