Work on the circular stone tower was begun in 1844 by Mr. John Pechell. It is 800 feet above sea level and was designed to see from and to be seen. The tower is about 50 feet in height and the view from the top affords wonderful views of Derbyshire. J.B. Firth described the tower as 'a conspicuous landmark from the valley' and it 'offers a delightful view'. Firth, though, thought the view from the summit was even better and would rank amongst 'the finest prospects for the whole of Derbyshire. If the 'valley of the Derwent at its foot were better visible it could challenge comparison with the very best.' Whoever was right about the best vantage point, all the views are wonderful on a clear day as you can see for many miles.