Been awhile but think its time for another walk!!
Derbyshire this time I think,
I know lots of you have been requesting me to plan another extended stroll.... well here we go:
Starting off in 'Over Haddon' near Bakewell at the public car park (there are public conveniences at this car park) heading onto Bole Hill and then to a personal favourite of mine 'Magpie Mine' from here we head in a Northerly direction down to 'Great Shacklow Wood' here we follow the River Wye into 'Ashford in the Water' and then into 'Bakewell' and the chance to grab a traditional Bakewell pudding before we head back to the carb park at 'Over Haddon'.
The earliest recordings of workings date from 1740, in the 1800's the mine had numerous problems but was very productive in sourcing lead. The mine was believed to have a curse on it when in 1833, 24 miners died from fumes after fires were alit in the mine shafts. The Cornish mining engineer John Taylor came to the mine and introduced new innovations like safety hats, iron winding ropes and better work patterns for the miners. The mine eventually closed in 1954 since 2010 the mine is maintained by Natural England.
Just a note about finding 'Over Haddon' Car Park - drive down Main Street when reaching a triangular piece of turf you should notice apart from a car park sign a single floor building behind a stone wall, the car park is the other side of this building.
So here's the route details:
Distance: 8.48 miles (13.86 km's)
Start Time: 10.30am
Finish Time: 3.30pm
428.81 feet [masked]m) at the lowest point
[masked] feet [masked]m) at the highest point
I would class this route as a fairly easy to average walk, with 2 gradual hills and just under 8.5km's of flat'ish walking overall
- Over Haddon
- Bole Hill
- Magpie Mine
- River Wye
- Old Mine Cottages
- Ashford in the Water
And now for the Usual:
As always make sure you are prepared for this walk.
You will need:
• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice
• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren’t recommended as if they get wet they become heavy, lightweight breathable trousers are better).
• Waterproofs are essential even in our great british summertime,
• Snacks, Sweets etc.
• Adequate water or soft drinks
As with it being now 'British Summer Time....' dont forget your sunglasses just in case...
Sense of humour is essential!!
PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - we will stop along the route for Lunch, the half way point will mean we will be by the River Wye so please be self-sufficient for food and the day.
Please arrive at the car park in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.30am