Dedicated to the ancient monuments of Derbyshire and it's bordering counties.
Despite centuries of ever increasing populations, industrialization and farming pressures, Derbyshire and it's neighboring counties, South Yorkshire and Staffordshire are still littered with signs of our pre-historic past, stone circles, standing stones, rock art and cairns etc.
These monuments can be visited first hand if your willing to take the time wandering the rugged moors and gentle rolling plains of the area, in some cases, as with the Bull Ring near Buxton, even at the heart of modern day communities.
Sadly, many of our ancient sites have also been lost forever and inexplicably some are still not afforded the respect they deserve today, with some a mere shell of their former selves and some being totally lost.
This being so, during your visit if you notice any damage or have any concerns, no matter how small you should report it to the relevant authorities, a list of which can be found in the links section.
Visiting the remaining sites can be very rewarding and you'll often find yourself enriched not only with a greater understanding of our islands history and a will to look deeper into the past, but also rewarded with breathtaking scenery.
This website is a database for these monuments and will deal with everything from well preserved and easily accessible Henges through to the more remote and ruinous Cairns often located on barren moorland well off the worn paths.
Due to the location of some of these sites basic navigational skills are a must, along with the ability to use a compass or gps device in combination with a map, you'll also need reliable outdoor clothing, boots, waterproofs, warm clothing for the colder months, and for some of the sites which may entail a round walk of several hours, food and a flask.
Safety is an important factor in moorland walking and you should equip yourself suitably, carrying a basic first aid kit is a good idea, especially when visiting the more remote sites, and especially so during winter walking, but of course the best safety precaution is to take a friend or two along. !
Before a site visit do a little research, study your map so you know what sort of terrain you'll encounter, and check the weather forecasts, some of the sites are in very exposed locations where the weather can change within minutes without notice, be prepared for every eventuality if the weather is changeable.
Throughout the website clear and concise directions will be given where possible, though due to the location of some of the sites, which are far from main paths, the ability to navigate with map and compass is essential, where applicable headings and sight lines will be given as accurately as possible.
Some of the sites featured within these pages are located on barren featureless moorland, and whilst every care will be taken by ourselves in regards to pointing out known safety concerns we cannot accept responsibility for your safety.
By using the instructions contained here you accept you do so entirely at your own risk.
With care and common sense you should have no problems enjoying a fulfilling day out in some of the most beautiful countryside Britain has to offer.
If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact us via e-mail for advice.
Happy hunting !
Please note, this site is currently under construction and will be updated as and when time is available, thanks.
Geoff and Stu.
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