Where three Counties meet

Recently I went on a walk with my Dad and my Uncle using  the website Walking World, a great site to help guide you in your next ramble in the countryside.

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We started in Gradbach, walking a circular route past the Three Shire Heads. The Three Shire Heads, an area on Axe Edge Moor where Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet, is somewhere I haven’t been since I was younger (and I was probably moaning about aching legs and whining ‘are we there yet?!’ at my parents!), so on a sunny Autumnal Monday morning we set out on our hike.

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Parking in the Peak District National Park car park in Gradbach (which is free!), we headed up the road and past the beautiful Youth Hostel , formally flax mill (which is an ideal place to stay if you’re looking for accommodation within the Peak District) to climb the incline out of Dane Valley and to the village of Wildboarclough (which is actually pronounced Wilbercluff !) in the adjacent valley.

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In the distance we could see Shutlingsloe, a huge towering hill in the distance nicknamed the ‘Matterhorn of the Peak’ because of its familiar shape.

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Passing through beautiful hillsides, fields and moors we passed numerous derelict barns, wildlife, toadstools and also a charming honesty box offering homemade brownies and water!

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We eventually dropped down into Dane Valley and the Shires Head where you can travel between the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire in just a few short steps!

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We stayed here for some time, taking in the view and sounds of the water gushing past. After taking numerous photographs we started our walk back, following the River Dane back towards Gradbach.

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It’s so wonderful to get out in the fresh air, spending quality time with family and discovering places on your own doorstop, and I am already perusing Walking World for more adventures!

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