DERBYSHIRE HERITAGE Derbyshire Peak District - higger-tor

Robin Hood's Stride or Mock Beggars Hall
Robin Hood's Stride or Mock Beggars Hall

A gritstone crag which at twilight some say looks like a large house, giving the outcrop its alternative name `Mock Beggars Hall`.

Legend has it that Robin strode between the tower-like stones at either end of the tor, but this is unlikely because they are 15 metres apart and the ascent of the towers is difficult - especially the southern one.

Nearby Harthill Moor Farm, which can be seen from the Stride, is built on the site of Castle Ring, an Iron Age fort. This is one of the forts built along the ancient track known as the Portway, which passed just alongside Robin Hood's Stride.

The area surrounding Robin Hood's Stride contains traces of barrows, Bronze or Iron Age enclosures and hut circles, but the most visible monument is the stone circle known as the 'Nine Stones' (though in fact only four are standing) which lies about 200 metres to the north-west.

Just to the north-east lies Cratcliff Tor which has a hermit's cave, hidden by an ancient group of yew trees. This was probably inhabited around the 12th century and contains a crucifix carved out of the wall of the cave.

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