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Rural Ramble 5: Ashford-in-the-Water to Bakewell via Magpie Mine and Lathkill Dale
Distance: 9 miles Duration: 4 to 5 hours
(Including lunch)
Price: 10.00 per person
(Special family/group rates available - see below)

Although the pretty village of Ashford-in-the-Water is only a mile or so from the town of Bakewell, this walk takes a very roundabout route from one to the other. Starting in the centre of Ashford-in-the-Water, it makes a short but fairly challenging climb up out of the Wye Valley to the hilltop village of Sheldon and the preserved ruins of Magpie Mine. It then crosses the fields to the village of Over Haddon, which has an unexpected connection to the British Secret Service and fictional agent James Bond. There, it drops down to the River Lathkill, which it follows through part of the tranquil Lathkill Dale before climbing once more to the area known as Haddon Fields. Following a well-used bridleway, it then drops down to the entrance to Haddon Hall, where you can either leave the walk to visit one of the best preserved medieval houses in the country, or continue onwards for the final two miles to the finish of the walk in the centre of Bakewell.

As Ashford-in-the-Water is located on the main road between Bakewell and Buxton, with a regular direct bus service between the two calling in the village, this is an ideal walk for anyone staying in either town. The bus service also allows access from other towns along the A6 corridor such as Matlock and Belper, plus the city of Derby. By using the train to Buxton, and changing to the bus there, the walk is also easily accessible from Manchester and Stockport, while other buses to Bakewell allow access from Chesterfield and Sheffield.

While it does include three short but fairly steep climbs, this is still a relatively easy walk suitable for both adults and older children alike.

Distance: 9 miles.
Duration (approx): 4 to 5 hours (including breaks).
Start point: Fennel Street,
Start time: 9:30am (Weekdays and Saturdays).
10:30am (Sundays and Bank Holidays).
End point: Rutland Square,
Dates available: May 27th.
June 26th.
July 17th.
August 7th.
September 4th, 25th.
October 11th, 26th.
November 10th, 20th.
Unavailable December 2019 to February 2020.
March 2020 onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings via a Personal Walking Guide are available now for any date from March 1st to November 23rd 2019 - 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 between March and November 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 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 Ashford-in-the-Water, we cannot accept a start time before 9:30am (10:30am for Sundays and Bank Holidays) or after 12:00pm.

Please note that, for bookings in late November and early March especially, there is the possibility that the walk may take place in snow conditions. 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.


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)
8.00 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)
33.00 per ticket 8.25 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

Travel to and from the walk.

This walk is easily accessible by public transport. Due to the limited amount of public parking in Ashford-in-the-Water, it is a little more difficult to access by car, although it is possible to park in Bakewell and take the bus to Ashford-in-the-Water. 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. Ashford-in-the-Water is on the route of the High Peak Buses "Transpeak" service between Derby and Buxton. The northbound "Transpeak" calls at Belper, Matlock and Bakewell on the way from Derby to Ashford-in-the-Water, and so also allows access to this walk from those towns too. The southbound "Transpeak" service departs hourly from Buxton Railway Station, calling at the Market Place a couple of minutes later.

At the end of the walk, you can then use the "Transpeak" to return home, with southbound departures towards Derby leaving Bakewell hourly up to 3:15pm, then at 4:37pm, 5:34pm and 6:26pm on weekdays, or 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm weekends and Bank Holidays. Northbound services towards Buxton also leave Bakewell hourly up to 5:59pm, and then 7:24pm (5:59pm, and 6:59pm Saturdays, plus 8:47pm Sundays and Bank Holidays only). If you are travelling back to Matlock, Belper or Derby, it is also possible to use the Trent Barton 6.1 bus service. On weekdays and Saturdays, this departs from Bakewell hourly up to 5:30pm, with a 6:30pm departure for Matlock only. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, it departs hourly up to 5:55pm. However, please note that return tickets issued on the "Transpeak" are NOT accepted on the 6.1 service.

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

While it is possible to drive to this walk, there is only one very small official car park in Ashford-in-the-Water. The nearest large car park to Ashford-in-the-Water is a couple of miles away in Bakewell, from where you can easy get to Ashford-in-the-Water by using the "Transpeak" bus.

Is there anything special I need to bring?

Given the length 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 Magpie Mine very exposed, you may need warm clothing too. It is also recommended that you bring plenty of water with you, as there are no real opportunities to purchase it along the route of the walk.

We also recommend that you do not wear shorts or other clothing that leaves your lower legs exposed. This is because there is one section of the walk in particular, through Lathkill Dale, where at certain times of the year it is necessary to push through heavy vegetation that overhangs the narrow riverside path. As this vegetation can include nettles and brambles, having bare legs is not recommended.

Are there any disabled access issues?

Unfortunately, this walk is not suitable for wheelchairs due to the terrain involved and the presence of locked gates and stiles.

Those with other mobility issues may also find this walk difficult due to the presence of stiles. If you are able to cope with these, then the rest of the route should not prove too difficult. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact us 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 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.


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 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 25.00 for one adult and up to three children aged up to 15 years old, or 33.00 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 8 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 - Three Inns Circular
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Bank Holidays
Yes Yes Yes Some* Yes 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 26th walk is fully booked, and so we are unable to accept any more bookings for that date.
  • Bookings are open for all other dates listed, and close at 9:30am 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, some Thursdays, Fridays, most Saturdays and some Sundays from March 1st to November 23rd 2019.
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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Important: Before booking, please make sure that the date you wish to book is not listed as already being fully booked in the "Latest booking news" section above.

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