Moderate Walks in the Peak District and Surrounding Area.

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Alsop-en-le-Dale          Distance- 9Km          Ascent- 256m

The villages of Alsop-en-le-Dale and Parwich, which are visited on this walk, lie on a pleasant minor road that runs down a quiet valley from its junction with the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton road. This busy main road was crossed and re-crossed by the railway, now the Tissington Trail, and its stations are now car parks very convenient for the famous dales of the River Dove only a mile or two away to the west. In great contrast to that popular area, the countryside to the east is not so well known, and much more gentle in its terrain. Nevertheless, this walk, although short, is hilly enough to seem much longer! It drops steeply down to Alsop-en-le-Dale and then climbs the far hillside before descending gradually to Parwich. From there, it crosses the valley to return along the level stretch of the Tissington Trail.


Baslow Edge          Distance- 10Km          Ascent- 275m

The hardest part of this walk is the beginning with the ascent to the Wellington Monument on Baslow Edge. After that it is either on the flat or downhill. For your effort you stand on one of the best viewpoints of Derbyshire, with the Peak District landscape unravelled before you. Coupled with this are several interesting historical items, gritstone edge scenery and peaceful river banks. Although the walk is six miles long, it is possible to reduce it to five miles at waypoint 09.


Charlesworth to Marple          Distance- 14Km          Ascent- 430m

This is a linear walk from the village of Charlesworth on the Marple to Glossop road back to Marple following the Cown Edge Way. There are stunning views off Coombes Edge followed by paths across Ludworth Moor and down through Brook Bottom. You eventually pass Mellor Church (St. Thomas’) with more fantastic views from here. Passing Linnet Clough Scout Camp, you drop down to the Roman Lakes from where you cross the Roman Bridge over the River Goyt to join the Peak Forest Canal for a short distance to Marple centre.


Chrome Hill          Distance- 12Km          Ascent- 515m

If you think that the views from the heights are only to be had in the Dark Peak; think again! This walk takes in three splendid hills; the views from the top of each will take some beating.


Combs Edge- Higher          Distance- 13Km          Ascent- 477m

Combs is a small hamlet off the Chapel-en-le-Frith to Whaley Bridge road. It nestles in a sheltered valley between Ladder Hill and Combs Edge. Once largely a farming community, it is now a popular place for Manchester commuters because of its good road and rail communications. The village centres around the Beehive Inn, while to the north of the village lies Combs reservoir, which supports a local sailing club. To the east the village is overshadowed by Castle Naze, a gritstone crag at the apex of Combs edge, which provides splendid views across Chapel-en-le-Frith and the surrounding area. This was also one of the crags where rock-climbing was pioneered and it is still popular with local climbers. Castle Naze was the site of an Iron Age fortress and the ruins of the ramparts are probably the best preserved of any in the area. This and the view make it well worth a visit.


Eccles Pike          Distance- 6Km          Ascent- 258m

ECCLES PIKE consists of gritstone, pink in colour at the summit. While not as prominent as the surrounding hills of Cracken Edge and Combs Moss it is popular with walkers. At 370 metres high, it offers good views of Manchester to the west and the Kinder Scout plateau to the east. Combs reservoir lies just to the south of the hill. On the summit is a commemorative plaque showing the distinctive landforms in a 360-degree circle taking in panoramic views across the Peak District to the east, Manchester in the north, and Cheshire and Wales to the south and west. The name pike means pointed hill; its not known how it acquired the name Eccles, although it is doubtful if this name relates to the town on the other side of Manchester famous for its currant cakes.


Edale Cross          Distance- 10Km          Ascent- 476m

This walk hardly goes on to the heights of Kinder Scout but the hills are always there, overshadowing the walk. Edale Cross itself may not be as old as it looks, dating back perhaps to 1610, but it is a landmark on the old packhorse track from Hayfield to Edale. This walk is well served by facilities; there are cafes and pubs in Hayfield. Toilets are available at the bus station in Hayfield and also at Bowden Bridge (just after waypoint ec08).


Lantern Pike          Distance- 13Km          Ascent- 425m

Lantern Pike is a hill located just outside Hayfield in Derbyshire. The land lies within the Peak District National Park and is owned and maintained by the National Trust. It is always open to the public. According to Ordnance Survey it is 373 metres in height according to air survey. The name Lantern Pike probably comes from the fact the hill was used as a beacon. The hill is a popular hiking destination and is often considered a continuation of the nearby Kinder Scout mountain.


Magpie Mine          Distance- 12Km          Ascent- 402m

Lead mining used to be one of the major industries in Derbyshire. The Romans were probably the first to dig out the metal on a commercial basis, but others who could see large fortunes easily amassed by digging the stuff from the ground followed them over the centuries. Unfortunately, for many of them, water proved too big a problem and a lot of mines had to be abandoned as it was costing more to remove water than lead. The walk takes you past Magpie Mine, which survives as one of the better-preserved lead mines in Derbyshire and is now the headquarters of the Peak District Mines Historical Society. The walk starts at Ashford-in-the-Water, so named to differentiate this attractive village from other Ashfords.


Padley Chapel-2          Distance- 10Km          Ascent- 353m

Distant views, rugged scenery and a martyr chapel are just three of the attractions of this walk. Coupled with this is extensive woodland, the home of a variety of bird and wild flowers. It is a walk, which is as equally attractive in the summer months as the winter, and makes an ideal Christmas outing.


Perry Dale          Distance- 12Km          Ascent- 340m

This is one of the many family walks that the Holy Spirit Rambling Group ran. This one was led by Frank McChrystal on the 9th of April 2016.


Tintwistle to Glossop          Distance- 12Km          Ascent- 456m

This is a moderate walk with the more strenuous parts early on. The walk takes you onto Tintwistle Knarr, with views of the reservoirs in Longdendale, then between two reservoirs, along lanes and paths to finish. On the way, you can visit the information kiosk above Henry Street in Glossop, which is well worth the effort. The walk starts at Tintwistle and finishes at Glossop.


Windgather Rocks          Distance- 12Km          Ascent- 380m

WINDGATHER ROCKS, as the name implies, is a high viewpoint exposed to the elements that lies about one mile southeast of the village of Kettleshulme. The gritstone escarpment forms the county boundary between Derbyshire and Cheshire and is a popular location for walkers and climbers.  The panorama westwards from the crest of the rocks is extensive across the Cheshire countryside with Manchester visible in the distance, eastwards is the beautiful Goyt Valley. The nearby village of Kettleshulme was, until 1937, a key manufacturer of candlewick material. The hamlet was also the home of a man named Amos Broadhurst who, in the 19th century, was famous for growing a seven-foot long beard.  Finally, it is worth noting that there is a local beer brewed in Macclesfield named after the beauty spot. Storm Brewing Windgather- is described as an excellent drink.


Winster          Distance- 15Km          Ascent- 493m

A walk in limestone country close to the edge of the National Park. Many of the paths are little used but provide stunning views over Matlock and southern Peakland. Several interesting villages are passed including Winster’s Market Hall Bonsall’s historic cross and Snitterton’s 17th Century Hall and ancient bullring.


Shutlingsloe          Distance- 12Km          Ascent- 520m

Shutlingsloe is not very high, but despite this it commands an excellent view over the western side of the Peak District and the Cheshire Plain. In fact you can see the Clwyd hills in North Wales on a clear day, as well as features like the enormous Mark 1 radio telescope at Jodrell Bank. The description of the hill as the 'Matterhorn of Cheshire' is more than a little fanciful for this hill rises to a mere 506 metres, and is actually lower than the Cat and Fiddle Inn on the hillside opposite, but when you see the hill then the phrase appears more apt, for Shutlingsloe is steep-sided and rises to a shapely cone at the top. The usual approaches to Shutlingsloe are from Langley to the north-west or from Wildboarclough to the south-east, and both offer pleasant short walks up the hill. On the Langley side the usual starting point is the picnic site and car park alongside Trentabank reservoir (grid reference SJ962712), on the tiny road which leads up to Macclesfield Forest. The path through the forest to Shutlingsloe is well signposted.