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Robin Hoods Stride
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Derbyshire
53° 9' 25.13" N 1° 39' 57.54" W
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Robin hoods stride, also know as, the Mock Beggars Mansion, the Mock Beggar's Hall and Grain Tor, is a rock formation on the Limestone Way in Derbyshire. It consists of gritstone boulders deeply seamed by water flows. Limited short climbing is possible; nearby Cratcliffe Tor provides more serious routes. The two "pinnacles" are Weasel pinnacle (to the left) and Inaccessible pinnacle (to the right).

The area surrounding Robin Hood's Stride contains traces of barrows, Bronze or Iron Age enclosures and hut circles, but the most visible monument is the stone circle known as the 'Nine Stones' a(though in fact only four are standing, which lies about 200 metres to the north-west. This is another Bronze Age monument connected with the Portway, and is probably the most impressive in the area.

Just to the north-east lies Cratcliff Tor, an impressive crag made up of huge blocks of gritstone and largely hidden by trees. As well as being one of the hardest gritstone climbing crags of the area it also has a hermit's cave, hidden by an ancient group of yew trees. This was probably inhabited around the 12th century and contains a fine crucifix carved out of the wall of the cave - it is in remarkable condition considering its age.

Legends

A favourite place of Robin Hood and Little John when they desired to enjoy the wine of which they had deprived some luxurious abbot or sheriff. Robin sat on one of the towers and Little John on the other, delivering judgment on litigated matters of the Law

Robin leaped or stepped from the summit of one tower to the other to show his wondrous agility.