The High Peak Estate is owned by The National Trust and covers a large area, including;

Bleaklow, in parts peat and gritstone moorland north of Kinder Scout.  Bleaklow is the source of the river Derwent and a lot of it is almost 2000ft above sea level. The Pennine Way crosses Bleaklow Head, one of three summits - the others being Higher Shelf Stones and Bleaklow Stones.  It is possible, on particularly clear days, to see Snowdonia, also Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside, known as the Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales.

odin-mineOdin Mine is an ancient lead mine and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, having biological and geological significance.  It is not known when Odin Mine was first worked, but it is thought that it was mined by the Romans, who were extracting a great deal of lead from mines in the area.  Odin, or Oden as it is named in old records, is a Danish God and this is used to suggest that the mine has links to early Danish settlers.

Derwent Edge, a millstone grit escarpment high above the Upper Derwent Valley overlooking Ladybower Reservoir.   Derwent Edge is popular with walkers, who are asked to keep to the designated walking areas to avoid disurbing breeding birds.  It has been proposed as a Special Protection Area for birds and a lot of the moorland around Derwent Edge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to the rare flowers, plants and birds to be found there. Although not as well used as Stanage Edge, Derwent Edge is still popular with climbers and has many routes, ranging from difficult to very severe.

Looking eastwards along the edge towards Fairbrook Naze, the small side valleys of Upper and Nether Red Brook can be seen descending the steep hillside into the Ashop valley. The famous Snake Pass cuts through the magnificent conifers of Snake Woodlands.


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Kinder Scout: the northern edge SK0789

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Kinder Scout, named after the village of De Kinder which was mentioned in the Domesday book and used to lie on the slope of the peak, is moorland and a mountain close to the village of Edale. Part of it is 2087ft above sea level, making it the highest point in Derbyshire. In 1932, it was the site of the Mass Trespass.  That action by ramblers led to changes in the law over many many years, culminating in the Countryside and Rights Of Way Act 2000 and the right to roam in 2003, and it is for this reason that we can roam freely and enjoy this beautiful area.  Kinder Scout is popular hiking country and is crossed by the Pennine Way.  Sadly this has led to erosion of the underlying peat, something that the local authority and the National Trust are working on.

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