Stanton Moor is a small upland area in the Derbyshire Peak District of central and northern England, lying between Matlock and Bakewell near the villages of Birchover and Stanton-in-Peak. It is known for its megaliths and erratics.
The moor has four Bronze Age stone circles, of which the best known is Nine Ladies. To its north lies "Stanton Moor I" (the "North Circle"), and to its south are "Stanton Moor III" (the "Central Circle") and "Stanton Moor IV" (the "South Circle"). These other circles are largely overgrown and have few remaining stones. A further circle, Doll Tor, lies a short distance west of the moor.
Elsewhere on the moor lie a number of cairns. Several major erratics are found around its edge. From north, clockwise, these are the Duke of York Stone (in which the legend "Y 1826" is carved), the Cat Stone, the Duchess of Sutherland Stone, the Gorse Stone, the Heart Stone, the Cork Stone and the Andle Stone.
The moor's sandstone has been quarried for many years, and has left several old dormant quarries around the moor. Recent attempts to re-open dormant quarries failed after much local and national protest.
On the north side of the moor is a large TV transmitter which relays broadcasts from Waltham transmitting station to bakewell and the peak district. Further north-west of Bakewell, the filler transmitters are BBC North West, and North-east Derbyshire, east of Tideswell and Hope takes Emley Moor (BBC Leeds) It has recently been upgraded with the new tetra police radio antenna.
- English Heritage. "Bronze Age burial, ceremonial and settlement remains on Stanton Moor, and evidence for medieval, post-medieval and 19th to early 20th century activity (1009300)". National Heritage List for England.
- Stella McGuire and Ken Smith (Summer 2007). "Stanton Moor Conservation Plan". Peak District National Park Authority. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- John Vidal (27 April 2009). "Quarry protest breaks camp after 10 years". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
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