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Issue 10 - Harboro & Rainster Rocks

Start: Free car park at Brassington (SK 2235 5467)
Route: Brassington - Harboro Rocks - High Peak Trail - Longcliffe - Rainster Rocks - Brassington.
Map: Explorer OL 24: The Peak District White Peak Area.
Distance: 4.25 miles
Terrain: Good paths and fields. There are some short sections of road walking where close supervision of childen is recommended, the roads aren't busy but they don't have pavements.
Refreshments: Two pubs in Brassington.
Toilets: None

rainster rocks - view from the top
View from the top of Rainster Rocks

An ideal walk for working off all those mince pies. Long enough to make you feel like youíve had some exercise but gentle enough for all of the family to enjoy. With the option of two diversions to explore two rocky outcrops and a cave you can easily turn this into a more adventurous walk, should you wish to.

From the car park turn left, away from the road, uphill, past the picnic tables to reach a public footpath sign and a squeeze stile on the left.

Go through the stile and head uphill following an obvious path; keep the fence on your right, but donít forget to look back and admire the views of Brassington and beyond. The fence soon becomes a stone wall. At the corner of the wall follow the clear track diagonally across the field, heading towards Harboro Rocks.

When the path reaches the wall turn left to the gate and squeeze stile in the corner of the field. Exit the field and turn right for a short stretch of road walking. Just after you have passed Hobens take the public footpath sign and a stile on the left. Watch out, the stile is a little wobbly.

Follow the track around Hobens to join the High Peak Trail. If you donít wish to explore Harboro Rocks and the cave turn left along the High Peak Trail in the direction of Parsley Hay.

To explore Harboro Rocks take the squeeze stile opposite and head uphill to a gate. Once through the gate bear left to find signs directing you up through the rocks to the trig point on the summit. From the trig point the views stretch for miles in all directions, with the south-easterly view dominated by Carsington Water.

To visit the cave pick a route back down to the level below the summit and then head right, (assuming your back is to the rocks). The cave can be tricky to find and it may require a bit of wandering about before you come across it. From the cave, head back to the gate, which gave you access to the rocks and return to the High Peak Trail. Turn right along the High Peak Trail towards Parsley Hay.

harboro and rainster rocks route

Continue along the High Peak Trail until you reach the deserted Longcliffe Station with its picnic tables. Just past the station and before you reach the house (on the left) take the track on the right to reach the road via a squeeze stile. Turn left to follow the road under the High Peak Trail.

Continue along the road, round two bends, to reach a public bridleway sign and stile on the left. Cross the stile and follow the clear track, with the wall on your left, to reach a gate and sheep pens.

Take the field to the right of the sheep-pens. Continue straight ahead, in the direction of Rainster Rocks, with the wall to your left, to a tree at the corner of the field. Continue straight ahead across the second field to cross a broken wall into a third field. Ignore any footpath signs on your left to follow the path below Rainster Rocks.

To visit Rainster Rocks, at a stake, which marks an obvious crossroad, turn right uphill. The faint path will eventually swing right, through the trees to reach the foot of the rocks. Be aware that Rainster Rocks are exposed and very narrow at the summit. They can be explored with care but children should be closely supervised at all times. Return to the footpath the same way you approached the rocks.

Follow the clear track, which is staked, across the field heading towards the barn and not the left-hand corner of the field. Turn left to walk along the road for less than 100 yards. Where the road turns sharply right continue straight ahead, along the walled track.

At the end of the track turn right through a squeeze stile by a gate and follow the clear path across the field for magnificent views of Carsington Water. As the path heads downhill it reaches another squeeze stile and then splits. Take the left-hand and higher fork in the track to initially continue along the hillside before dropping to the corner of the field behind Chapel House.

Exit the field and turn left along the lane. When another lane comes in from below continue straight ahead, uphill, to a road junction. Turn right, downhill, to the entrance to the car park.

harboro rocks and cave
The cave at Harboro Rocks
Note: We have taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the walk is safe and achievable by walkers of a realistic level of fitness. The publisher accepts no responsibility for any injuries caused to readers whilst following the walk. Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
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