New Year, New Challenges and New Walks Ahead.
Starting at Youlgreave Youth Hostel, this walk will take us North and through Lathkill Dale where we will pass a waterfall, several weirs and numerous caves as we walk in the wooded valley by the river Lathkill, then onwards onto Fern Dale and continuing onto the Limestone way crossing Cales Dale and heading easterly past calcite workings and Lomberdale hall before passing back through the village of Youlgreave and back to the start point where as usual there is a nice pub for a refreshing drink and chatter to finish with.
Lathkill Dale Waterfall
The route is mainly well trodden footpaths with some smaller parts of the circular route being minor roads. The 14 km's consist of 3 inclines over the day the first hill rises 60 metres over 1 mile, the 2nd hill incline, starts around the 6km point and rises over 2km's and climbs 80 metres, the 3rd hill is a shorter climb 700 metres in length and climbing 104 metres in height, this point we will of reached the 10.5 km point and from here we gradually walk down hill until we finish the walk back in Youlgreave by the hostel.
I would say this is for the average walker, as it is just under 9 miles and on different footings/terrain, with 3 main inclines overall.
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.
• Cairn Circle
• Lathkill Dale
• Lathkill River
• Fern Dale
• Limestone Way
• Cales Dale
• Lomberdale Hall
Finish: 4.00pm (eta)
Distance: 8.78 miles (14.14 Kilometers)
538.71 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point
[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point
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
• Torch for looking in the caves (optional)
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 10.15am
(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.