A Taste of the
Good Peak District walk, Derbyshire walk, Wormhill, Miller's Dale and the Monsal Trail from Topley Pike near Buxton …
A pleasant medium distance walk near Bakewell.
This circuit takes in the spectacular Chee Tor and Chee Dale sections of the Wye valley where you have the choice of following the easy Monsal Trail via the Chee Tor Tunnel or the valley path with the famous stepping stones section. The latter is often flooded during times of wet weather.
Maps - White Peak
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Parking is available at Topley Pike or Miller's Dale station. We prefer the former as it leaves the best section of the walk until last. From the Topley Pike parking area, drop down into Blackwell Halt down a short section of the Pennine Bridleway. From the cottages, take the path along the left bank of the Wye. This soon leads you under the railway viaduct and zig-zags uphill as a grassy track, bringing you out at Mosley Farm above Chee Dale.
From Mosley Farm you can either take the minor road (better views over the Tunstead Quarry workings) or the bridleway parallel to the road. Shortly after a row of cottages, take the bridleway that takes you east into Wormhill, passing Old Hall Farm. Turn right along the road and fairly soon pick up the bridleway that takes you to a minor road at the junction of Peter Dale and Monk's Dale. Turn right and follow the road for half a mile or so uphill to the crossroad by Monksdale House. Take the track on the right (part of the Limestone Way) which drops you into Miller's Dale.
Carefully follow the main road westwards and take the turn off to Miller's Dale Station where you can pick up the Monsal Trail back to Blackwell Halt where you can rejoin the path back to the parking.
Disclaimer - this is a brief outline, you should work out the full route for yourself using a map before setting off. Make sure that you and your party are suitably equipped and are fit enough.
Accommodation in the nearby area.
BEST WESTERN Lee Wood Hotel, Hotel Buxton - North West of the Peak District
Barceló Buxton Palace Hotel, Hotel, B&B, Buxton - NW of the Peak District
Built in 1868, this magnificent building is full of heritage combined with contemporary comforts - a landmark in the heart of the Peak District. It's magnificent exterior ... More
information or visit Barceló Buxton Palace Hotel web
Victoria Lodge, Self-Catering, Buxton - NW of the Peak District sleeps 4 to 16
Jericho Farm - Poppies Court, Self-Catering, Earl Sterndale, Buxton - NW of the Peak District sleeps 1,2,3,4
These quality and characterful barn conversions are set in striking "White Peak" scenery and each enjoys one of the most breathtaking views in the Peak Park, across to the jagged and dramatic ... More
information or visit Jericho Farm - Poppies Court web
Total number of accommodation listings: 4
Local points of interest
Blackwell Halt - the name of a very small railway station on the Midland Railway line (axed in 1966 during the Beeching cuts). There are some railway cottages nearby plus the weir from Blackwell Mill. It is also the name of a sports climbing venue with mid grade (6a to 6c) routes. See http://www.sportsclimbs.co.uk/mainpages/peak/Blackwell%20Halt.htm
Tunstead - the birthplace of the celebrated engineer James Brindley. He is best known for his involvement with the Bridgewater Canal but there was more to him than that.
Chee Dale - Steep sided gorge along which the Derbyshire river Wye flows. Renowned for some tough sports climbing routes but there is also plenty of mid grade trad climbing on limestone to be found. The footpath along the side of the river is superb. The alternative route through the Dale is the Monsal Trail.
Wormhill - Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Wormhill is one of the many Peak District settlements with even earlier roots, the name is thought to be Anglo-Saxon in origin. It is nicely kept and has a memorial to canal engineer James Brindley and a set of stocks. Whilst you are in the village, it is worth adding an extra few hundred yards to your walk taking a look at the church as it has an unusual tower built in a Saxon 'helm' style during the 19th century and perhaps copied from a church in Sussex. The west wall of the tower has a 13th century window and the building is Grade II listed by English Heritage. http://www.andrewspages.dial.pipex.com/dby/kelly/wormhill.htm
Monk's Dale - A quiet and unfrequented National Nature Reserve accessible from Miller's Dale. There is an information panel at the start of the path that descends into the dale. The walk is extremely varied as it takes you through farmland, a typical limestone valley with small crags and scree slopes and a delightful stretch of ancient woodland. It can be used as an alternative to the Limestone Way section of the walk which can be a bit of a nightmare during the winter months as it is a favourite route for 4x4 drivers and trail bikers who like to create deep ruts in the British countryside whenever they can.
Miller's Dale Station and Viaducts - Standing imposingly above the valley and the buildings of Miller's Dale, the twin viaducts of the former Midland Railway line can be seen. The Monsal Trail is carried by one of them. The station was quite large, considering its remote location and was referred to in the Flanders and Swann protest song 'Slow Train', lamenting the loss of significant portions of the British railway services in the Beeching cuts.