I parked on the small lane near a gate, and a bridleway and a path into the woods. There are some interesting looking architectural features near the road but they dont look too old. I headed through the woods past these features untill I came to the earthworks of old, jumped the wall and scared the bejesus out of two young pheasants, which in turn made me jump too.
Ball cross is quite possibly the least impressive hill fort ive ever been to, only part of the ramparts survive to any impressive level. The interior of the fort is full of bumps and dips, as if some serious digging has been undertaken.
If the trees werent there some terrific views would be had across Bakewell to the neighbouring hills.
Probably not worth a look unless your passing very close by, or if you combine it with a visit to Bakewell castle, though its just a motte and bailey.
This is a tiny hillfort above Bakewell. Protected on two sides by steep natural slopes and a curved bank and ditch; enclosing an area of approximately 1.5 acres.
Excavations here unearthed several cup and ring marked boulders. These boulders pre-date the fort, one of them was used in the construction of the rampart. The stones are now in the Sheffield museum.
Room to park on the roadside above Ball Cross Farm.
The nearby 'Moatless Plantation' was a meeting point (moot). There is an earthwork, of unknown date, surrounding the plantation
SK233685. Partially excavated by Bateman. He revealed a pit under the centre of the barrow containing lead ore.
SK236684. Possibly excavated by Major Rooke in the later half of 18th Century and later by Bateman who found it disturbed.
The mound contained a small cist with a food vessel and cremation interned within it.
SK239683. Possibly opened by Rooke.
SK241680. Possibly opened by Rooke and later Bateman.