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Explore Derbyshire's White Peak with a Cicerone guidebook

Cover of White Peak Walks: The Southern Dales
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Reprinted
Published
3 Oct 2017
ISBN
9781852845186
Edition
Second
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
290g
Pages
208
1st Published
18 Sep 2009
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White Peak Walks: The Southern Dales

30 walks in Derbyshire and Staffordshire

by Mark Richards
Book published by Cicerone Press

This guide to walking the southern dales of the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park, between Ashbourne, Matlock, Buxton and Leek. 30 easy circular routes cross the high plateau and visit the dales, following the Dove, Manifold and Hamps rivers. One of two Cicerone guides to the White Peak.

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Description

This guide explores the southern dales of the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. 30 walks are included in this guide, between 3 and 9 miles long. From the grounds of Ilam Hall, down through the old railway trackbed of Manifold Trail and such sights as Thor's Cave along the route, the southern section of the White Peak offers variety and beauty and is waiting to be explored.

The White Peak is the name given to the rocky southern area of the Peak District, for its pale underlying limestone. The result is a landscape of escarpments, heather moorlands, wooded valleys and the roll of hillsides and plateaux. Idyllic villages dot the walks with pubs standing by for refreshing walkers after a good White Peak walk. 

This guide covers the southern section of the White Peak, divided from the northern by the High Peak Trail between Buxton and the Cromford Canal near Matlock. The guide not only provides clear route descriptions for all 30 walks, but practical information on transport to and around the area, history of the region and information on the Peak District National Park. The guide helps change a simple walk into a memorable one, with insights into the places and sights of interest along the way.

  • Each walk is illustrated with OS maps to guide the way.
  • Walks can be shortened, or added together to create longer itineraries according to the desires of the walker
  • Beautiful colour photography is throughout the guide.

The companion guide to this book is the White Peak Walks: The Northern Dales

  • Activities
    day walking
  • Seasons
    The exquisite beauty of this landscape is fringed by and adorned with a multitude of wild flowers in spring and summer. Although modern clothing and equipment enable you to experience the thrill of wilder weather, responsible walker should seek to minimise their impact especially on heavily worn paths in the wetter seasons.
  • Centres
    Castleton, Hope, Bradwell, Hathersage, Baslow, Tideswell, Bakewell, Buxton, Monyash, Youlgrave, Winster, Matlock Spa and Cromford.
  • Difficulty
    easy, circular walks on good paths, well waymarked, between 3 and 10 miles long, easy to combine into longer routes - simple country walking with the odd citrus twist in the limestone dales! Modern walking boots will give good protection in such stony situations and walking poles lend reassurance in descent.
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Contents

Contents
Introduction
Bronze Age to barn conversions
From protests to the Park Authority
Walking in the White Peak
The Southern Dales
What to take
Local services and transport
Using this guide
The Walks
Walk 1 Dove Head and Washgate
Walk 2 Morridge and Upper Elkstone
Walk 3 Mixon and Butterton
Walk 4 Revidge
Walk 5 Manifold Track and Ecton Hill
Walk 6 Hoo Brook, Swainsley, Wettonmill and Ladyside Wood
Walk 7 Manifold Track and Waterfall
Walk 8 Manifold Track, Beeston Tor and Waterfall
Walk 9 Thor's Cave, Wettonmill, Pepper Hall and Wetton Hill
Walk 10 Bincliff
Walk 11 Manifold Track and Throwley Moor
Walk 12 Ilam and Upper Musden
Walk 13 Hollinsclough Moor, Washgate Bridge and Hollins Hill
Walk 14 Parkhouse Hill, Chrome Hill and Dowel Dale
Walk 15 High Wheeldon and Pilsbury Castle
Walk 16 Sheen, Pilsbury Castle and Carder Low
Walk 17 Beresford Dale, Wolfscote Dale and Biggin Dale
Walk 18 High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail
Walk 19 High Peak Trail, Aleck Low and Tissington Trail
Walk 20 Tissington Trail, Biggin Dale and the Dove
Walk 21 Narrowdale, Wolfscote Dale and Milldale
Walk 22 Four Peakland Peaks
Walk 23 Shining Tor, Hanson Grange and Hall Dale
Walk 24 The Eastern Edge of Dove Dale
Walk 25 Dove Dale, Ilam Rock, Air Cottage and Bunster Hill
Walk 26 Thorpe Cloud and Thorpe
Walk 27 Tissington Trail, Thorpe and Mapleton
Walk 28 Tissington Trail and Parwich
Walk 29 High Peak Trail and Roystone Grange
Walk 30 Harborough Rocks, High Peak Trail, Roystone and Ballidon
 
Appendix 1 Route summary table
Appendix 2 Recommended reading
Appendix 3 Useful contacts
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