Lantern Pike Circular Walk
This Lantern Pike circular walk takes in the fallen trig point at Lantern Pike, the peak at Cown Edge and the trig point at Harry Hut before heading over Burnt Hill back to The Lantern Pike pub. Why not try this circular hike in the Peak District next time you fancy a walk out (or to get multiple trig points in one day!).
Lantern Pike is a mountain in the Peak District which is 373m above sea level. Part of this Lantern Pike circular walk uses the Pennine Bridleway. The Lantern Pike trig point isn’t actually on top of the hill – that’s a toposcope, but the actual trig point is lying down nearby in a field, poor thing!
As we always try to go on Peak District walks with pubs, our walk starts in a lay-by opposite The Lantern Pike pub. We crossed the road and walked down Primrose Lane, with the red phone box on our left, down to the old mill now converted into flats. You’ll cross a pretty little bridge.
The footpaths are pretty easy going and climb gently until you get to the foot of Lantern Pike itself. You’ll go through a gate and then turn left to head up the hill. It’s a steep climb to the top of the hill, but it doesn’t take long once you get going.
The Lantern Pike trig point isn’t at the summit of Lantern Pike itself. The poor thing is lying face down in a field on a nearby hillside – is it weird that I feel sorry for it?! If you are wondering how to find the Lantern Pike trig point, you’ll need to be heading up to the Lantern Pike summit and make a little detour into an adjacent field. Be aware that the trig itself is on Open Access Land but the field next door is privately owned so don’t go in there! The Lantern Pike trig point is located near the point shown as 358 on the OS Map and is in the field bounded by orange markings, not the other adjacent field. You’ll need to cross a broken down wall so be careful of any barbed wire there might be.
We then headed back to the Lantern Pike summit and admired the view. There is a summit marker which shows all the peaks you can see around you, which is great for working out where is where.
The walk then took us down the other side of the hill and along the bridleway until we reached the road. Here, Mr R decided we should head up to Cown Edge to bag another Peak District Peak for our Peak District Peak Bagging Challenge so we set off up Monks Road.
After a short sharp climb to the top of Cown Edge we wandered along the top and explored the old quarry there before walking back down to Monks Road.
At the junction of Monks Road and Glossop Road there is the baseplate of an old trig point which is long gone now (Hollingworth Head). Hols wasn’t that impressed!
After walking up Glossop Road, past the old Grouse Inn, the public footpath takes you across Chunal Moor to Harry Hut trig point. Who Harry Hut is or was, or why he had a hut on the moors, is anyone’s guess, but the trig point offers amazing views across the moors so is well worth a visit. As it’s moorland, it can get very wet and boggy so wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Be sure you can navigate as well in case of bad weather rolling in – the weather can change quickly!
We set off over the moors until the path joined a paved path and followed this over the moors to Burnt Hill. Passing this summit the path leads you back to the main Glossop Road. You can either follow this back to the pub or, as we did, follow a path which will take you over Hollingworth Clough and Middle Moor.
We arrived back at the pub after walking 18km which is a new PB for Hols (who’s 9) and very ready for some late lunch. I had a cottage pie and Mr R had the Sunday lunch and we can definitely recommend both. They also have a kids menu which is a plus for Hols.
We’d driven past Lantern Pike so many times on our way to other Peak District peaks and it was lovely to walk this Lantern Pike circular walk. You could make the route shorter, by only walking Lantern Pike, or not going up Cown Hill, but this walk took us over beautiful countryside and gorgeous moorland so is definitely worth doing. Follow the blog for more Peak District walks with pubs.
Here’s the map for this Lantern Pike circular route – click to download the gpx file:
Parking: Glossop Road lay-by opposite the Lantern Pike pub.
Facilities: None en-route but the Lantern Pike pub is available.
Trig Points bagged: Lantern Pike and Harry Hut
Peak District Peaks bagged: Lantern Pike and Cown Edge
Peak District Ethels bagged: Lantern Pike and Cown Edge