We visited here on a fresh, windy February afternoon. We walked from Minning low car park across the High Peak Trail to Mining Low hill (Low is the name given to a place of burial). Minning Low is the largest and most prominently sited burial site in the Peak District being the highest point for miles around, enclosed by a curious circle of beech trees at the summit of the hill. It has stood resolute on that exposed summit for thousands of years.
We passed the Y not festival site (we attended once in 2016 watching Noel Gallagher on the Saturday night and camped in full view of the hill in the distance)
Within the odd clump of trees crowning the hill are a Neolithic (final part of the Stone age – around 4,000 – 2500 BC) chambered tomb and two Bronze Age (2500 – 800 BC) bowl barrows.
The views from the top of this sacred space are truly magnificent – there is a definite air of curiosity and specialness to the place which is why it was probably chosen all those thousands of years ago. It would have looked out over the sea of trees reaching over the rolling landscape. The remains of the tombs are fascinating with surviving chambers and ‘cists’ (a stone-built coffin), three with their cover or capstone remaining and one open.
The two Bowl Barrows are very clearly apparent. The site has been robbed for stone for a very long time but the remains that are left are fascinating. The tomb was excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1843 and 1851 and was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as “one of the most impressive of Derbyshire’s surviving prehistoric burials”.
There have also been Roman finds at this site which indicates that its importance continued late into this period.
It almost felt like this space was a portal back to ancient times and one could easily while away few hours up here on one of them glorious summer afternoons. The freshness of the air up here felt so cleansing. It goes without saying, we plan to return!