Blacka Moor Plantation Trig Point Walk
This walk in the Peak District starts near Hathersage and explores the Blacka Moor Nature Reserve, bagging the Blacka Plantation trig point and Houndkirk Hill. This walk is under 4 miles.
Our walk started from a small car park just off Hathersage Road. Parking was free. We set off west along the roadside in the direction of the Fox House Inn, and then turned north-west to join Houndkirk Road. This is a rough track which is popular with cyclists.
After about a mile, we turned off onto the moors and followed a boggy path to Houndkirk Hill. From here there are fabulous views over to Ox Stones and the surrounding Burbage Moors.
From the summit of Houndkirk Hill, we retraced our steps to a stake in the ground (I think it was a former footpath sign) and then turned south-east to join Hathersage Road near the Christmas tree farm.
We turned right to head south-ish along Hathersage Road for a short distance, passing the Peak District boundary marker, before heading into the woods at Blacka Moor Nature Reserve. As the Reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, dogs should be kept on leads while in here to protect the wildlife. Blacka Moor is home to an abundance of wildlife, including amazing red deer and many species of birds. It forms part of the Eastern Peak District Moors.
We headed through the woods to a signpost, then turned off to the north to bag the Blacka Plantation trig point. This is a private trig point but it is right next to the wall that forms the boundary between the Open Access Land and the farmers field. The trig point can be touched from over the wall without trespassing.
We retraced our steps back to the signpost, then headed up the hill, through the woods and back to the car park.
Parking: Small lay-by just off Hathersage Road S17 3BJ
Walk Time: 1-2 hours
Distance: 3.8 miles (6.1km)
Trig Points Bagged: Blacka Moor
Peak District Peaks Bagged: Houndkirk Hill
Peak District Ethels Bagged: None