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Iron Age and Later PrehistorySite Name: Mam Tor
Country: England County: Derbyshire Type: Hillfort
Nearest Town: Chapel-en-le-Frith  Nearest Village: Castleton
Map Ref: SK128837  Landranger Map Number: 110
Latitude: 53.350037N  Longitude: 1.809179W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
3 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
4

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MartinRS visited on 1st Jan 1964 I can just remember visiting this site as a child with my grandfather. That was before I started school.

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 4.17 Access: 3.33

Mam Tor
Mam Tor submitted by h_fenton : An almost horizontal kite aerial photograph of Mam Tor viewed from roughly north. 9 September 2010 @ 5.42pm (Vote or comment on this photo)
Mam Tor stands 517m (1700ft) above sea level and is part of the Lose Hill ridge; it is the only one of the large hillforts in the Peak District to have been excavated. Its eastern face is a mass of crumbling rock, below which used to lie the Castleton to Chapel-en-le-Frith road, before a landslide destroyed it in the 1970s.

Mam Tor began life as a partially defended site, perhaps protected by a timber palisade and ditch and developed later into a well-defended hilltop settlement with strong ramparts strengthened at the entrances. However, the remains of two Early Bronze Age barrows, which pre-date the defences, have been discovered on the summit, proving that the site must have been a focus for the local community for many years previously.

The tongue-shaped earthworks, still visible today around most of the hilltop, enclose an area of approximately 5 hectares (12 acres) and consist of a single rampart, outer ditch, and a further bank, perhaps created as the ditch was cleaned out over the years.

The traces of the two entrances can be seen on the paths leading from Mam Nick and Hollins Cross to the south-west and north. A stream also rises within the rampart on the north-west and flows across the line of the defences.
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Mam Tor
Mam Tor submitted by obscureed : View from Lose Hill The view is towards the WestSouthWest. The path goes over Back Tor and Hollins Cross, left to Mam Tor, and then sweeps right along Rushup Edge. This path is thought to have been truly prehistoric -- pre-dating even the Mam Tor fort. It continued past the Bull Ring stone circle and possibly even to the west coast as a trade route. (See 'Peakland Roads and Trackways' by ... (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Mam Tor submitted by obscureed : Back Tor, viewed from Hollins Cross. The view is towards the East; Mam Tor is behind the camera, to the South-West. The path along the ridge is thought to be an important route as early as the Bronze Age -- pre-dating even the Mam Tor hillfort. Paths then tended to follow high ground, for drier footing and ease of navigation above the extensive forests. (See 'Peakland Roads and Trackwa... (3 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

Mam Tor
Mam Tor submitted by h_fenton : Mam Tor, an oblique kite aerial photograph looking north-east from above Rushup Edge, notice how much higher the ramparts of the hillfort are on the right compared to the left. 9 September 2010 @ 4.52pm (3 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Mam Tor submitted by h_fenton : Mam Tor, an oblique kite aerial photograph looking north along the eastern side of the hillfort. Low sunlight picks out the hollows of possible hutcircles. 9 September 2010 @ 5.15pm (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Mam Tor submitted by mikeinsheffield : View of Mam Tor Hill Fort Winter mid day sun. Category 'A'

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Mam Tor submitted by mikeinsheffield : View from Mam Tor Category 'B'

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Mam Tor submitted by AngieLake : The steep cliff face side of Mam Tor from the road near Blue John Cavern. Aug Bank Hol Sunday, 2010.

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Mam Tor submitted by TimPrevett : A torc - part of an Iron Age trail now in place on Mam Tor.

Mam Tor
Mam Tor submitted by nicoladidsbury : Mam Tor Hillfort Looking through the trees that ring Router Farm. Grid Ref: SK128837 (1 comment)

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Mam Tor submitted by DavidRaven : The slumbering beauty of Mam Tor! From Rowter Farm campsite, top of Winnits Pass.

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Mam Tor submitted by PaulM : A close up of the massive defences at Mam Tor Hillfort near Castleton in Derbyshire. (1 comment)

Mam Tor
Mam Tor submitted by PaulM : Mam Tor Hillfort, Nr Castleton, Derbyshire, SK128837 Mam Tor stands 517m (1700ft) above sea level and is part of the Lose Hill ridge; it is the only one of the large hillforts in the Peak District to have been excavated. Its eastern face is a mass of crumbling rock, below which used to lie the Castleton to Chapel-en-le-Frith road, before a landslide destroyed it in the 1970s. Mam Tor began ...

Mam Tor
Mam Tor submitted by postman : From the path up to the Lords seat barrow

Mam Tor
Mam Tor submitted by postman : Ramparts in snow and freezing fog, 2005 (2 comments)

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Mam Tor submitted by raythemapman : Mam Tor,taken from blue john cavern car park. (4 comments)

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Mam Tor submitted by AngieLake : Mam Tor from the nearby main road, 29 Aug 2010.

Mam Tor
Mam Tor submitted by AngieLake : Mam Tor from the nearby main road. 29 Aug 2010.

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Mam Tor submitted by TimPrevett : A composite of Mam Tor - ramparts visible along the top on a gorgeous autumn day last year.

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Mam Tor submitted by TimPrevett : Ramparts at Mam Tor - very steep indeed and care required!

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Mam Tor submitted by TimPrevett : Part of an Iron Age trail now in place on Mam Tor.

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Mam Tor submitted by TimPrevett : Gliders around Mam Tor last autumn.

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Mam Tor submitted by DavidRaven : Mam Tor from the west. It looks to me like it can get pretty windswept up here!

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Mam Tor submitted by NDM : Breathtaking place

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Mam Tor submitted by Antonine : Looking up at the summit, 2011

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Re: Mam Tor by landscapesdronescapes on Monday, 07 December 2020
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I was able to visit Mam Tor on the 5th December and was greeted with low hanging cloud and snow! I was really impressed with the hillfort and barrows a top of the location. I hope you enjoy the 4K drone video that was taken that day.
https://youtu.be/1DzVlr55_yI
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Re: Mam Tor by coldrum on Wednesday, 31 March 2010
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Mam Tor by coldrum on Wednesday, 20 February 2008
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National trust information on Mam Tor:

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-highpeakestate/w-highpeakestate-countryside/w-east_midlands-places-peakdistrict-map-mamtor.htm
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