Saturday, 1 July 2000

Parkhouse Hill

Parkhouse Hill from the neighbouring Chrome Hill
Height: 360m (1,181ft)
Prominence: 35m (114ft)
Region: South West Peak
Classifications: None
Summit feature: Limestone outcrop
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reportChrome Hill & Parkhouse Hill

Sara perched atop Parkhouse Hill
Parkhouse Hill is a small hill in the southern Peak District, a hill that makes up for its modest summit height with a spectacular profile.

Parkhouse Hill is the remains of an atoll which is believed to have existed during the Carboniferous period when what is now the Peak District was covered by a tropical sea. Together with its higher but less distinctive neighbour, Chrome Hill, it forms the Chrome and Parkhouse Hills SSSI, cited for their geology and limestone flora.

A double sunset can be seen against Parkhouse Hill from nearby Glutton Grange. The occurrence is visible in good weather in late March, early April and September, when the sun sets just to the south of the summit of the hill, begins to re-emerge almost immediately afterwards from its steep northern slope before fully reappearing and later sets for a second and final time at the foot of the hill.

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