Alport Height

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Alport Height
AlportStone(JohnDarch)Dec2005.jpg
The Alport Stone, just below the summit of Alport Height
Highest point
Elevation 314 m (1,030 ft)
Coordinates 53°03′36″N 1°32′47″W / 53.05988°N 1.54636°W / 53.05988; -1.54636Coordinates: 53°03′36″N 1°32′47″W / 53.05988°N 1.54636°W / 53.05988; -1.54636
Geography
Alport Height is located in Derbyshire
Alport Height
Alport Height
OS grid SK305515
Topo map OS Landranger 119

Alport Height is a hill near Wirksworth in Derbyshire. It is a popular picnic site, since it has extensive views to the South, and is the first hill over 1,000 ft (300 m) within easy reach of the Derby area. Like Shining Cliff Woods, 2 km to the east, it is in the care of the National Trust. It was one of their first acquisitions in Derbyshire, acquired in 1930.

It is possible to see Derby city centre from the summit, as well as The Wrekin, the Long Mynd, Clee Hill and the Malvern Hills.[citation needed] On an exceptionally clear day it is also possible to see the Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth masts, and the Birmingham city centre skyline.[citation needed]

There are seven radio masts and associated buildings in a compound on the summit (not on Trust land).

The hill is sometimes known as Alport Stone after the name of the conspicuous pillar of quarried gritstone, some 20 ft (6.1 m) high, near its summit. The boulder has 3 or 4 recognised climbing routes up it, one being an 8 m route of climbing-grade E5. John Gill's bouldering website has early photographs of pioneer climbers in action on the Stone.[1][not in citation given]

The array of masts at Alport Height

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gill, John. "A Climbing Memoir: 1953–2008". Retrieved 6 January 2017.