• Start/finish: Poole’s Cavern Country Park off Green Lane which joins the A515/A53.
• Location: The A515 from Ashbourne and A6 from Matlock meet in Buxton.
• Length: 4.5 miles.
Terrain: Hilly, moderately steep in places, can be muddy.
• Refreshments: The Old Sun Inn (Tel 01298 23452) is full of character and dates back to the 16th century, the lettering over the archway at the side of the pub proclaiming ‘good stabling’. It is situated about 60 yards east of the market place in higher Buxton. Meals served lunchtime and evenings during the week and all day at the weekend.
• Hargreaves China and Coffee Shop (Tel. 01298 23083) one of the longest established china shops in the country with an Edwardian style café on the first floor. Open Monday to Saturday every week.
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From Buxton Country Park the walk soon climbs up to the moors and as Stanley Moor is approached there are good views over Axe Edge and from the best vantage points at the top of the climb Kinder Scout can be seen in the distance. Although you pass close to Stanley Moor Reservoir little can be seen of it other than the well grassed dam wall that surrounds it.
Man’s association with Grin Low goes back over five thousand years but it was lime burning and quarrying that scarred the landscape so grievously. Extensive reclamation work in recent years has transformed the area into attractive countryside once more and is now used for leisure pursuits. It has been designated as an area as Special Scientific Interest.
The effort in climbing up to Solomon’s Temple is well rewarded on a clear day with magnificent views over Buxton. Poole’s Cavern was awarded ‘First wonder of the Peak’ status by Charles Cotton in his book written in 1680. It is a natural cave and provided the home for a thief and robber named ‘Poole’ in the 1400’s. The source of the river Wye it is well worth a visit along with Buxton itself.
1. Leave the car park by a gate in the top left corner down a path leading to the road and going right for 100 yards keeping straight on where the road curves to the left.
2. Walk part way across a playing field with a hedge on the left before going through a gap and continuing in the same direction with the hedge now on the right heading towards a row of houses.
3. On reaching the road in front of the houses go to the right. Shortly after entering a field join a narrow fenced path on the right of the field wall, which soon leads you past some farm buildings.
4. On entering an open field at the end of the farm buildings continue straight ahead, climbing gently past a wood to reach a stile in the top corner of the field.
5. Head down the next field to a stile in the bottom corner leading onto the road, turning left and in a few yards sharp right over a stile by a metal gate along a rough track winding uphill to a farm.
6. Walk to the farm and bear right at a small metal gate with the farm buildings on the left.
7. Leave the farm by the lane as it winds its way past Stanley Moor Reservoir to the road.
8. Cross over the road to walk through the gateway into Grin Low Caravan and Camping Park along a tarmac road turning right into the car park at the end.
9. Go through the car park up a slope to follow a clearly signed path for ‘Solomon’s Temple‘, which soon comes into sight.
10. Having reached the temple walk straight back towards Buxton going over a stile and maintaining the same line across the next field to a stile into Grin Low Woods.
11. Turn left and walk through the centre of the wood ignoring all paths to right and left until you come to a ‘T’ junction of paths, where you turn right.
12. Follow the broad path soon turning right down a flight of stone steps back to the entrance to Poole’s Cavern and the start of the walk.
Buxton Features: Visitors arriving in Buxton for the first time from the bleak moorlands cannot be blamed for pinching themselves in some disbelief as they emerge into a town with fine parks and grand old buildings. At well over 1,000 feet above sea level Buxton is the highest town in England for its size.
Close by is the highest village in England at Flash; the highest railway station at Dove Holes; the second highest public house, the Cat and Fiddle.
Places of interest in Buxton: 1. The market place is in Higher Buxton, the older part of the town that rests on a small limestone plateau. Lower Buxton, the newer part of the town, nestles in a river valley. The river, the Wye, does the disappearing trick, being culverted under the town centre before emerging on the far side. Essentially Buxton is a northern town at the southern end of the Pennine Chain, but county boundaries place it in the midlands.
2. The main reason why Buxton has grown to its present size is due to the thermal springs it stands on, from where the water rises at a constant temperature of 82 F (28 C). According to the findings of a British Geological survey the water that emerges fell as rain over five thousand years ago. On its way to the surface the water filters through a bed of ancient limestone finally reaching the light of day totally pure and crystal clear.
3. Places of interest Poole’s Cavern: (Tel. 01298 26978) guided tours are provided of the limestone cavern, famous for its stalactites and stalagmites. Ancient remains show the Romans worshipped here. Large car park, toilets, shop and drinks facilities available. For further information website: www.poolescavern.co.uk