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Summer Special Walks
July 24th to 29th & August 21st to 26th 2017
This July and August, we are running a number of special walks. Some of these are variations on our normal scheduled walks, while others are special one-offs taking in places we don't normally visit.

July 24th & August 21st


Magpie Mine
Ashford-in-the-Water to Bakewell via Lathkill Dale
(9.5 miles, mostly cross-country paths, some steep gradients)

This 9.5-mile end-to-end walk begins in the pretty village of Ashford-in-the-Water, which stands on the River Wye just to the north of Bakewell. After a quick exploration of the centre of the village, the walk heads out for the sometimes steep climb to the small hilltop village of Sheldon. There, it visits the remains of Magpie Mine, the last lead mine to be worked in Derbyshire. It then heads across the fields to Over Haddon on the edge of the beautiful Lathkill Dale, and on through Lathkill Dale and across more fields to drop down to the gates of Haddon Hall. There, you can either leave the walk for a visit to Haddon Hall with its many wonderfully-preserved Medieval features, or continue onwards alongside the River Wye to finish in the centre of Bakewell.

Both the start and end points of the walk are easily accessible via the hourly High Peak Buses "Transpeak" service from Derby to Buxton, and the end point is also served by the Trent Barton 6.1 service to Derby. For those who prefer to drive, there is plenty of pay-and-display parking in Bakewell, and you can then take the bus to Ashford-in-the-Water.

Start time: 10:30am
Duration: 4.5 hours plus lunch
Price per person: 10.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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July 25th & August 22nd

The Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Heathers On Stanton Moor
Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies
(6 miles, mostly cross-country paths, some steep gradients)

This six-mile circular walk begins and ends in the village of Rowsley, halfway between the towns of Matlock and Bakewell and close to the famous stately homes of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. From the village, it makes the climb up onto the high heather-covered plateau of Stanton Moor, along the way providing fine views across the Derwent Valley. Once on the plateau, it crosses Stanton Moor to visit the famous Nine Ladies stone circle, before dropping down through the hamlet of Stanton-in-Peak back to the finish point in Rowsley. As it does so, it provides wonderful views out across the Wye Valley towards the high moors and hills above Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House.

With a 1pm start time, this walk provides the perfect opportunity to make a morning visit to either Haddon Hall or Chatsworth House. Alternatively, it can be combined with a morning in Bakewell, sampling the world-famous Bakewell Pudding, before catching the bus to Rowsley to start the walk.

With two buses per hour in each direction running through Rowsley, this walk is easily accessible from Bakewell, Matlock, Derby, Buxton and even Manchester. There is also a limited amount of parking available in the village, with plenty more not far away in Bakewell and Matlock.

Start time: 1:00pm
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: 5.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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July 26th & August 23rd

Monsal Dale From Monsal Head

Sheepwash Bridge, Ashford-in-the-Water
Bakewell to Monsal Head Circular Walk
(10 miles, mix of hard-surface trails and cross-country paths, mostly easy gradients)

This circular walk begins in the centre of Bakewell, in the shadow of the hotel where the famous Pudding was first created, before following the route of the old Derby to Manchester railway out of the town along the Monsal Trail. It then leaves the Monsal Trail and crosses the fields to Monsal Head and one of the most famous viewpoints in the whole of the Peak District.

After a short break at Monsal Head to enjoy the views, the walk then heads west across the fields above Monsal Dale, past the Iron Age hill fort of Fin Cop, to the pretty riverside village of Ashford-in-the-Water with its picturesque sheepwash bridge. From there, it follows the River Wye back to Bakewell, passing three very different mills, to finish back in the centre of Bakewell.

The Start and end point of this walk is served by a number of buses, providing easy access from Derby, Matlock, Buxton, Manchester, Chesterfield and Sheffield. Pay-and-display car parking is also available in Bakewell within easy walking distance of the start/finish point.

Start time: 10:00am
Duration: 5 hours plus lunch
Price per person: 10.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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July 27th & August 24th

Belper Mill and the River Derwent

A Local Landmark, But What Was It?
Belper, Milford and The Chevin
(6 miles, mixed roads and paths, one steep gradient)

This 6-mile circular walk begins in the centre of the historic mill town of Belper, where Jedediah Strutt and his family built some of the first cotton mills. It spends time looking around the town and telling the story of the many different trades and industries that used to provide employment for the people of the town. These include not just the cotton mills, but other textile firms, confectionary, synthetic lubricants, one of the most famous cleaning products, and a surprising connection with one of the country's best-known and most successful aerospace engineering firms. It also tells the story of the town's most loveable and hardest-working rogues, who made the town famous even before the Stutt family built their mills.

Leaving Belper, it follows part of the route of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way long-distance footpath to the village of Milford, which was also home to mills built by the Strutt family. From there, it makes the short but steep climb up onto The Chevin, which many consider to be the start of the Pennine chain of hills. Having busted a long-lasting local myth, it then follows an ancient routeway along the ridge, before dropping back down to the finish point in Belper

Being just 8 miles north of Derby and on the main bus routes along the A6 to Matlock and beyond, Belper is easy to get to via public transport. There is also plenty of parking available in the town if you prefer to drive.

Start time: 1:00pm
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: 5.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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July 28th & August 25th

Miller's Dale Station

Just One Of The Many Views From The Monsal Trail
Rails Through The Peaks - Bakewell to Buxton
(13 miles, mix of hard-surface trails and cross-country paths, mostly easy gradients)

Walk the entire length of the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Buxton, following the route taken by the trains that used to run on the much-missed Midland Railway line between Derby and Manchester.

This walk begins at the old Bakewell Railway Station, and heads northwards through spectacular Peak District scenery to Blackwell Mill. Along the way, it tells the story of the railway line, from its creation in the 1860s to its closure in the 1960s. It then follows the private road running through the peaceful Wye Dale, before climbing the dale side and crossing the hilltop fields for the final four miles to the finish in the spa town of Buxton.

While the first nine miles of this walk are along a level and firm hard-surfaced trail and paved roads, the last part of the walk is very much cross-country, beginning with a fairly steep climb up a rough trackway. For this reason, a certain level of fitness is required, along with good walking boots, and this is definitely not a walk for the unprepared.

Both the start and finish points of this walk are easily accessible by public transport from Derby, Sheffield, Chesterfield and Manchester, with good parking in Bakewell for those who prefer to drive.

Start time: 9:30am
Duration: 6.5 hours plus lunch
Price per person: 12.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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July 29th & August 26th

The Great Ridge From Mam Tor

Winnat's Pass, Near Castleton
Edale and Castleton Circular Walk
(10 miles, mix of hard-surfaces and cross-country paths, some steep gradients)

This classic Peak District walk begins in the village of Edale, climbing steeply up onto the "Great Ridge" that separates the Vale of Edale from the Hope Valley. Following the footpath along the ridge, it makes its way to the summit of the walk at the ancient hill fort of Mam Tor, with sweeping views out across the Peak District landscape. From there, it follows roads and paths to the village of Castleton, including the famous closed road below Mam Tor where numerous landslips have given the hillside the nickname of "the shivering mountain". Leaving Castleton, it climbs back onto the "Great Ridge" at Lose Hill, following the ridge past the sheer drop of Back Tor before dropping down into the Vale of Edale to finish back where we started.

The start point of this walk is located close to Edale Railway Station, which is served by regular trains between Sheffield and Manchester. Pay-and-display car parking is also available in Edale for those who prefer to drive to this walk.

With around 2,600 feet of ascent, this is not a walk for those who are physically unprepared. The exposed nature of some of the terrain also means that you will need decent outdoor clothing that is both wind and waterproof.

Start time: 10:30am
Duration: 5 hours plus lunch
Price per person: 10.00 (family and group rates available on request)
How to book places on this walk

How to book these walks
If you would like to book places on any of these walks, please e-mail us with details of which walk(s) you would like to book and how many places you would like on each walk. We will then e-mail you back with details of how to pay via PayPal and, once we have received you cleared payment, we will send you the details of where to meet up with your guide and all other information you will need regarding your booking.
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If you book three or more of these walks, your booking will qualify for our special 5% discount for multiple bookings.

Due to the time required to process your booking and payment, bookings for all walks close at 12:00pm (noon) two days before the date of the walk.

Latest Booking News

  • The August 24th Belper, Milford & The Chevin walk is now fully booked, and we therefore cannot accept any more bookings for this date.
  • Bookings are still open for all other walks.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about these walks, how to get to them, or any other related subjects, please contact us and we will attempt to answer your questions where possible.


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