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Win Hill

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Win HillWin Hill is situated at the head of the beautiful Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District National Park

The hill rises to a height of 462 metres (1,516 feet), Win Hill Pike (pictured left), a small conical shaped crag, known locally as 'the pimple' is situated at the summit. Win Hill is connected by a ridge to Kinder Scout.

There are many tracks in the area which lead to the hill. The easiest ascent is from the village of Hope, the ascent from Yorkshire Bridge is a very steep climb. The views from the summit over the Ladybower Reservoir, Mam Tor and the hills of the Dark Peak are stunning. A Roman road leads along the ridge and appears to pass over the peak of the Win Hill, while the Hope Cross, a marker post which dates back to 1737, is situated on the slopes of the hill.

Local legend states that Win Hill derives its name from the Dark Age Battle of Win Hill and Lose Hill which is said to have been fought there in 626 AD. The army of Prince Cwichelm and his father, Cynegils, King of Wessex, stationed on nearby Lose Hill and probably aided by Penda, King of Mercia, advanced on the Northumbrians, who were based on Win Hill.

The battle was long and fierce, any by the end the river Noe, which flows between the two hills, is reported to have ‘ran red with blood’. Despite having superior numbers, Cynegils forces were defeated by the Northumbrians who built a wall and rolled boulders down upon them. Although there is no record of this battle occuring in any contemporary Anglo-Saxon source, archaeological finds associated with the battle include a large quantity of bones and old weapons which were unearthed near Gore Lane

A walk to the summit of Win Hill

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