Eccles Pike

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Eccles Pike Topograph

Eccles Pike is an isolated hill three miles to the west of Chapel en le Frith in the Derbyshire Peak District. It consists of gritstone, pink in colour at the summit. While not as prominent as the surrounding hills of Cracken Edge and Combs Moss, it is popular with walkers. At 370 metres (1,210 ft) above sea level, it offers good views of Manchester to the west and the Kinder Scout plateau to the east. Combs reservoir lies just to the south of the hill.

The name ‘pike’ means pointed hill; it’s not known how it acquired the name Eccles, or whether this name relates to the town on the other side of Manchester famous for its currant cakes.

Eccles Pike Fell Race[edit]

The Eccles Pike Fell Race is reputedly one of the oldest fell races in the country, dating back to the beginning of the century. It is renowned for being short, tough and demanding.

Commemorative plaque[edit]

At the top of the hill is a commemorative plaque known as a topograph, showing a 360° relief of the surrounding landscape.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eccles Pike Topograph Returns". National Trust. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2015.