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Flash and Three Shires Head is a 3.7 mile loop trail located near Knotbury, Staffordshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 787 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching River Views Wild flowers No shade
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Getting There

A circular walk in the Staffordshire Moors. The walk starts from the village of Flash which claims to be the highest village in England, it is a rather windswept location high on the western gritstone moors. Flash was a tough place to live for farmers, most having to find extra employment in local mills or from mining coal. Most of the old farmsteads are now private houses. The main part of the village consists of a few cottages, a church, a pub and a village school. Flash was noted as the centre for counterfeiting money, which became known as 'flash'. In the 18th century, button presses were used to make counterfeit coins .Some of the gang were hanged at Chester after a servant girl gave them away. Well dressings are held in Flash in the height of summer, a custom dating from medieval time which marks an acknowledgement of the importance of clean water and honours the local spring source. Alongside this runs the Tea Pot Parade, an event where a Marching Band accompanies the villagers carrying a papier-mâché Tea Pot. The teapot parade tradition dates back to 1846, a time when there was no NHS and a Friendly Society was formed. Everyone in the village gave a donation, which was put into a teapot, and the money was then given out to villagers in times of sickness, unemployment and bereavement. The society had more than 700 members at its peak. On the walk you will need to cross several stiles and pass through several gates. A stream is crossed by either stepping stones or a bridge. Some areas of the paths can be muddy and waterlogged and many sections are stony and uneven. The path up over the moors on the latter part of the walk is sometimes indistinct and is fairly steep with boggy and uneven sections. You will be sharing many of the paths with sheep, so take particular care with dogs. On a clear day many fine views can be seen. There are no public toilets along the walk. The correct map is OL24 White Peak. Allow 2 hours.

Flash is situated 4 miles south west of Buxton, just off the A53 Buxton to Leek road. There are no designated parking areas in the village but parking at the road side is permitted. Approximate post code is SK17 0SW.

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Steve Pemberton
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Ashley Jones
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HikingGreat!

Not as strenuous as some reviews say. Relatively easy and it can be busy at the falls. Good walk for dogs and kids though. Also a house on the road back selling refreshments was a nice touch after a long walk.

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Emma Butt
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HikingGreat!

Me and my husband and our dog did this trail this morning. Got there at 9:30 and parked outside the pub on the road. It was chilly but glorious sunshine. Overall it was a great walk with beautiful views. I’ve deducted a star and given it 4 due to the frightening experience in the second field with some cows/bulls. They started charging at us and we had to run as fast as we could to get out of the field. Never again will I walk through a field with cows/bulls in. Very scary! Just glad my mum wasn’t with us. I don’t think she would of made it! If you go on this walk - BE CAREFUL

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PAUL JONES
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Krzysztof Zacharski
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Tom Kemp
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Connor Gready
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Tom Kemp
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Thomas Hall
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Veronika Dobies
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The trail was excellent! Did not meet anybody until reached the waterfall (2 people there,swimming). The terrain was not easy when wet weather but manageable. Only one downside of the walk was a farm we were passing by, has two golden retrievers who went mad aggressive on our dog. A bit scary as I thought they will jump over that small stony fence and attack my dog. Otherwise,

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Andrew Dalton
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Really pretty walk with lots to see and lovely views. Perfect for families we took 2 children 9&7 and they really enjoyed it, especially paddling in the water.

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Gabriella Smith
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I did this in reverse, lovely route. Big slog up hill on the road at the end back up to flash. Would probably do the other way, starting by going down the road instead

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Rebecca Williscroft
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Jay Forden
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Fantastic route - loved it

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Katherine Ratcliffe
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Great first Peak District hike for the family. Beautiful scenery, rivers and waterfall. My 4,6 and 9 year old girls all managed the trail and loved it!

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Rebecca Farrow
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Lydia Mckay
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Beautiful walk. Loads to take in. Busy at the shires bridge but if you time it right you get great images. An easy walk for all abilities.

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Fantastic hike! We arrived at 10am on a Sunday in village of Flash and managed to park outside The New Inn (Britain's highest village pub). We took a picturesque hike down the country lanes, up the stream and through the fields. Stunning scenery. Apart from a few other hikers (and a noisy biker by the stream) we didn't see anyone and it was lovely and peaceful. We didn't do the whole hike and we spent an hour and a half here. Will be back. Highly recommend!

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Susana .E
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Very difficult terrain, but lovely trail!

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kerrie bonning
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Really enjoyed this walk. managed it with a group of children ages ranging from 7 to 10. They really enjoyed paddling in the river by the bridge. If you have kids, take a change of clothes. The walk was very varied and stunning in places. I'd recommend.

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FRANCESCA CONSIGLIO
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Lovely walk, we really enjoyed it on a hot summers day. Most of it was very quiet until we reached the waterfall which was busy but we managed to find a quiet little spot by the steam further down for a picnic. Car park in Flash village - £4 for the day. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Would highly recommend

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Mariana Escopel
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My phone is Vodafone and I didn’t have signal there lucky my friends had it so we could check the trail . Probably should have downloaded the map. It lovely and sunny . Some parts are rocky but very manageable . Not difficult and really enjoyed the views ! Recommend we really enjoy our walk and my dog too !

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Bethany Wheldon
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Great walk. First part we did not ideal with dogs but made it through. Lost my foot in a bog great walk and when got to the water part a lot more people around. Some good hills. All in all really enjoyed the walk

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Lisa Robinson
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Good walk, lots of rocky parts but reviews at top amazing, not signed post very well, lots of moggy's in evening, not sure about daytime, really good route thou

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Tim Morris
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This was my first walk using all trails and I was not disappointed great walk with amazing scenery. came across 2 people throughout so not busy which is always a bonus. would highly recommend. I would say moderate rating is fair as it was not too difficult but neither was it easy.

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elliott Symes
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Great walk, there are possibilities to shorten if needed. Incredibly mixed landscape, from windswept moorland to wooded valley streams. Anti-clockwise is must if you have a party with mixed ability.

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Viktor Pekar
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A nice trail, but not signposted at all, and you need check the map constantly.

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