NEW EDITION AUGUST 2019
Walks South Peak District
Author: Richard Hallewell
Rewalked by Richard Hallewell & Becky Coope
Sprained knees and unexpected snowfalls have meant that the rewalking of this guide has been spread over two years. There have been a number of changes to the routes since the guide was written. Most dramatically, the old railway tunnels below Monsal Head have been opened to walkers and cyclists, and that is now reflected in the description of the circuit there. Also, there has been some re-landscaping below the dam at Fernilee Reservoir, and that has changed the description, while work has been done improving the path around Tittesworth Reservoir. That apart, most of the changes have been attempts to bring the descriptions of the various routes around Bakewell and the splendid Chatsworth House up to date, and to make them easier to follow – not easy, given the number of criss-crossing paths in the wooded hills and farmland in the area.
This is one of Britain’s most popular walking areas. Apart from Chatsworth, highlights include the dramatic cliff-top walk above Matlock Bath, Thor’s Cave, Dovedale (see left) and the rocky ridge of the Roaches. These aside, this is a beautiful place to visit; a mass of rounded hills, narrow dales and exposed, rocky edges. The routes described give a good introduction to the area, but a look at the 1:25,000 OS map will provide walkers with plenty more routes to enjoy.
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