The mysterious site of Minninglow (also referred to as Minning Low) lies in the Derbyshire Peak District, located just off the High Peak Trail, closest to the villages of Pikehall and Parwich. It is a large collection of ancient tombs strewn through woodland on the top of a hill, with a distinctive double ring of beech trees that make it a landmark for many miles around.
comprise an Early Neolithic chambered tomb which is the largest in Derbyshire, dating
back to 3400BC, and two bowl barrows that date back to the Bronze Age.
Minninglow chambered tomb is made up of an oval-shaped cairn that measures 45m
x 38m and stands at a height of 2.4m. It
contains two complete chambers made of limestone slabs, and three further
tombs are funerary monuments, marking the ancient resting places of Britain’s
earliest rural communities. They were
often used for communal burials and were also likely to have been ritual sites
for local people. Only 300 chambered
tombs still survive in England, and the tomb at Minninglow is particularly
well-preserved. Because of this it has
nationally-recognised heritage status as a Scheduled Ancient Monument of
Age barrows are also very well-preserved.
They are located approximately 25m north-west of the chambered tomb and
form an oval mound that measures 23.5m x 16.5m, standing at 2m high.
the chambered tomb carried out between 1843 and 1851 revealed human bones, as
well as Roman bronzes, coins and pottery dating from the 3rd Century, suggesting
that the Romans had also used or disturbed the site. Excavations of the Bronze Age barrows
revealed two flint knives, a bronze razor and a bone tool.
There is a
concessionary footpath to Minninglow from the High Peak Trail, starting at SK20577,
and it is well worth exploring respectfully.
For a short walk to Minninglow along the High Peak Trail, click HERE.
For a family cycle ride along the High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail to Minninglow, click HERE.