Bardon Hill from Abbot's Oak
Bardon Hill


Estimated net time Less than one hour.
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water There's running water close to trail head but it's not likely to be of drinkable quality.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (March 2015).
Parking Room for a couple of cars at trail head, and more cars along the streets close to trail head.
Start height 186 metres
Vertical metres 105 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 2.8 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Bardon Hill trail head near Abbot's Oak.


Exit west onto road A42, from M1, a few miles south south of Nottingham. Drive approximately 13 km (8 mi) south on A42 and turn left onto road A511, in the direction of Coalville. Drive 4.5 km (2.8 mi) and take the second exit in the round about, onto the road Stephenson Way which is also A511. Drive 3.2 km (2.0 mi) and turn left at the traffic lights where signed for Greenhill, onto the road Broom Leys Road. Make sure your fork right onto Greenhill Road after 650 metres, and then continue another 1.6 km (1.0 mi) and turn right onto Romans Crescent (this is the last right exit before you get to the top of the hill). Drive 160 metres and turn left onto Vercor Close. Drive 60 metres straight ahead and park at the end of the straight part of the road, wherever you find space (don't turn right when the road makes a right bend).

Start your walk by continuing on the concrete path straight ahead from the end of the road, through a turn stile. Walk another 450 metres and turn 90 left, and then another 130 metres and turn right onto a small path behind a gate. Follow this path uphill, and then right (west) as it bends around the quarry, and towards the telecomm mast. From the telecomm mast continue another 150 metres west to the concrete cairn above the quarry.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



25. March 2015

Another few days with work in the UK, and another opportunity to hike some hills. And I was yet again travelling with colleague Trond, who didn't need much persuasion to come along for more driving than walking.

Bardon Hill, on a partly sunny Wednesday evening, proved to be a relatively nice walk, and with a fascinating view down into the huge Bardon Hill Quarry. Apart from that we didn't see much else than flat country side.

After the hike we hit the road back to Derby and joined two colleagues for an exceptionally good Indian curry at Anoki in Derby.

Photos 25.03.2015