Buxton - Three Shires Head - Buxton

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From the town centre of Buxton, walk westerly towards the area of Burbage. At Burbage, cross onto Macclesfield Old Road and follow this road uphill until it becomes a track. Climb the track and just before reaching the highest point, turn due south, crossing open moorland over the top of Axe Edge Moor.

Continue following path which swings south-west and on reaching Orchard Farm, walk along metalled road, following the stream into Three Shires Head and Panniers Pool. From Three Shires Head, climb path northwards to where it crosses the Congleton road. After crossing road, continue north-west and then north along path over open moorland towards the Cat & Fiddle Public House, England's second highest.

From the Cat & Fiddle, head east on road, take the first turning left a short distance from the pub and descend into the Goyt Valley. At the bottom of the hill is the Derbyshire Bridge (old county boundary) Ranger Centre. From here follow the obvious path east, climbing back up towards Buxton and your starting point.

About four miles can be taken off the route by parking your vehicle closer to Waymark 2, but there are no car parks available near to this point and your vehicle would have to be left at side of road outside residential houses.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Castle, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Museum, National Trust, Play Area, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife
4/1/2014 - Norman Brannick

Completed this walk 31st March 2014. I started the walk from (Derbyshire Bridge car park) which is close to WM2. I turned right out of the car park onto the old Macclesfield pack horse track following it up hill until I reached WM2 on the right. It was quite a misty morning when I started but cleared as the morning went on, there were quite a few boggy areas along the way. Panniers Pool is like an oasis in the middle of nowhere, I can understand now why this walk is so popular. There are a few steep climbs as you come out of Three Shires Head but nothing too strenuous. I would recommend this walk to anyone..

1/24/2005 - Glenn Ladkin

Did this walk 23/1/05 There is good parking just past waypoint 3 on the A54 this makes the Cat & Fiddle a nice Sunday Lunch break with a selection of either completing the walk or a 2 mile stroll back to the car. :-) PS The Hotpot is good :-)

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