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Birchover, Robin Hood's Stride

Ebenezer Rhodes visited here on his third excursion into the Peak District around 1820 to 1822. He had just visited a Druidical Circle, with three upright stones (originally seven) still standing, on "Hartle" [Harthill] Moor. "An unfrequented path of another quarter of a mile led us to the base of Mock Beggar Hall, a curious assemblage of sand-stone rocks thrown confusedly together, yet so arranged as to form at a distance a strong resemblance to a regular building, with a huge chimney at each extremity ; hence the name which this mass of rocks has obtained : the stony towers at each end are called Robin Hood's Stride"[1].

Robin Hood's Stride is to the west of Birchover and the north of Elton and is probably best seen by non-ramblers from the narrow Cliff Lane, a minor road connecting Elton and Alport. The twin pillars, 18 feet high and 22 yards apart[2], are said to measure the stride of the heroic outlaw of Sherwood Forest.

Birchover is mentioned in the following on-site transcripts:

Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811, Parishes B, which has more about the village.
Kelly's 1891 Directory.

"Robin Hood's Stride, Birchover". No publisher but No.2306. Unused.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] Rhodes, Ebenezer (1824) "Peak Scenery" pub. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster Row.

[2] Firth J. B. (1908) "Highways and Byways in Derbyshire" MacMillan & Co., London.

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