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Rural Ramble 4: Miller's Dale To Chelmorton Circular
Distance: 9.5 miles Duration: 4.5 to 6 hours Price: 12.00 per person
(Special family/group rates available - see below)
One of the longest of our "Rural Rambles", this circular walk starts and ends at the site of the former Miller's Dale Station. The walk begins by following the route of the old Derby to Manchester railway along the Monsal Trail, stopping along the way to look at the remains of the lime industry that once provided employment for so many in the area.

Having passed through the rugged scenery of Chee Dale, it then leaves the Monsal Trail to follow the River Wye along a tranquil riverside path before climbing up through little-used rugged but beautiful Dales to the hilltop above. From there, it heads to the small village of Chelmorton which, at 1,200 feet above sea level, claims to be the highest village in Derbyshire and is surrounded by a network of rare surviving Medieval fields. Leaving Chelmorton, it climbs to the summit of the walk at over 1,400 feet to visit the Five Wells Neolithic chambered tomb before dropping back down into the valley for the return to the starting point at Miller's Dale Station.

With excellent parking at Miller's Dale Station, and a direct bus service from the town, this walk is an ideal day out for those looking for things to do in and around Buxton. It is even accessible by a direct bus from Chesterfield, making it a possible choice for a day out from there too.

This walk will usually take around 5.5 hours including a 30-minute lunch break, which the more adventurous can take in a cave high on the valley side overlooking Deep Dale. The start and end point at Miller's Dale Station is accessible by public transport, but if you wish to make a private booking for this walk, it is possible to arrange an alternative start and end point along the route. Although available anytime, this walk is especially recommended for the April to June period, when the Dales put on a wonderful springtime display of native wild flowers.

Due to the very rugged and rocky nature of the path through Deep Dale, this walk is definitely one for the more experienced walker, and sturdy footware is essential. The exposed nature of the terrain around Five Wells also makes good outdoor clothing (both water- and wind-proof) essential as a precaution.

Distance: 9.5 miles.
Duration (approx): 4.5 to 6 hours.
Start point: Miller's Dale Station,
Miller's Dale,
Derbyshire.
Start time: 10:30am.*
End point: Miller's Dale Station,
Miller's Dale,
Derbyshire.
Dates available: May 8th, 22nd.
June 4th, 19th.
July 3rd.
August 4th.
September onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings via a Personal Walking Guide are available now for any date from March 1st to November 30th 2017 - see here for details.
(* 9:30am or later start time available for a weekday or Saturday private walk starting from the Waterloo Hotel public house, or 10:30am for a Sunday or Bank Holiday. 10:00am weekday/Saturday or 11:00am for Sunday/Bank Holiday walks starting at The Church Inn, Chelmorton.)

When is this walk available?

This walk is available as a scheduled walk several times each month between March and November. It may also be booked privately on a date of your choice between the beginning of March and the end of November by booking a Personal Walking Guide, or any scheduled walk may be upgraded to a private booking (subject to conditions - see below).

This walk can be booked privately between March and November via a Personal Walking Guide on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, most Saturdays, some Sundays and most Bank Holidays. If you make a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk, you can request a different start and end point along the route of the walk. The alternative start and end points we can offer are Wyedale Car Park on the A6 at the end of the Monsal Trail, The Church Inn at Chelmorton, or the Waterloo Hotel on the A6 just outside Taddington.

Please note that, for bookings in March or November especially, there is the possibility that the walk may take place in snow conditions, and may encounter icy conditions in some of the dales. The summit of the walk, at over 1,400 feet, is also very exposed to high winds. If we believe the conditions to be hazardous, we will attempt to notify you at least 24 hours in advance to give you the option of cancelling or rescheduling your booking. As the normal start point at Miller's Dale Station may be difficult to reach by road in snowy or icy conditions, due to its somewhat isolated location, we usually recommend switching the start and end point to the Waterloo Hotel if these conditions are likely, and will contact you prior to the walk if we think this may be necessary.

Prices.

The following prices apply for this walk:

Ticket Price Deposit
(Included in overall price)
Private Upgrade Cost
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(Up to 8 people in group)
12.00 per person 3.00 per person 10.00 per group
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(9 or more people in group)
8.00 per person 2.00 per person
Family Ticket - 1 adult plus up to 3 children
(aged 15 and below)
30.00 per ticket 7.50 per ticket
Family Ticket - 2 adults plus up to 3 children
(aged 15 and below)
33.60 per ticket 8.40 per ticket
Personal Walking Guide
(group of up to 10 people)
100.00 per group 15.00 per group N/A
Personal Walking Guide
(group of 11 to 20 people)
150.00 per group 22.50 per group

For more information on how to book places on this walk, and on private upgrades and private group bookings via a Personal Walking Guide, please see here. If you have any questions about the cost of this walk, please contact us via email at enquiries@derbysheritagewalks.com.

Travel to and from the walk.

This walk is easily accessible by car and can also be accessed by public transport from Buxton, Chesterfield and Sheffield. By changing buses at Buxton, it is also accessible from Derby, Belper, Matlock, Bakewell, Macclesfield and Manchester. Full details of how to get to and from the walk will be included in the walk information sheet you will be sent along with your booking confirmation, but detailed information on the various public transport options is also available on our travel information page, which we try to keep as up to date as possible.

By far the easiest way to get to this walk, and the method we recommend in most cases, is by car. Parking for up to 80 cars is available at Miller's Dale Station, costing 4.50 for all day.

Miller's Dale Station is served by a number of buses, although the frequency of services is quite low. The most convenient way of reaching Miller's Dale Station for the 10:30am start time would be by using the 9:30am TM Travel 65 bus from Buxton, which would then give you around 45 minutes to explore the area around Miller's Dale Station before the start of the walk. If the walk finishes before 3:35pm, you could then return to Buxton on the 3:45pm number 65 bus from Miller's Dale. However, if you miss this bus, the next one is not until 5:09pm.

If coming from further afield, then you can get to Buxton from the Derby, Belper, Matlock and Bakewell areas by using the High Peak Buses "Transpeak" service. However, as this does not arrive into Buxton until 9:20am, it only allows 10 minutes connection time in Buxton for the TM Travel 65 bus to Miller's Dale, which leaves little leeway for any delays. Additionally, the first Sunday service does not arrive into Buxton until 10:28am. If you are thinking of using the "Transpeak", especially for a Sunday walk, it may be better to think about making a private booking, or upgrading a scheduled walk to a private one, and requesting to start and finish at The Waterloo Hotel.

You can also get to Miller's Dale Station by bus from Chesterfield via Tideswell and, as Chesterfield is easy to get to by train from Sheffield, you can also access it from there too. At the end of the walk, you can then take a 4:14pm bus from Miller's Dale directly back to Chesterfield (4:44pm Sundays/Bank Holidays) or a 5:44pm service direct to Sheffield (6:29pm Sundays/Bank Holidays). For private bookings starting after 10:45am, it is also possible to use a direct bus from Sheffield to Miller's Dale, which arrives there at 10:35am (10:39am Sundays & Bank Holidays).

Please note that, as of April 2016, the Derbyshire Wayfarer day rover ticket is no longer valid on the "Transpeak" and you may need to purchase High Peak Buses own day rover ticket, the PeakPlus Extra, if you intend to travel on the "Transpeak". This ticket is also valid on the TM Travel number 65 service, but is NOT valid on services run by any other operators.

Is there anything special I need to bring?

Given the nature of this walk, a good pair of walking boots is essential. As the weather can be quite variable and there is little shelter along the route, it is important to also have a good set of waterproof clothing. As the walk takes place in all weathers, and the section around Chelmorton is very exposed, you may need warm clothing too. It is also recommended that you bring sufficient food and water with you, as there are few opportunities to purchase either along the route of the walk.

Are there any disabled access issues?

Unfortunately, this walk is not suitable for wheelchairs due to the terrain involved. Additionally, due to the rough and rocky nature of the path through Deep Dale, this walk may also not be suitable for those who have difficulty in walking over uneven surfaces. If you have any concerns about accessibility for this walk, please contact us to discuss the matter prior to booking.

Is this walk suitable for dogs?

Yes, this walk is suitable for dogs. However, we do ask that you keep your dog under close control at all times. This is especially important on the section of the walk between leaving the Monsal Trail and entering the village of Chelmorton, as the route of the walk passes through both nature reserves and fields where there may be livestock present. If you wish to bring your dog with you, please notify us beforehand.

Booking

Scheduled Walks

You can book and pay for places on all of our scheduled walks online via PayPal. Other payment options are available on request - Please e-mail us for details if required.

The cost of this walk is 12.00 per person, including a 3.00 per person non-refundable deposit. The normal maximum group size for this walk is 8 people, but we can accommodate groups of up to 20 people if required, and offer a discounted rate of 8.00 per person for larger groups of 9 or more. For bookings of more than 8 people, please e-mail us with details of your booking and we will send you a PayPal invoice or arrange other payment options as required.

We also have discounted family tickets available for this walk. These cost 30.00 for one adult and up to three children aged up to 15 years old, or 33.60 for two adults and up to three children aged up to 15 years old. These family tickets can be booked via PayPal below. Other discounted family rates can be quoted on request - please e-mail us for details. All family tickets include a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Bookings

If you wish to have the exclusive services of your guide, you may upgrade any scheduled walk to a private booking. Not only does this guarantee you the exclusive services of your guide, but it allows you to walk at your own pace without having to worry about others, and the walk may also be varied within reason to suit your own personal interests or abilities. Please note that we cannot upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking if we have already received other bookings for that walk.

The cost of upgrading a scheduled walk to a private booking is the same as for a scheduled walk, plus a private booking fee of 10.00 per group. For private group bookings of 9 or more, we offer a discounted rate of 8.00 per person, including a 2.00 per person non-refundable deposit, plus the 10.00 per group private booking fee. Please e-mail us for more information if you would like to upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking.

Personal Walking Guides

You can also make a private booking for this walk on dates other than those on which it is normally scheduled by booking a Personal Walking Guide. This allows you to do the walk when you want to, not when we have it scheduled. We have Personal Walking Gudes available most days, except for those listed as either "unavailable" or "unavailable for private bookings" on the calendar here. Please see the table below for the days of the week on which we are able to offer Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk.

Personal Walking Guide Availability - Miller's Dale to Chelmorton Circular
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Bank Holidays
Yes Yes Yes No No Most* Most* Most*
* = Please contact us for details of availability

The cost of a Personal Walking Guide for this walk is 100.00 per group (150.00 for groups of 11 to 20 people). Please note that we cannot take a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk on the same date as we are also running it as a scheduled walk. Please e-mail us for more information if you would like to make a Personal Walking Guide booking for this walk.

Bookings can be made at any time up to 48 hours before the intended date of your walk (72 hours for Personal Walking Guides), but the earlier you book, the more chance you have of getting the date you would like. We regret that we cannot accept bookings made less than 48 hours prior to the planned start time of the walk.

Please ensure before booking that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

Latest booking news

  • The June 19th walk is fully booked, and we are unable to accept any more bookings for this date.
  • Bookings are open for all other dates listed, and close at 10:00am two days prior to the date of the walk.
  • We are now accepting Personal Walking Guide bookings for this walk. Personal Walking Guide bookings may be made for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, most Saturdays and some Sundays from March 6th to November 30th 2017.
How to book

To book a scheduled walk, simply select the number of places you require from the drop-down list, enter the date you would like to book, and confirm that you accept the terms and conditions. If you have a credit or debit card, you don't even need a PayPal account in order to make your booking.

Once we have received your booking, we will e-mail your booking confirmation and other information you will need to the address you gave during the booking process. In order to allow sufficient time for us to process your booking, please book at least two days ahead of the date of the walk you wish to book.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please contact us via e-mail with details of the walk you would like to book and we will send you the necessary information. As booking in this way takes much longer than booking online, please book at least two weeks before the date of the walk to allow for postage times.

Private bookings

If you would like to upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking or book a Personal Walking Guide for this walk, please contact us to see if this is possible. You can find more information on private group bookings here, and information on Personal Walking Guides here.

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