Eastwood Rocks (Ashover)

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Coordinate 53.164163, -1.462814[1]
Adm. div. Derbyshire
Vicinity In Eastwood; c. 340 m N of Eastwood Lane; midway between Farhill and Littlemoor
Type Natural feature
Interest Local tradition
Status Defunct?
First Record 1804?
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Eastwood Rocks, Ashover

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-09-29. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-06-16. Includes information from IRHB user Chris.

A local tradition connected Eastwood Rocks near Ashover, Chesterfield, with Robin Hood's Stride, about 13.5 km to the west. It was said that Robin Hood and Little John had shot an arrow from Eastwood Rocks to Robin Hood's Stride near Harthill. Little John hit the target, but Robin Hood's arrow fell in the valley below the rocks.

For this tradition see the allusion cited below, which should possibly be dated 1794 rather than 1804.[2] The status "Defunct?" indicated in the info box refers to the local tradition rather than the rocks or their name. As suggested by an IRHB user named Chris, Robin Hood's Mark, a mere 2 km away would seems a more likely target. Was the tradition transferred from there to Robin Hood's Stride? Or did someone without firsthand knowledge of Ashover confuse the Stride and the Mark?

Every now and then a climber feels the urge to test his skills on these gritstone rocks (see Background below), but they stand on private land and the farmer who owns it is apparently not too happy with the trespassing.


1804 - Unknown - Note on drawing of Robin Hood's Stride

The tradition of the neighbourhood is, that Robin Hood and Little John stood upon Eastwood Rocks, about 1½ miles off, and shot at this stone [i.e. Robin Hood's Stride, Harthill]:—Little John's hit it, but Robin Hood's fell short of it in the valley below.[3]





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