White Peak Walks: The Northern Dales
35 walks in the Derbyshire White Peak
This guidebook describes 35 circular walks cross the gritstone uplands and moors in the northern dales of the White Peak between Edale, Matlock and Buxton, in the middle of the Peak District National Park. Routes explore Bakewell and the Wye and its tributary dales. One of two Cicerone guides to the White Peak.
SeasonsThe 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.
CentresCastleton, Hope, Bradwell, Hathersage, Baslow, Tideswell, Bakewell, Buxton, Monyash, Youlgrave, Winster, Matlock Spa and Cromford
Difficultyeasy, circular walks on good paths, well waymarked, between 3 and 8 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.
This guide explores the northern dales of the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. 35 walks are included in this guide, between 3 and 9 miles long. From Castleton and Winnats Pass gorge, down to Lathkill Dale and Matlock Spa, the northern 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 northern section of the White Peak, divided from the southern by the High Peak Trail between Buxton and the Cromford Canal near Matlock. The guide not only provides clear route descriptions for all 35 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 Southern Dales.
Bronze Age to barn conversions
From protests to the Park Authority
Walking in the White Peak
The Northern Dales
What to take
Local services and transport
Using this guide
Walk 1 Eldon Hole and Oxlow Rake
Walk 2 Four Caverns Trail
Walk 3 Lose Hill, Castleton and Navio Roman Fort
Walk 4 Bradwell Moor
Walk 5 Bradwell Edge, Abney and Bretton
Walk 6 Eyam Moor and Offerton Moor
Walk 7 Eyam Edge and Foolow
Walk 8 Deep Rake, Coombs Dale and the Derwent
Walk 9 Grinlow and Axe Edge
Walk 10 Woo Dale, King Sterndale and Thurst House Cave
Walk 11 Chee Dale and Blackwell
Walk 12 Churn Hole, Chelmorton and Deep Dale
Walk 13 Hay Dale
Walk 14 Monsal Trail, Chee Dale, Wormhill and Monk's Dale
Walk 15 Litton Mill, Monsal Trail, Limestone Way and Tideswell
Walk 16 Cressbrook Dale
Walk 17 Monsal Trail, Water-cum-Jolly and Brushfield
Walk 18 Brushfield Hough, Priestcliffe and Taddington
Walk 19 Deep Dale, Magpie Mine and Shacklow Wood
Walk 20 Monsal Head, Monsal Dale and Shacklow Wood
Walk 21 Calton Pastures, Coombs valley and the Monsal Trail
Walk 22 Chatsworth Park, Edensor and Rowsley
Walk 23 Taddington and Flagg
Walk 24 High Peak Trail and Flagg
Walk 25 Lathkill Head and One Ash Grange, with Arbor Low
Walk 26 Calling Low, Cales Dale, Lathkill Dale and Meadow Place Grange
Walk 27 Lower Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale
Walk 28 Kenslow Knoll
Walk 29 Bradford Dale and Harthill Moor
Walk 30 Gratton Dale, Smerill Grange and Long Dale
Walk 31 Stanton Moor and Rowtor Rocks
Walk 32 Bonsall Moor
Walk 33 High Tor and the Heights of Abraham
Walk 34 Masson Hill
Walk 35 Black Rocks and Cromford
Appendix 1 Route summary table
Appendix 2 Recommended reading
Appendix 3 Useful contacts
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Wanting to give an in depth summary of the White Peak Walks guides, I got on the web one rainy Saturday and did some research. Cicerone, ‘a British Publisher specialising in guidebooks from walkers, climbers and cyclists...’ Great, a British concern. Good on ‘em.
The next info to be gathered was on the author. Mark Richards. He’s a Lakeland man, keen walker, photographer and even has his own slot on BBC radio Cumbria, talking about fellwalking.
As seems to be universal with these guides, the layout is slick, presentation immaculate and book’s structure solid enough to stick in your sack.
The routes are quite chilled out affairs, up to 16km across mostly undulating countryside. If you’re in a similar position to me, needing to take the nipper out to give mum a rest, or entertaining city slicker friends, these are perfect.
All in all I’d say these books are well worth the £12.95 asking price. I’ll be heading out with the youth to try a few of them. Hope to see you out there too!’
(AMI News, December 2009)
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In 1980 Mark Richards began his three-part guide to the Peak District for Cicerone Press, and in 1987, with Chris Wright, wrote a guide to walking around the former county of Westmorland. He now lives in Cumbria and, after 14 years' dedicated research, has completed his series of Lakeland Fellranger guides covering the entire region. He has also written a guide to Hadrian's Wall.View Articles and Books by Mark Richards