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Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures

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Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures
Author: Marie Prime, Published: 07 Nov 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pasturesstar1 Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pasturesstar1 Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pasturesstar1 Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pasturesstar0 Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures
Derbyshire, White Peak
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures boot Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures boot Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures boot Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures
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A 5 mile circular walk from Bakewell which heads out along the Monsal Trail, up over farmland on the Haddon Hall Estate, along the edge of the Chatsworth House estate and steeply down through mixed woodland back to your starting point. Bakewell has one of the oldest markets in the area, dating from at least 1300. The first recorded fair was held in 1254. Markets are still held every Monday and, unlike most of the other local centres, there is still a thriving livestock market. Bakewell has lots to offer and holds many events throughout the year including well dressings, the Bakewell Show (two days in early August), Carnival Week and an Arts Festival. Bakewell has a Museum, housed in one of the few genuinely medieval buildings of the area, it also has a variety of shops and places to eat and is famous for its Bakewell pudding. The Monsal Trail was the former London-Midland railway which linked St Pancras and Manchester,the line was completed in 1863 and closed about a century later in 1968 by the transport minister (Barbara Castle) and not as part of the notorious 'Beeching Cuts'. The building of the Original Midland Railway line was not welcomed by the Dukes of Devonshire and Rutland since it was to pass close to their Derbyshire residences (Devonshire refused to let the line be routed through Chatsworth Park and Rutland refused a line up the Wye Valley through Haddon Hall lands). Rutland compromised and the line was screened from Haddon using a tunnel.

On this walk you will need to negotiate some very steep uphill sections, several gates, a couple of stiles, a very steep downhill section and a couple of flights of steps. Some sections can be muddy after wet weather and some sections are rocky underfoot. Public toilets and refreshments can be found in Bakewell centre, approximately 0.5 miles from the car park.

Bakewell sits 13 miles east of Chesterfield on the A619. Follow the A619 until you almost reach Bakewell and, before you reach Bakewell bridge, turn left onto Station Road (B6408). Follow this road uphill until you reach the Monsal Trail car park (pay and display) on the right.

Alternatively, if you are coming from the Matlock direction, leave Matlock on the A6 passing the railway station and Sainsburys on the left to reach a roundabout. Take the exit signed Buxton Manchester. Follow the A6 all the way to Bakewell and at the roundabout in the town centre take the exit onto the A619 Chesterfield-Sheffield route, crossing Bakewell bridge. Turn right and drive up Station Road to the car-park.

Post code for Station Road is DE45 1GE.

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Walk Sections

Start to Coombs Road
Start to Coombs Road

Start point: 53.2173 lat, -1.6685 long
End point: 53.2079 lat, -1.6568 long

From the car park walk towards and around the railway buildings to reach the Monsal Trail. Turn right (signed Bakewell via Coombs Road) and follow the trail for ¾ of a mile. As you reach the end of the trail turn right down a slope to reach Coombs Road.

Coombs Road to Wooden Gate on Right
Coombs Road to Wooden Gate on Right

Start point: 53.2079 lat, -1.6568 long
End point: 53.2044 lat, -1.6581 long

Turn left and, just before reaching a rail bridge, turn right up a track signed as a public bridleway. Follow this track gently uphill for 400 metres and, as you reach a sign denoting the road ahead is private, turn right through a wooden gate signed again as a public bridleway.

Wooden Gate on Right to Minor Road
Wooden Gate on Right to Minor Road

Start point: 53.2044 lat, -1.6581 long
End point: 53.1997 lat, -1.6576 long

Follow the grassy path for 500 metres. The path veers slightly left passing a wooden fenced enclosure which contains an ancient ash tree. It has been protected by the Haddon Hall estate as is it home to many species including bats, birds, insects and fungi. Continue until you reach a wooden gate to a minor road. The River Wye is down on the right.

Minor Road to Farmland
Minor Road to Farmland

Start point: 53.1997 lat, -1.6576 long
End point: 53.1984 lat, -1.6535 long

At the minor road turn left and follow this uphill for approximately 500 metres, ignoring a track off to the left. Just after a steep hairpin bend, and as you reach a sign denoting private no public access, turn right through a wooden gate into farmland signed public bridle road.

Farmland to Path into Woods
Farmland to Path into Woods

Start point: 53.1984 lat, -1.6535 long
End point: 53.1993 lat, -1.6361 long

Follow this grassy path as it bends right with a metal fence close on the right. Go through a wooden gate and continue along the edge of the field, passing through a gap in a hedge until you pass through a wooden gate at the side of a large tree. Turn left and after a short distance join with a minor farm road. Continue straight ahead passing Bowling Green Farm. On reaching a T-junction turn left to continue gently uphill, there is now a great view back down the valley towards Bakewell.

As you reach a fork in the road ignore the wide gated track off to the right and turn left and then almost immediatley right at a signed bridle path to Chatsworth (passing an anti-vehicle gate). Follow the path into the woods.

Path into Woods to Green Sign
Path into Woods to Green Sign

Start point: 53.1993 lat, -1.6361 long
End point: 53.2027 lat, -1.6359 long

Follow this path steeply uphill (some sections are muddy and rocky) for ½ a mile to join on a wider path. Turn left here to continue more gently uphill. On reaching a green Haddon Hall Estate sign, turn right to continue steeply uphill through the woods.

Green Sign to Exit from Woods
Green Sign to Exit from Woods

Start point: 53.2027 lat, -1.6359 long
End point: 53.2086 lat, -1.6387 long

At the top, as the path levels off, turn right and pass through two stone gate posts. This area can be muddy after rain. Turn left along the path following the blue arrow marker posts. At the second marker post, just before reaching a fence, turn right to follow a broken wall on the left and you will come to a wall ladder stile. Cross this and you now have far reaching views over to the Hunting Tower on the Chatsworth estate and further still to Birchen Edge.

Exit from Woods to Copse Gate
Exit from Woods to Copse Gate

Start point: 53.2086 lat, -1.6387 long
End point: 53.2156 lat, -1.6511 long

Turn left (marked with a yellow arrow) and follow a wire fence close on the left. As the fence ends, veer very slightly right to follow the path across the field heading for a gate and stile. Cross the stile and continue over the next field to reach a gate just before a copse of trees.

Copse Gate to Stream Crossing
Copse Gate to Stream Crossing

Start point: 53.2156 lat, -1.6511 long
End point: 53.2156 lat, -1.656 long

Go through the gate and bear left, passing the end of the copse of trees on the right. Head downhill passing under the power lines to reach a small wooden gate. Go through the gate and enter the woodland following the path steeply downhill. As the path crosses the stream, ignore a path off to the left and bear right to continue steeply downhill. (This path could be slippery after rain and is rocky underfoot).

Stream Crossing to Warning Bell
Stream Crossing to Warning Bell

Start point: 53.2156 lat, -1.656 long
End point: 53.2148 lat, -1.6613 long

At the bottom, as you leave the woods, follow the path across the golf course making sure you ring the bell to warn golfers of your presence.

Warning Bell to End
Warning Bell to End

Start point: 53.2148 lat, -1.6613 long
End point: 53.2173 lat, -1.6686 long

Enter a fenced path and, just before it crosses the bridge, turn right through a small wooden gate. Go down a couple of flights of wooden steps to reach the Monsal Trail. Turn right and retrace your steps from the outward route to return to the car park.

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2 comments for "Bakewell, the Monsal Trail and Calton Pastures"

Another good walk. The 4 boot marking may put some off but I think its more a 3 boot, the descent needs taking with care but otherwise very good and well worth it.

By cobrakit on 16 Feb 2016

A great walk. The directions were spot on and despite being after heavy rain the paths were all passable. Not sure if this is a four booter, but as my first try using this app I have nothing to compare.

By fowler1967 on 28 Mar 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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