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Rural Ramble 3: Three Villages and Five Wells
Distance: 6 miles Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours Price: 10.00 per person
(Special family/group rates available - see below)

Five Wells Tomb and the Wye Valley
This six-mile cross-country circular walk begins and ends at the quiet Peak District village of Taddington, between the towns of Bakewell and Buxton. From there, it climbs onto the hills above the village, giving fine views across the Wye Valley and Miller's Dale. It then crosses the fields, passing a number of old lead mines, to the village of Flagg with its haunted hall, and then on to the village of Chelmorton. Besides claiming to be the highest village in Derbyshire at over 1,200 feet above sea level, Chelmorton is surrounded by a network of rare surviving Medieval fields. The village also stands in the shadow of the looming Chelmorton Low, which is topped by a pair of Bronze Age burial mounds. From Chelmorton, the walk then returns to Taddington via a short diversion to visit the Neolithic chambered cairn at Five Wells, said to be the highest such monument in the whole of the UK at over 1,400 feet. From its elevated position on the edge of the Five Wells escarpment, this ancient burial site gives spectacular views northwards over the rolling hills of the High Peak.
As Taddington is just a short distance from the town, and easily reached by bus, this walk is perfect for those looking for things to do in and around Buxton. Although a little further away, it also makes an ideal activity for those looking for things to do during a stay in Bakewell.

Given its more cross-country nature and the somewhat exposed terrain, this is a walk for the more serious walker, and you will definitely need a good pair of boots and outdoor clothing. While car parking in Taddington is limited, this walk is easily accessible by public transport from Derby, Belper, Matlock, Bakewell, Buxton, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Manchester.

Distance: 6 miles.
Duration (approx): 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
Start point: The Queen's Arms,
Main St,
Taddington,
Derbyshire.
Start time: 11:00am.
End point: The Queen's Arms,
Main St,
Taddington,
Derbyshire.
Dates available: May 5th, 26th.
June 7th, 23rd.
July 7th, 21st.
August 2nd, 16th.
September onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings via a Personal Walking Guide are available now for any date up to December 20th 2017 - see here for details.

When is this walk available?

This walk is available as a scheduled walk each month between the middle of February and the end of November. It may also be booked privately throughout the year on a date of your choice 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 throughout the year on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, most Saturdays, some Sundays and most Bank Holidays. If you make a private booking for this walk, either by upgrading a scheduled walk 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. Please note that, due to the timing of the buses through Taddington, we cannot accept a start time before 9:30am or after 1:30pm (before 11:00am on Sundays and Bank Holidays). Also, for bookings before the beginning of March, we do not recommend a start time any later than 12:30pm.

Please note that, for bookings between late November and the end of March especially, there is the possibility that the walk may take place in snow conditions. The summit of the walk, at over 1,400 feet, is also very exposed to high winds. If we believe the forecast conditions to be potentially 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 public transport. Due to the lack of public parking in Taddington, it is more difficult to access by car, although it is possible to park elsewhere and take the bus to Taddington. 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 bus. Taddington is on the route of the High Peak Buses "Transpeak" service between Derby and Buxton, with some services extended to Machester. The "Transpeak" calls at Belper, Matlock and Bakewell on the way to Taddington from Derby, and so also allows access to this walk from those towns too. The northbound "Transpeak" departs from Derby at 8:50am, arriving at Taddington at 10:13am. However, rush hour traffic in Derby can delay the service by up to 20 minutes. The southbound service departs from Buxton Railway Station at 10:37am, or Buxton Market Place at 10:40am, and arrives at Taddington at 10:55am.

If travelling from further afield, it is possible to reach Taddington by changing to the "Transpeak" at Derby, Buxton or one of its intermediate stops such as Bakewell. At the end of the walk, you can then use the "Transpeak" to return to your interchange point for your onward journey home.

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 TM Travel services, but is NOT valid on services by any other operators.

While it is possible to drive to this walk, there is no official car park in Taddington, with only limited on-road parking available on the narrow road through the village. The nearest car park to Taddington is a couple of miles away at White Lodge on the A6 and, after parking there, you can catch the "Transpeak" to Taddington at 9:58am (weekdays) or 10:08am (Saturdays). Alternatively, it is possible to park in Buxton and use the "Transpeak" from there to Taddington.

Is there anything special I need to bring?

Given the nature of this walk, a good pair of walking boots is essential. The weather can be quite variable and there is little shelter along the route, so it is important to also have a good set of waterproof clothing. As the walk takes place in all weathers, and the section around Flagg and 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. Those with other mobility issues may also find difficulty with this walk due to the need to cross stiles, etc.

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. 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 7.50 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 6.00 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 - Three Villages and Five Wells
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Bank Holidays
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Most* Most* Most*
* = 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 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, Fridays, most Saturdays and some Sundays up to December 20th 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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