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Strenuous Walks in the Peak District and Surrounding Area.

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Abney & Offerton          Distance- 16Km          Ascent- 440m

This is a lovely walk. It has no strenuous climbs, just a gradual upward slope by Highlow Brook, passing the lower flank of Bole Hill. Then a gradual pull up the lovely Abney Clough, initially through the wood to emerge into the open with the enchanting Abney Brook in the bottom and then looking up to the heights of Abney Low. Nobody that I have led on this walk has failed to comment on this view. The way continues to the sleepy hamlet of Abney from where a road to nowhere is followed. At the top of the road, the edges of Abney Moor and Shatton Moor are followed along the rough track of Shatton Lane. Passing the radio mast the route now gradually descends to Offerton Hall. From here, you have splendid views beyond Hathersage of Stanage Edge and Hallam Moor as you descend the path towards the River Derwent. The bank of the River Derwent is joined just near to the stepping-stones. You will be pleased to know that you don’t need to cross them, the route follows the bank of the river back to Hathersage.

 

Abney Moor          Distance- 17Km          Ascent- 470m

This delightful walk crosses Bradwell Hills and Abney Moor to Foolow. From there, the return is via Silly Dale, Great Hucklow and Bradwell Dale.

 

Alport Castles          Distance- 21Km          Ascent- 990m

There's more to the Peak District than heather moors, gritstone edges and limestone dales. Tucked away in the heart of the district lies a wonderful mountain landscape in miniature, where connoisseurs explore hidden nooks and crannies or relax by the tarn, drinking in superlative views over Kinder and into the heart of Bleaklow. In terms of scenic splendour, this walk to Alport Castles is hard to beat and includes woodland, open moor and a return beside the reservoirs of the Upper Derwent Valley...well worth a few hours of anyone's time!

 

Bakewell          Distance- 24Km          Ascent- 640m

Apart from the glorious countryside that this walk passes through it also takes in some very interesting places.
MAWSTONE MINE- A disused lead mine where in 1932 five of six miners working on a ventilation fan at were killed after an explosion filled the gallery with carbon monoxide.
WINSTER MARKET HOUSE- a National Trust property and serving as an unmanned information centre; it is definitely worth a visit.
NINE LADIES STONE CIRCLE- nine upright stones each of local millstone grit each less than a metre high set in a clearing in a modern wood planted on Stanton Moor.
STANTON IN PEAK-the Thornhill family owned Stanton Hall and was responsible for the construction of the majority of buildings in the village most of which date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
HADDON HALL- an English country house on the River Wye at Bakewell Derbyshire one of the seats of the Duke of Rutland.

 

Blackden Clough          Distance- 22Km          Ascent- 994m

Probably my favorite walk in the Peak District. This walk takes you up the Blackden Clough route onto the Kinder Scout plateau. The way up Blackden Clough is lovely and less frequented than the usual routes although the upper part of the clough is to be respected especially in icy weather. From the top of Fairbrook, the route follows Kinder's Northern Edge. At a large cairn marking the Pennine Way, you leave the Kinder plateau to drop down to the Snake Path at William Clough. You then follow the Snake path for the next five kilometres in the company of the infant River Ashop back to the lay-by at Birchin Clough.

 

Buxton to Marple          Distance- 26Km          Ascent- 875m

This rather lengthy walk takes in a variety of scenery, from the environs of a town- Buxton, across the moors and valleys of the Goyt to then strike north to Lyme Park. From here, it is field paths and canal towpath to Marple. A REALLY WORTH WHILE WALK!

 

Five Dales          Distance- 17Km          Ascent- 488m

This is a very pleasant walk starting from Peak Forest and heading south down the first four dales in succession to Miller’s Dale. A short section of Miller’s Dale then back north along the Limestone Way and Pennine Bridleway to Wheston. From there, it is footpaths and lanes near to and indeed sharing a short section of the route south, back to Peak Forest.

 

Grindslow Knoll          Distance- 18Km          Ascent- 757m

The first half of the walk climbs Mam Tor then drops down into Edale. Leaving Edale on the Pennine Way the route leaves the Pennine Way and climbs onto Kinder Scout via Grindsbrook Knoll and Crowden Tower. It then goes along the southern edge of Kinder Scout with its fascinating array of weather-sculptured rocks. Re-joining the Pennine Way at large cairn just after Noe Stool, it shortly leaves it again near Edale Cross, finally to climb up Brown Knoll and Rushup Edge. The walk encircles the head of the Vale of Edale, providing extensive views over hills and moorland.

 

Hollingworth Hall Moor          Distance- 20Km          Ascent- 925m

The walk sets off in a north-easterly direction to cross Arnfield Moor. Please note that the path on the ground does not agree with the path on the map from crossing the Pennine Bridleway- waypoint 12 to Chew Hurdles- waypoint 19. Follow the track on the map- this is the footpath on the ground. At Chew Hurdles, the route then turns west to follow the edge overlooking the Chew Valley and Dovestone Reservoir. Alphin Pike is a particularly good spot for lunch as there is a small walled enclosure that offers some protection, especially in inclement weather. Soon after this spot you drop down to join the Tameside Trail and the Pennine Bridleway along Moor Edge Road, which is mostly little more than a stony track. You leave the bridleway at Walkerwood Reservoir to climb and cross Hollingworthall Moor to eventually arrive back at Hobson Moor Road. Grand views all day, weather permitting. Although the walk is titled Hollingworth Hall the hall no longer exists having been demolished in 1943 the land having been  purchased by Manchester Waterworks.

 

Jaggers' Clough          Distance- 16Km          Ascent- 708m

You are going explore the rocky skyline that overlooks the northern edge of the Vale of Edale. You will climb Grindsbrook; a good spot for elevenses’ has been noted. You will explore the spectacular rocky crags of Upper Tor, Nether Tor, and Ringing Roger before halting for lunch at Jagger's Clough. Crookstone Hill will be descended before re-crossing Jagger's Clough lower down. You will pass Rowland Cote YHA with its opportunity for a cold drink from the vending machine before heading back to Edale.

 

Margery Hill          Distance- 22Km          Ascent- 897m

You are going explore the rocky skyline that overlooks the northern edge of the Vale of Edale. You will climb Grindsbrook; a good spot for elevenses’ has been noted. You will explore the spectacular rocky crags of Upper Tor, Nether Tor, and Ringing Roger before halting for lunch at Jagger's Clough. Crookstone Hill will be descended before re-crossing Jagger's Clough lower down. You will pass Rowland Cote YHA with its opportunity for a cold drink from the vending machine before heading back to Edale.

 

Mellor Church          Distance- 16Km          Ascent- 402m

This walk starts in the valley containing the Derwent and Howden reservoirs but soon climbs to explore the hills to the east of this valley- eventually reaching the summit of Margery Hill. En-route an obscure path is followed out of Abbey Clough. This path is a little gem; not being on the Ordnance Survey map it is not walked too frequently but still easily followed on the ground. On the way to Margery Hill, you join Howden Edge- just after getting to the Wet Stones- with magnificent views west. The return leg again takes you along a little walked path eventually arriving at Howden Dam- one of the many impressive structures within this valley. A REALLY WORTH WHILE WALK!

 

Silly Dale          Distance- 26Km          Ascent- 819m

This walk takes in a wide variety of scenery from the canals around Marple and the Roman Lakes- climbing up to St. Thomas’ Church part of which dates back to the 13th century. The small hamlets of Moorend and Brookbottom are passed on-route with the opportunity of a pint at the Fox Inn in Brookbottom. At Strines, you pass the site of Strines Print Works- a textile printing works where much of the developments in modern textile printing and dyeing were perfected in the last century.

 

Rainow          Distance- 19Km          Ascent- 692m

The route offers impressive views, gritstone islands in the limestone, and the thrill of stone circles and other remains of the Middle Bronze Age (1400 to 1000 BC) on Stanton Moor and Harthill Moor. You will also find an Iron Age (500 BC to AD 70) fort also on Harthill Moor, the beautiful and emotive Hermit's Cave at Cratcliff Rocks, the peace of Bradford Dale, three villages of interest, and the attractions of Caudwell's Mill to end (or even begin) with. The whole walk is 10 miles in length with hardly a blemish. That walk includes the Old Portway from south of Robin Hood's Stride to Harthill Moor and then paths not too far from its likely route down to Alport, where it forded the River Lathkill. To extend the length of the ancient route which you follow, you could use the description in the previous chapter to walk from Birchover to Winster and along the Portway from there to the Stride, turning the walk into one of 13 miles.

 

Shining Tor Goyt          Distance- 20Km          Ascent- 719m

This circular walk is on the water catchment area of the Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs. The views are spectacular especially from the summit of Shining Tor. Also if walked in the late spring you are in for a treat when the rhododendrons and azaleas and in flower. The area is surprisingly rich in local history as the following articles illustrate.

 

Wash          Distance- 19Km          Ascent- 736m

This is a great walk taking in the summits of South Head and Brown Knoll. Descending down Jacob.s Ladder then quite a steep climb up and over Rushup Edge to pass Rushop Hall then back to Wash via Sparrowpit.

 

Jaggers' Clough- Barber Booth Start          Distance- 18Km          Ascent- 707m

You are going explore the rocky skyline that overlooks the northern edge of the Vale of Edale. You will climb by Crowden Brook; a good spot for elevenses’ has been noted. You will explore the spectacular rocky crags of Upper Tor, Nether Tor, and Ringing Roger before halting for lunch at Jagger's Clough. Crookstone Hill will be descended before re-crossing Jagger's Clough lower down. You will pass Rowland Cote YHA with its opportunity for a cold drink from the vending machine before heading back to Barber Booth.