317 Flash

"Wild and half-barbarous" and that's just the inhabitants! The village of Flash, the highest in Britain, was once notorious for making counterfeit coins. Certainly at 1518 feet it can feel very wild and remote up here, and especially so on Axe Edge Moor. But under summer skies it's a peaceful sort of place and, with the heather in bloom, the moor's sinister hollows are seen to be no more than ancient coal mines, worked by the more law-abiding Flashmen.

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LOCATION: Three miles south of Buxton
START: A53 by entrance to large closed layby opposite road to Brandside, more parking on unfenced Coal Road Grid ref: SK034698 Postcode: SK170SE

DISTANCE: 7.5 miles
GRADE: Moderate, but with a steep ascent
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Outdoor Leisure - White Peak Landranger 119
EN ROUTE: Turn Edge, Oliver Hill, Wolf Edge, Knotbury

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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