Bradnop, Moor Top and Hill House Trig Point Walk
This is a triple trig bagging walk starting in the pretty village of Onecote before heading out to find Bradnop trig point, Moor Top trig point and Hill House trig point. The walk is 8 miles long and explores the beautiful Staffordshire Peak District countryside (whilst ticking a few off the Peak District trig point list).
We parked outside the village hall in Onecote, where there is an honesty box (suggested donation £2). We then headed north-west through the village to find the public footpath (it runs through the farmyard next to the church). The footpath leads across the fields, and isn’t the most obvious, but soon comes to a stile crossing a stream. Over the stile, the path heads through the field (head to the water trough at the top of the field) and then up alongside a line of trees.
We found the stile in the fence – it’s quite well hidden – and then carried on up to Morridge Top Road. A quick detour to the south-west and we found our first trig point, Bradnop. It’s tucked over the wall (topped with barbed wire) and is just reachable if you have really long arms or a stick!
We turned back and walked along Morridge Top Road for almost a mile to find the next trig point, Moor Top. Again, this is stuck on the other side of a wall topped with barbed wire but is slightly nearer the wall so easier to reach!
Trig photos taken, we set off along the road for around another mile until we came to some stone gateposts leading to a farm track and the footpath. The footpath runs down the track a short distance and then off over the fields, and took us through a field of the friendliest sheep ever! They ran over to us and made Holly’s day.
After fussing with the sheep, we followed the footpaths down the fields into Mixon and we came into a farmyard near a beautiful run down barn. I love a bit of “faded grandeur” and this barn fits it (a bit). The footpath dog legs round the barn and down into a dell with a pond, which we passed and walked through more sheep fields.
The path runs alongside what I think is a former mill pond, leading to a farm track where the farmer has put in new fencing to mark out the footpath. With the fence on our right and the stone wall on our left we walked up the field before joining the farm track.
The path leads out onto Breech Road and you can see the gate leading to the trig point straight ahead. It’s a very short walk from the gate to Hill House trig point (and it’s sheep guardians).
After we’d admired the views at Hill House trig point, we followed Breech Road for about half a mile before picking up the footpath across the fields, passing through Butterton Moor Top Farm.
The footpath eventually joins Onecote Road and passes The Jervis Arms pub, where we had a lovely Sunday lunch. It’s not a muddy boots style pub and we didn’t see any dogs there either, but the food was delicious.
This was a great walk for ticking off a few more of those Peak District trig points, and exploring the beautiful Staffordshire Peak District countryside.
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Parking: There is a parking area in front of Onecote Village Hall, Douse Lane, Onecote, Leek ST13 7RU
Walk Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)
Trig Points Bagged: Bradnop, Moor Top, Hill House
Peak District Peaks Bagged: None
Peak District Ethels Bagged: None
You can click on the map to download the GPX file from Komoot.