Known locally as the Pimple, Win Hill Pike in the Derbyshire Peak District is a feature of the lovely Hope Valley area, a place I return to regularly. The winter’s snow drew my soul up to this peaceful wonderland on the first day of February. I’ve spent many memorable summer days hiking up to Win Hill Pike and down again through the lush pines to Ladybower reservoir and beyond, but there really is nothing like a wintery covering up on the peaks to make it a magical experience.
I wanted to share the stillness, the tranquility and heavenly views across the snow laced hills in winter. Win Hill Pike is just short of being labeled a Marilyn! A Marilyn is a hill or mountain in the UK with a prominence of at least 150 Metres (492ft.) Win Hill Pike is often used as a Duke of Edinburgh award station.
Being such a beautiful day for a hike, winter sunshine and pure white layers of snow covering the landscape it was decided that we should take a scenic route around to the Pimple, where the trig point can be found at the top of Win Hill Pike. Ascending from Hope train station, a relatively easy route but none the less a very picturesque one, we found that there was plenty of fun to be had in the snow. Snowman building, snowball fights of course, and the dog just bounding about like a crazy kangaroo.
Instead of heading directly up to the summit, I find it a welcome change to take a slightly longer route heading towards Hope Cross, a marker post, dated 1737 which is at the highest point of the ridge. Once we’re up on top of the ridge and experienced some wonderful views over toward Lose Hill and Mam Tor, walking becomes easy going along the ridge. Changing direction once up along the ridge looking to the right Win Hill Pike should just be coming into view now.
Ladybower reservoir, another spot that draws me and full of photographic inspiration is on the left hand side running along next to Snake Pass road, not easy to see below the pines until you reach the trig point. From the right hand side of the ridge are views over a patchwork of fields through the Hope Valley and easily spotted on the landscape is Hope Cement Factory, a local landmark you might say.
Here we are Win Hill Pike summit or the Pimple, wind so strong and fresh it takes your breath away, views so stunning it leaves you speechless, and by the time you reach the trig point it’s time to drop, sit and take it all in. Out comes the camera, the lunch box and the flask!
Peace, tranquility and satisfaction, all apart from the wind in your ears! I advise you to find a spot behind a rock out of the weather to settle a while before descending back into civilization. Heaven is a Pike!