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Rural Ramble 3: Three Villages and Five Wells

Distance: 6 miles
Price: £10.00 per person

(Group & family rates available)

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Five Wells Chambered Tomb

This popular circular walk begins and ends in the quiet Peak District village of Taddington, between the towns of Bakewell and Buxton. Climbing onto the hills above the village, it passes a number of old lead mines on the way to the village of Flagg with its haunted hall. It then crosses more fields to the village of Chelmorton, which claims to be the highest village in Derbyshire at over 1,200 feet above sea level and is surrounded by a network of rare surviving Medieval fields. 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 excellent views northwards over the rolling hills of the High Peak.

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.

Please note that the Queen's Arms pub has no connection with the walk, and is simply used as a convenient landmark within the village. Therefore it cannot give any information or answer any questions about the walk.

Duration (approx):
2.5 to 3.5 hours.
Start point:
The Queen's Arms,
Main St,
Start time:
End point:
The Queen's Arms,
Main St,
Dates available:
May 30th.
June 20th.
July 10th.
August 7th.
September 5th.
October 17th.
November 3rd, 20th.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability and Coronavirus restrictions).

When is this walk available?

This walk is available as a scheduled walk each month between April 12th 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.

Is this walk Covid-secure?

Derbyshire Heritage Walks has been awarded the Visit England "We're Good To Go" mark. This means that we fully comply with the current government and industry Covid-19 guidelines and are subject to random checks to make sure that we are complying. Therefore you can be confident that this walk is as Covid-secure as we can possibly make it. Details of how we do this can be found here.


The following prices apply for this walk:

(Included in overall price)
Adult or Child aged 16 and over
(Up to 8 people in group)
£10.00 per person
£3.00 per person

Discounted family tickets also available, giving cheaper prices for groups including children aged 15 and under. Please e-mail us for details.

Personal Walking Guide bookings are available for this walk at a cost of £40.00 per group for groups of up to 4 people, £60.00 per group for groups of 5 to 10 people, or £90.00 per group for groups of 11 or more.

Travel to and from the walk.

In normal times, this walk is easily accessible by public transport from Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Sheffield and Manchester. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the advice to avoid the use of public transport where possible, we currently recommend that you get a family member or friend from your permitted "bubble" to drop you off and pick you up if possible.

While it is possible to drive yourself 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. If you do decide to drive yourself to the walk, please try to park considerately within the village.

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.


Ordinarily, we use PayPal buttons to handle booking and payment for all of our walks. However, due to the current situation, we have suspended that system, and so now if you wish to book a walk, you need to e-mail us with the details of the walk and date that you wish to book. We will then send you a PayPal invoice, which you can pay either using a PayPal account or, if you don't have access to one of those, you can pay using any debit or credit card. Other payment options are available on request - Please e-mail us for details if required.

Please ensure before booking that you have read and agree to our terms and conditions.

Latest Booking News

  • Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, places on each walk taking place before May 17th are limited to a maximum of five people, who MUST all be from the same household.
  • 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, some Tuesdays, Wednesdays, some Thursdays, most Fridays and Saturdays and some Sundays from April 12th to November 23rd 2021.

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