|Elevation||463 m (1,519 ft)|
|Prominence||c. 144 m (472 ft)|
|Location||Peak District, England|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 110|
Win Hill lies north west of Bamford in the Derbyshire Peak District of England. At 462 m (1,516 ft), it is almost surrounded by the River Derwent to the east, River Noe to the south west and Ladybower Reservoir to the north, but a ridge running north west links it to Kinder Scout. The Roman road from Glossop over the Snake Pass crosses the ridge to the north and descends to Hope and the old Roman base of Brough in the Hope Valley, with the Hope Cross, a marker post dating from 1737, at the highest point of the road.
On top of Win Hill lies Win Hill Pike, locally known as the Pimple. Win Hill Pike has an Ordnance Survey triangulation point, or trig point. Often misnamed the Old Witches Knoll, Win Hill Pike is often used for a Duke of Edinburgh Award station.
Win Hill is commonly ascended from Yorkshire Bridge or Hope, Derbyshire. The ascent from Yorkshire Bridge is a steep climb of 300m in 3/4 mile by Parkin Clough, first through woods then over the moor to the top. Routes from Hope are gentler, either via Twitchill Farm or the villages of Aston and Thornhill. Depending on direction of travel, Win Hill is either the first or last hill on the Derwent Watershed and Edale Horseshoe challenge walks.
There is a legend of no great antiquity that Win Hill gets its name from the Battle of Win Hill and Lose Hill in 626. Prince Cwichelm and his father, King Cynegils of Wessex, possibly with the aid of King Penda of Mercia, gathered their forces on neighbouring Lose Hill and marched on the Northumbrians based on Win Hill. Despite their superior numbers, Wessex was defeated by the Northumbrians building a wall and rolling boulders down upon them. There is no record of this battle in any Anglo-Saxon source and it should best be regarded as a myth.
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