Derbyshire Druid's Stone Circle and CAMRA Pub Walk
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Our path takes us across a valley and then up through woodland to the higher ground near Birchover and on to Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. If it is a clear day we will get brilliant views of the Derwent Valley.
From the moor we descend to the village of Stanton in the Peak and to our CAMRA pub - The Flying Childers, named after a famous racehorse. There are a number of houses in Stanton in the Peak which have their windows bricked up to as a result of the window tax. This was an early property tax dreamed up before the poll tax!
From Stanton we descent to Ivy Bar Brook up on to Spring Wood and yet more stone circles near Cratcliffe Tor a large gritstone cliff and Robin Hood's Stride. From the cliff tops we descend via the Limestone Way via Fluorspar mines back to the Village of Winster and a possible visit to another CAMRA pub "The Old Bowling Green" which was established in 1472!
Stanton Moor is high above both the Derwent and Wye valleys. For this reason that it was probably chosen as a centre by the Bronze Age inhabitants of the area, who have left so many traces of their occupation upon the moor. The moor contains at least 70 barrows as well as stone circles, ancient enclosures and standing stones.
The best known feature is the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, which lies at the centre of the moor - a low circle of gritstone blocks. There is also a small standing stone , the King's Stone probably, only a small part of what was once some sort of ceremonial area. These may be related to the Druids.
The window tax was introduced in 1696 under King William III and was designed to impose a property tax relative to the wealth of the taxpayer
When the window tax was introduced, there was a basic tax of 2 shillings per house and a tax for the number of windows for houses with more than 10 windows. Some owners bricked up windows to save on the window tax and there are several examples in the village of Stanton in the Peak.
What to bring
Usual summer kit with shorts if you prefer, but also best to bring a waterproof and a lightweight fleece in case it turns cool at the end of the day.
Sun cream and a hat for sun protection is advised.
Food & drink
Bring plenty of water or soft drinks to keep hydrated and a packed lunch as we will only stop at the pub for a quick pint.