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Harboro Rocks near Brassington

The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages

Harboro Rocks

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Sculpted out of an outcrop of Dolomitic Limestone (most of the Peak is Carboniferous) on the high ridge above Brassington, Harboro Rocks are notable for their spiky outline, which can make them look really eery in misty conditions. They offer good quality, if short, rock climbs. The rocks are just off the High Peak Trail and there are no access problems.

Daniel Defoe came here on his 'Tour through Great Britain' in the early 18th century and described a family living in Harboro Cave - a natural cavern in the edge which has been excavated by archaeologists who have found evidence of occupation from the Ice Age onwards.

Harboro Rocks - entrance to Harboro Cave
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Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK242553 Click here for Google Maps

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How to get there

By Road:
From Matlock travel south on the A6 to Cromford where you turn right onto the Wirksworth road. Head up the steep hill and at the top turn right to Middleton. At the cross-roads head straight across and then past the turning to Middleton Top. Take the next road on the right, after 1.5km, signposted to Longcliffe. Harboro Rocks are a further 3km along this road, on the right, above a disused factory.

By Bus: there are regular buses to Brassington, from whence Harboro Rocks are a 1.5km walk.
When is it open?

Access land - no access restrictions

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