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Hope Cross above Edale on the line of old Roman road from Brough to Glossop, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park | by NE2 3PN
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Hope Cross above Edale on the line of old Roman road from Brough to Glossop, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park

This guide stoop is approximately 7-8 feet tall. The base of the shaft is worn smooth by generations of travellers leaning against it.

 

There is believed to have been a cross or marker stone in this position for many centuries, but this stone is marked 1737. Pack horse routes then crossed the hills and routes from Edale to Sheffield and Brough to Glossop met here, high above what we now see as the Ladybower Reservoir.

 

Since 1984 this has been Grade II listed see: www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?ui...

 

The capstone was removed at some time between Christmas 2011 and early January 2012. So far it hasn't been found.*

 

In earlier times the cap was loose. Lifting it was a challenge for local young men to test their strength. Well done to the young men of today. The rest of us would be most grateful if they'd now, please, replace it!

 

Hopefully the culprits were pranksters and not criminals and will return it.

 

*1.2.2012 - capstone found near Bradwell and now replaced.

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Taken on January 18, 2011