|Walk:||The White Peak Way.
Day 1: Buxton, Staden, Cow Dale, King Sterndale, Deep Dale, Chee Dale, Wormhill, Peter Dale, Hay Dale, Dam Dale, Peak Forest, Oxhow Rake, Cave Dale, Castleton. 15.5 miles. (Part of the Midshires Way, Limestone Way and the Pennine Bridleway)
Day 2: Peak, Speedwell, Treak Cliff and Blue John Caverns, Winnats Head Farm, Mam Tor, Hollins Cross, Back Tor, Lose Hill, Townhead Bridge, Twitchill Farm, Win Hill, Thornhill, Shatton, Stepping Stones, Hathersage. 13 miles.
Day 3: Leadmill Bridge, Grindleford, Frogatt Edge, Curbar Edge, Baslow Edge, Baslow, Chatsworth Park, Edensor, Calton Pastures, Bakewell. 14 miles.
Day 4: Coombs Road and Farm, Rowsley, Congreave, Stanton in the Peak, Stanton Moor, Birchover, Robin Hood’s Stride, Youlgreave. 11.75 miles. (Part of the Limestone Way)
Day 5: Gratton Dale, Mouldridge Grange, High Peak Trail, Biggin, Biggin Dale, Milldale. 14.2 miles.
Day 6: Dovedale, Ilam, Rushley, Throwley Hall, Beeston Tor Farm, Wetton Mill, Gateham Grange, Narrow Dale, Beresford Dale, Reynard’s Lane, Hartington. 16.2 miles. (Part of the Manifold Trail and Hamps Way)
Day 7: Pilsbury, Crowdecote, Earl Sterndale, Brierlow Bar, Brierlow Dale, King Sterndale. 8.2 miles.
|Start Point:||Buxton, Derbyshire|
|Distance:||93 miles||Time Taken:||7 walking days|
|Weather:||Generally warm, sunny and dry. Apart from a wet first morning and last day. Excellent visibility.|
|Comments:||As in previous walks we booked through Contours. The White Peak Trail, although a long established route, is not waymarked, nor is it marked on OS maps. A Cicerone Guide written by Robert Haslam, was published in 1990, but is now out of print. Contours provided us with photocopies and we also had a secondhand copy. As originally envisaged, The White Peak Way was a route linking youth hostels. Sadly some of those have gone. Contours found us accommodation in B and Bs and pubs and it was of a very high standard. We booked a rest day after day 3 in Bakewell.
The walking was generally good and perhaps the most spectacular stages were on Days 2 and 3 when we travelled from Mam Tor to Win Hill and then walked the Edges to Baslow.
The limestone dales are much narrower than those in Yorkshire and in wet conditions with stones and tree roots can be very slippery and slow. Deep Dale and Chee Dale were certainly difficult in that respect on Day 1.
Navigation over the large expanse of Calton Pastures on Day 3 was a trial, but the only time we missed a turning was in the Manifold Valley when we “bypassed” Wetton and added a couple of miles to our day.
Chee Dale looking deceptively benign
Descending Cave Dale into Castleton with Peveril Castle up on the left
At the start of the ridge walk that would take us to Lose Hill
At the view finder on Lose Hill
Towards the end of what was the hardest climb of the week up Win Hill
Christine recovering after her dip in the Derwent
Looking north off Froggatt Edge. The view was well worth the climb!
The deer were in need of shade in Chatsworth Park
The Nine Ladies Stone circle was passed as we crossed Stanton Moor
Stile, but no wall or fence, in the middle of a field on the approach to Youlgreave
Something stuck in the boot. Troughs of Derbyshire
Vast skyscapes were a feature of the walk. This one was from the High Peak Trail,
overlooking Pike Hall
This was a puzzle. This path at Milldale (Not on our route) did not go along the valley by the River Dove, but instead went uphill!
Beautiful Dovedale as seen on a Monday. It would have been a lot busier on the weekend
At Ilam we joined the River Manifold
Near Narrow Dale we found this vehicle in need of a bit of tlc
The last day was wet but the views were atmospheric
How else could the Lancashire Cake to Cakers celebrate