Starting from Millers Dale in the Peak District, Between Bakewell and Buxton off the B6049.
After the sitting around of Christmas its time to walk off all that turkey, brussel sprouts and mince pies around the Monsal Trail.
A good scenic walk with lots of sights to see, including the old path called the 'Priest's Way' and also a couple of gorges, dismantled railway, the river Wye, stepping stones, valleys, old railway tunnel and passing a couple of caves too, its a good walk with a mixture of terrain by tracks and footpaths, mainly a flat'ish route but with 2 main hills along the route, first one is a gradual up hill over 3.5 km's and then slowly going down hill and onto the flat until we reach the 12 km point where we have a small peak to climb before head downwards and back to the start point.
I would say this is for the average walker, as it is just under 9 miles and on different footings/terrain,
So I suggest a reasonable standard of fitness would be suitable for walkers - for the distance and also consideration of winter walking daylight hours.
We will take Lunch approx at the half way point this will be along a footpath with no shops anywhere near the lunch point, so Please be self sufficient with a packed lunch and liquid refreshments for lunch and the rest of the day.
• The Limestone Way
• Village of Chelmorton
• Priest's Way
• Caves & Tunnel
• Deep Dale
• River Wye
• Chee Dale
• Monsal Trail
• Millers Dale
Finish: 4.30pm (eta)
Distance: 8.66 miles (13.93 Kilometers)
653.22 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point
[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point
Thirst House Cave, Deepdale
As always make sure you are prepared for this walk.
You will need:
• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - especially as its Winter now, where the ground can be wet and slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.
• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren’t recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.
• Waterproofs are essential as it is now Winter
• Hats & gloves - worthwhile to pack just in case
• Snacks, Sweets etc.
• Adequate water or soft drinks
As it's Winter the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it can also still be sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.
There are numerous places that I have highlighted above, that may be of interest for photos - So a camera may be worth while as an extra item to bring.
Sense of humour is essential!!
PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - we will stop along the route for Lunch, but please be self-sufficient for food/drink for the day before hand.
Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.00am
(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)
When I plan the route beforehand I have to calculate Winter daylight times for the safety of the group and benefit to you all.