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Summer Special Walks
July 29th to August 3rd and August 26th to September 1st 2019
This July, August and September, 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 29th & August 26th

Miller's Dale Station

The "Cathedral of the Peaks"
Summer Special 1: Miller's Dale to Tideswell Circular
(9 miles, mostly cross-country paths, some steep gradients)

This 9-mile circular walk begins at the famous Miller's Dale Station on the Monsal Trail. Dropping down from the station, it follows the River Wye as it meanders through Miller's Dale to the base of Tideswell Dale. Leaving the river, it winds its way up Tideswell Dale to the village of Tideswell, where it passes the famous "Cathedral of the Peaks". From Tideswell, it heads across the fields to the hamlet of Wheston and on to the village of Wormhill, birthplace of the famous canal engineer James Brindley. From there, the return to Miller's Dale Station is via the beautiful Chee Dale Nature Reserve.

Although Miller's Dale Station is accessible by bus from both Buxton and Sheffield, the service frequency is quite low. So this is more of a walk for the car driver, with pay-and-display parking for 80 cars available at Miller's Dale Station.

Start time: 10:30am
Duration: 5 hours plus lunch
Price per person: 10.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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July 30th & August 27th

The Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Heathers On Stanton Moor
Summer Special 2: 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 2pm 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: 2:00pm
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: 5.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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July 31st & August 28th

Monsal Dale From Monsal Head

Sheepwash Bridge, Ashford-in-the-Water
Summer Special 3: 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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August 1st & August 29th

Belper Mill and the River Derwent

A Local Landmark, But What Was It?
Summer Special 4: 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: 9:00am
Duration: 3 hours
Price per person: 5.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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August 3rd & August 31st

Hope Cross and the "Great Ridge"

Win Hill
Summer Special 5: Hope, Ladybower and Win Hill Circular
(9 miles, mix of hard-surfaces and cross-country paths, one very steep gradient)

This classic Peak District walk begins at the small car park in the village of Hope. After following the Edale road for a short distance, it then branches off to begin the long gentle climb up to Hope Cross, following the route of an old Roman road for part of the way.

From Hope Cross, the walk drops down through woods to the banks of the River Ashop, which it follows to the start of Ladybower Reservoir. Skirting the edge of the woods for much of the way, it then follows the bank of the reservoir to the end of the dam wall and one of the much-photographed "plugholes".

Following the Derwent Valley Heritage Way for a short distance, the walk then heads off through the woods as it begins the steep climb up to the summit of the walk at Win Hill. Dropping back down off the top of Win Hill, it then rejoins the Edale road to head back to the start point in the centre of Hope.

With around 2,900 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)
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September 1st

Peckwash Mill
Summer Special 6: Duffield to Breadsall Circular
(9 miles, mix of hard-surface and cross-country paths, mostly easy gradients)

Starting close to the Baptist Church on the edge of the village of Duffield, this walk heads out across the fields, following the Midshires Way and roads over the hill to the small village of Coxbench.

From there, it continues on across the fields to Breadsall and Little Eaton, looping around the rear of Drum Hill, before following the route of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way along the river and past Peckwash Mill to return to the start point in Duffield.

With regular bus services through Duffield from Derby and Belper calling at a stop just a minute's walk from the start point, and hourly trains to Duffield Station around 10 minutes walk away, this is a very easy walk to access via public transport.

Start time: 10:00am
Duration: 5 hours plus lunch
Price per person: 6.00 (family and group rates available on request)
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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. 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 if paying via PayPal, or seven days before if you wish to use alternative payment methods.

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