Weaver Hills

Weaver Hills

The Weaver Hills are a small range of hills in north Staffordshire.

Weaver Hills

The Weaver Hills are situated about 15 miles east of Stoke on Trent and about 5 miles west of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, just south of the A52 and north of the Churnet Valley. The area is often considered to be the most southerly peak of the Pennines, certainly the southern most point of the range's carboniferous limestone rock strata.

The main peak, with an Ordnance Survey Trig point is 371 metres above sea level. The southern slopes are rather steep, overlooking the hamlets of Ramsor and Wootton, while the north is more gently sloped towards the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The 10 or more tumuli on or around the Weaver Hlls, including Cauldon Low (a peak in the same range just to the east) imply significant prehistoric settlements in the area.

About a mile south of the main peak is Wootton Lodge and Wootton Hall, whose claims to fame include that Jean Jacques Rousseau rented the Hall in 1766. He was a refugee from France, where his revolutionary ideas made life difficult for him. However, the peace and tranquility which had so attracted him to the area nearly drove him mad, because he could not leave his fears behind. Arthur Mee says, "He was filled with the embittered suspicions of a hunted animal, seeing enmity and treachery in his friends and deadly foes in his neighbours."

A large quarry lies one the north-east side of the main peak.


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