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Rural Ramble 2: Three Dales Circular
Distance: 6.5 miles Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours Price: 10.00 per person
(Special family/group rates available - see below)
This 6.5-mile circular walk begins and ends at the popular Brierlow Bar Bookshop on the Buxton to Ashbourne road. From Brierlow Bar, the walk passes through two quiet and sheltered rocky Dales. From April to June, their lightly wooded slopes are usually awash with native wild flowers such as Cowslips, Red Campion, Early Purple Orchids and White Violets. At other times of year, although there may not be as many flowers to enjoy, they still offer a tranquil experience away from the noise of modern life, where the only sounds are the songs of Chaffinches, Wheatears, Redstarts and others. It then crosses the fields to the small village of Chelmorton. Said to be the highest village in Derbyshire, it is famed for its strip fields, a rare survival from Medieval times, and the impressive hill of Chelmorton Low with its Bronze Age burial mounds. From Chelmorton, the walk returns to Brierlow Bar via yet another beautiful Dale. Offering an even better display of wild flowers than the other Dales, this idyllic Dale is perhaps the highlight of the walk.

The start point of this walk is accessible from Buxton by bus, although the somewhat infrequent service means you may be better off using a car if possible. See below for information on recommended bus services.

Due to the very rugged nature of part of the route, involving some very rocky paths and a little bit of steep scrambling, this is a walk for the more experienced and adventurous walker. Because of the terrain involved, a good pair of walking boots is a must.

Distance: 6.5 miles.
Duration (approx): 3.5 to 4 hours.
Start point: Bookstore Brierlow Bar,
Ashbourne Road,
Buxton,
Derbyshire.
Start time: 11:00am.
End point: Bookstore Brierlow Bar,
Ashbourne Road,
Buxton,
Derbyshire.
Dates available: August 7th.
September 2nd, 13th.
October 2nd, 25th.
November 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.

When is this walk available?

This walk is available as a scheduled walk each month between the beginning of March and the end of November. It may also be booked privately on a date of your choice between March and November via 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 via a Personal Walking Guide on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and most Saturdays between the beginning of March and the end of November. If you make a private booking for this walk, either by upgrading a scheduled walk to a private booking or by booking a Personal Walking Guide, you can also request a different start time if desired. While we cannot guarantee this time, we will make every effort to accommodate your request. Due to the opening times of the bookshop, we cannot accept a start time earlier than 9:30am or later than 1:00pm. We are also unable to accept any private bookings for Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Please note that, for bookings in March or November especially, there is the possibility that the walk may take place in snow conditions. There is also the risk of icy conditions in the base of some of the dales. 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.

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)
10.00 per person 2.50 per person 10.00 per group
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(9 or more people in group)
7.50 per person 2.00 per person
Family Ticket - 1 adult plus up to 3 children
(aged 15 and below)
25.00 per ticket 6.25 per ticket
Family Ticket - 2 adults plus up to 3 children
(aged 15 and below)
32.00 per ticket 8.00 per ticket
Personal Walking Guide
(group of up to 10 people)
60.00 per group 9.00 per group N/A
Personal Walking Guide
(group of 11 to 20 people)
90.00 per group 13.50 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, although the number and frequency of bus services is very limited. 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. Free car parking is available at Brierlow Bar bookshop during opening hours (usually 9:30am to 5:30pm). If using the car park, you may wish to also visit the bookshop after the walk - as if you visit beforehand, you may well end up losing yourself in there and missing the start of the walk!

Brierlow Bar is accessible by bus from Buxton via the High Peak Buses 441 and 442 services, and the Hulleys of Baslow 177 service. From Buxton, the recommended bus is the 10:05am number 177 service from Buxton Market Place (stand D), which arrives at Brierlow Bar at 10:14am. At the end of the walk, you can take the 3:08pm number 442 service back into Buxton. If you miss this service, the next bus is not until 5:08pm, although this would give you plenty of time to browse around the bookshop and use the cafe.

From further afield, Buxton is easily accessible by bus or train from Derby, Belper, Matlock, Bakewell, Macclesfield, Stockport and Manchester. On arrival in Buxton, you can then use the number 177 bus above to access the start point of the walk.

Please note that, as of April 2016, the Derbyshire Wayfarer day rover ticket is no longer valid on the "Transpeak" and you will 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 TM Travel services, but is NOT valid on services run by any other operators or any rail services.

Is there anything special I need to bring?

Given the nature of this walk, a good pair of walking boots is absolutely 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 no opportunities to purchase either along the route of the walk other than from the cafe in the bookshop.

Are there any disabled access issues?

Unfortunately, this walk is not suitable for wheelchairs due to the terrain involved. Additionally, due to the very rough and rocky condition of the path through Deep Dale, this walk is not suitable for those who find difficulty in walking over uneven ground.

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 as the route of the walk passes through fields where there may be livestock present, and Deep Dale is a Derbyshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve. 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 10.00 per person, including a 2.50 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 7.50 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 25.00 for one adult and up to three children aged up to 15 years old, or 32.00 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 7.50 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 Blackwell Circular
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Bank Holidays
Yes Yes Yes No No Most* No No
* = Please contact us for details of availability

The cost of a Personal Walking Guide for this walk is 60.00 per group (90.00 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

  • Bookings are open for all dates listed, and close at 11:00am two days before 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 and most Saturdays from March 1st to November 30th 2017.
How to book

To book a scheduled walk, simply select the number of places 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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