Pause in this field and look south over the nearby dry stone wall. About 150 metres away, beyond the next field, is Benty Grange, an Anglo-Saxon barrow. The barrow itself is on private land and this is one of the closest public footpaths.
In the Anglo-Saxon period, the Peak District lay on the northern edge of the kingdom of Mercia. Its people are recorded in Anglo-Saxon documents as the Pecsaete. The high status burial found in the Benty Grange barrow shows the power and wealth of their leaders, so the finds from the site are all grave goods.
The barrow today still has its surrounding ditch and bank. The ditch runs around the whole mound. The outer bank has a steep inside edge and a gentler slope on the outside edge, but has unfortunately suffered from plough damage.