Magnificent rocky scenery surrounds this gritstone village that has some intriguing features waiting to be discovered.
The winding lanes that climb up the hillsides to Birchover reveal some fascinating secrets. At the foot of the village, behind the Druid Inn, are the weird outcrops of Rowter Rocks, where there are some bizarre rock carvings including caves, seats and dragons! Up beyond the village is Stanton Moor, a fascinating area of stone circles, ancient burial mounds and rocky tors. Nearby to the west are more craggy rock formations at Robin Hood's Stride and Cratcliffe Tor, where a medieval hermit's cave can be explored. All around are superb panoramic views across majestic countryside.
Things to do; Explore the rock formations - with care all are fairly accessible if the weather is fine. For the more experienced climber there are some challenging routes on the crags. The area around the village is popular for camping and there are camping barns available. There is a village shop and Birchover has two inns. The village holds open garden days and a church festival.
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Birchover stands on the outskirts of Stanton Moor off the B5056 west of Darley Dale.
Leave the A6 midway between Bakewell & Matlock. Follow the B5056 in Ashbourne direction (approx 2 miles). DE42Bl on Sat Nav systems.
2 miles south of the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock.
: 7 miles from Matlock station