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Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9DH
The Country Park is served by a large car park off Green Lane (almost opposite Temple Road). The car park has toilets and an adjacent picnic area. There is a sketch map and information board near the picnic area (by the entrance to Poole 's Cavern - not dog friendly). We walked from Burlington Road (where there's parking by The Pavilion Gardens) via Temple Road and Green Lane to reach the car park.
The information board shows a variety of walks within the woods - and footpath to Solomon's Temple . The route up to Solomon's Temple is easy to follow. It involves a short climb via steps leading away from the car park and then a steady ascent using a well defined stony track. At the top of the wood the path passes over a gap in a wall before turning left across a grassy meadow (old mine workings?) to reach Solomon's Temple at the top of the hill.
Solomon's Temple is a folly-like tower set on top of the hill. It provides excellent views over Buxton and the surrounding countryside. A round trip from the car park is probably about 2 miles.
The woods are good for dog walking - Hamish really enjoyed them every time he was taken there. There's plenty of space to run and lots of scent trails to follow. The main tracks are easy to follow and not too muddy - very people friendly. The meadow at the top of the wood has livestock in it some of the time. On these occasions dogs should be kept on a lead. Solomon's temple attracts a good number of visitors at weekends when the weather is good - this is another good reason to keep dogs on a lead in the meadow (Hamish was very keen to join in with a Frisbee game - given a chance!)We walked from the town centre on one occasion (partly via The Pavilion Gardens). This made a round trip to Solomon's temple of about 4 miles. The going was pretty easy - our family group, 13 in all, with a range of ages up to mid 60's all enjoyed it at a sensible pace. See also 2017 blog entry.