Walks

18/08/2022, Thursday, Monsal Trail, 8 miles, 205m ascent, moderate, leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A walk along the Monsal Trail From Monsal Head to Millers Dale through the old railway tunnels, returning back via Tideswell Dale and the River Wye valley.

Difficulty: A long stroll.

Walk start: 10:30hrs, Monsal Head car park, Ashford in the Water, Bakewell, DE45 1NL. Lat/Long 53.240094, -1.724999. OS map OL24 Grid Ref SK 18450 71487

Route: Monsal Head car park, Headstone viaduct, Litton tunnel, Millers Dale viaduct, Millers Dale, Meadow Lane, Tideswell Dale car park, Tideswell Dale, Litton Mill, Cressbrook Dale, Water-cum-Jolly Dale, Brushfield Lane, Headstone viaduct, Monsal Head car park.

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22/08/2022, Monday, Mam Nick, Hope Quarry and Castleton, 8 miles moderate, Leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am at Mam Nick NT car park just beyond where road to Edale turns off left from road to Winnats Pass and Castleton. Alternatively park on roads near car park.

PLEASE BRING YOUR NT CARD TO SAVE CAR PARK FEE

Map reference SK123 833 Post code S33 8WA

Route to start: Join A555 airport road and then A6, through Disley and on to dual carriageway, past roundabouts to Whaley Bridge and Chapel, turn left at signpost for Castleton and follow road to the car park.

This walk aims to get a close up look at the Hope limestone quarry and cement works. We keep at a high level circling around Castleton, walk along side the quarry and into a field behind the cement works. We then drop down towards Hope and walk alongside the river to Castleton, to the visitors centre if needed and return to the car park via the path contouring up the hill above the mines.

Note that the walk involves stepping across a fallen wire fence. I will check that this has not changed just before the walk date.


01/09/2022, Thursday, Deep Dale and Magpie Mine, 7 miles, moderate, Leader Simon Duffy

Outline: A circuit that includes Deep Dale, Magpie Mine and Sheldon. The route passes through the Deep Dale Nature Reserve which has an abundance of flowers in the spring and summer. Magpie Mine was the last working lead mine in the Derbyshire. It is probably the best surviving example anywhere in the UK of a 19th century lead mine, and includes a replica horse gin, where a harnessed horse walking in a circle would cause gears to engage and turn a drum, thus raising baskets of ore from a mineshaft. Sheldon is a quiet and picturesque village with a beautiful pub.

Start: 10:30hrs at White Lodge Car Park - Peak District NP, A6 road, Buxton DE45 1QS. Long./Lat. 53.232515, -1.746933, OS map OL 24, Grid ref SK 17033 70594.

Route: White Lodge Car Park, Taddington Wood, Dimin Dale, Dimin (Demons) Dale Rock Shelter, Deep Dale, Deep Dale Nature Reserve, Settlement, Sheldon, Magpie Mine, Sheldon, Cock and Pullet pub, St Michaels Church, Great Shacklow Wood, Dimin Dale, White Lodge Car Park.

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04/09/2022, Sunday, Bushes Valley, Leader Lynn Davies

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08/09/2022 Thursday, Black Hill and Laddow Rocks from Crowden 9 miles moderate, Guy/Sue Lucas

The walk starts at 10.00am from Crowden Car Park SK13 1HZ, What3Words retiring.park.reckoned Grid Ref SK 07245 9926 . If coming via the M67, take the A57 from the roundabout at the end of the M67. After 1.4 miles on the A57 there are traffic lights. Go straight on the A628 (rather than the A57 which bears right). After 5.3 miles on A628 bear left signed Crowden (and P and WC). The parking is free and there is a toilet.

Walk route from the Car Park: A gradual climb up to a disused quarry, and then along to Hey Moss, leading to another climb to White Low, over Tooleyshaw Moor to the Black Hill. Bear left at the Soldiers Lump Trig Point along the Pennine Way. Follow this path and you reach a gradual ascent up to Laddow Rocks. Along the cliff edge and back down gradually towards Crowden.

This is a brilliant although fairly demanding walk. It is usually quiet, with much to interest the ornithologist and ecologist. There are lovely views at the beginning looking back down towards Torside Reservoir, and towards the end from Laddow Rocks looking over towards Bareholme Moss and down towards Crowden. The central part (around Black Hill) can be boggy if it has rained recently and waterproof footwear and gaiters are advised. The traverse of Laddow Rocks has to be done with care and the descent from there is uneven. We found poles reassuring.


13/09/2022, Tuesday Peter and Miller's Dale 8.5 miles moderate leader Marjorie Mcloughlin

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18/09/2022, Sunday, Buxton and Solomon Temple from Derbyshire Bridge, 8 miles moderate, Leader Peter Attwell

The walk starts at 10am from the Derbyshire Bridge car park . Directions to car park: take Cat and Fiddle Buxton Road out of Macclesfield. Shortly after the Cat and Fiddle pub, bear left down hill to the car park with possibly open toilet block.

The walk goes up to and over the Buxton Road and into the Buxton Country Park, visiting Solomon's Temple, then bears left to Burbage, taking the Old Road initially and then over the moors down to the Goyt Valley, returning to Derbyshire Bridge mainly on the road.

27/09/2022, Tuesday The Wye Valley and Ashford in the Water 9.5 miles moderate Leader Marjorie McLoughlin

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02/10/22, Sunday, Monsal Head, Cressbrook Dale & Foolow . 9.5 miles. Moderate Leader Angela Legge

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06/10/2022, Thursday, Mill Hill and the Wormstones from Glossop, 8.2miles, moderate. Leaders Sue/Guy Lucas

The walk starts at 10.00am from Manor Park Car Park, Corn Street, Glossop, SK13 8QE, What3Words ripen.lipstick.scarred Grid Ref SK 03969 94388. If coming via the M67, take the A57 from the roundabout at the end of the M67 and follow signs for Glossop. In the centre of Glossop, go straight across at the main traffic lights (crossing the A624/B6105). After a further 0.3 miles on the A57, there is a small roundabout. Take the second turning signed Corn Street and Car Park. The parking is free and there is a toilet. Walk distance 8.2 miles, ascent 1726 ft.

Walk route from the Car Park:

The route is richly varied. Fairly quickly leaving Glossop to the south, you gradually rise through fields with sheep and horses, to reach the Derbyshire Level. Turning off this quiet road at Moorside, you take a small lane which leads you steadily up towards the Black Moor. The lane evolves from tarmac, to gravel, to a rough farm track before petering out. The path from there to the Pennine Way is indistinct, although marked with stakes. Although dry on a recent recce, gaiters and poles may be advisable if there has been recent rain.

Turn right along the Pennine Way, which is slabbed, and an easy walk though open moorland, with good views to Kinder and Higher Shelf Stones. We reach a crossing of paths at a summit with a cairn, Mill Hill (544m). Bear right (away from Kinder) along a slabbed path. We pass aircraft wreckage and a memorial to a Mountain Rescuer (who died there) before leaving the slabbed path and taking a reasonably distinct path through the heather of Chunal Moor to Harry Hut trig point (441m). From there the path leads us to the Wormstones, an unusual rock formation, with views towards Cown Edge. The descent from there is irregular, but manageable with care. We return to Glossop through tranquil fields, along a stream and quiet country lanes.


10/10/2022, Monday, Bus to Kettleshume and walk back to Macclesfield, 9.8 miles moderate leader Peter Attwell

Meet at Macclesfield bus station to catch 60A service to Kettleshume at 9.50am. Bring bus pass or money for the ticket (no idea how much).

Parking: any car park in Macclesfield, which are all pay car parks. I will park on a side road off Buxton Road (which is the left turn at Arighi Bianchi). Suggested road is Union Road, turn right off Buxton Road at Golf Exchange shop.

Please leave at least 15 minutes to walk down Buxton Road, under the railway bridge, bear left past railway station entrance, turn right into Pickford Street and walk to the top slightly uphill.

Walk: from Kettleshume, the walk goes to Dunge Farm, Jenkin Chapel, Lamaload, Raynow, Kerridge Ridge, down to the canal and back to Macclesfield. It is possible that some of the canal path will be closed in which case the walk will go into Higher Hurdsfield and to the canal.

There a number of short ascents such as that up to Kerridge Ridge. A lot of the first part of the walk is on good tracks or minor roads. The fields near the canal are still very muddy.