A small and unassuming hill stands over the village of Wootton. A lone trig point waiting to be bagged. Weaver Hill is a nice small walk on the very edge of the Peak District with views over nearby quarries and across to Wootton Park.
Parking is in Wootton itself, in a small village car park, or across the road on the Dairy Farm.
Start the walk at the entrance of the dairy farm and head to your right up the footpath. It looks as though this may be a farm track, so don’t be alarmed if a tractor comes by!
Head over the first stile you come to in the trees and walk in a north-easterly direction across the field. Mind the large cow pats!
Ahead is a wire fence with a series of stiles to make your way over.
Keep walking straight in the direction of the hills and over 2 large fields. Please don’t forget to close the gates behind you. These appear to be working farms so there may be livestock on them from time to time. Don’t forget to adhere to the Countryside Code. You can read more about it here.
As you go through the second gate, a worn path in the grass follows round to the left, to another gate. This marks the start of the ascent up to Weaver Hill.
Through The Fields
There is no official footpath, but you can make out a worn path to follow in the grass, or just navigate your own way up. Just follow your nose! There is a steepness to the climb up, but the ascent is fairly short. Be careful of animal burrows, there are quite a few tunnels hidden in the ground.
The trig point stands proud on the top waiting to be conquered. 360 degree views allow you a teaser of what else the Peak District has to offer. There is no shelter and the top is exposed so wind will be more prevalent. But on a sunny day, Weaver Hill is perfect for picnics.
Follow your way back and reward yourself with a gorgeous ice cream from Daltons Dairy. There is an honesty shop with home-made ice cream, milk, eggs and jams. Just pop your money in the box and write down what you have taken. Picnic tables are available and there are also a few activities for the kids to play with while you put your feet up. This was definitely a highlight for our walk, as it finally felt normal to get ice-cream at the end of our day.
The shop has sanitising equipment on hand and other customers were mindful of social distancing.
Weaver Hill is great for short legs who want a small hill to climb. There are several opportunities to run around, and even roll down the hills on the way back! The area isn’t very busy so it’s definitely a quieter place to be.
P.S – Apparently when Alton Towers have their fireworks, Weaver Hill is the perfect place to sit back and watch for free!