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Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye

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Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye
Author: mumnpets, Published: 14 Nov 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guidestar1 Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guidestar1 Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guidestar1 Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guidestar1 Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guide
Derbyshire, White Peak
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guide boot Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk from Bakewell heading north along the Monsal Trail to Hassop Station, then along a bridle path to reach the River Wye where you follow the river's banks back to the town of Bakewell. Bakewell is an attractive market town which lies within the Peak District National Park, it has many attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafés and its location on the River Wye make it a hugely popular destination for tourists. Bakewell is best known for a confection which was originally made by mistake! In the 19th century a cook at a local inn was baking a jam tart but misunderstood the recipe and so Bakewell Pudding was created. The ancient five arched bridge leads you over the river to the town centre and upstream from this is the ancient packhorse bridge near Holme Hall, both of which we see on this walk. The town also has The Old House Museum which is located near the church, it occupies one of the oldest buildings in Bakewell and dates back to 1543. Bakewell has one of the oldest markets in the area, dating from at least 1300 and markets are still held here every Monday.

On this walk you will go through several gates, over one stile and descend a couple a flights of wooden steps. Some sections of the bridle way and river side paths could be muddy after wet weather. The appropriate Map for this walk is OL 24 White Peak area.

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 Hassop Station
Start to Hassop Station

Start point: 53.2173 lat, -1.6684 long
End point: 53.2314 lat, -1.676 long

From the car park walk to the left of the railway buildings and turn left onto the Monsal Trail. Follow the Monsal Trail for 1 mile to reach the old Hassop Station.

Hassop Station to Left Turn
Hassop Station to Left Turn

Start point: 53.2314 lat, -1.676 long
End point: 53.2335 lat, -1.6811 long

Picnic tables are sited on the right just before reaching the station. The old station buildings now contain a book shop, gift shop and a cafe and toilets are also available here. From The old Station continue to follow the trail for ¼ of a mile and on reaching a waymarker (signed Public Bridleway) turn left to go through a small wooden gate.

Left Turn to Gate into Woods
Left Turn to Gate into Woods

Start point: 53.2335 lat, -1.6811 long
End point: 53.2193 lat, -1.6813 long

Follow this track for ¾ of a mile gently uphill at first then downhill, passing through five large wooden gates(ignoring all side gates). This section is often muddy after wet weather. On reaching the sixth large wooden gate, go through passing to the left of a small pond. The spire of Bakewell church can be seen in the valley below. Follow the path down the centre of the field to reach a gate in a stone wall.

Gate into Woods to Gate onto Meadow
Gate into Woods to Gate onto Meadow

Start point: 53.2193 lat, -1.6813 long
End point: 53.2178 lat, -1.6777 long

Go through the gate and follow the path downhill through the trees. As the path veers left you will pass some old industrial buildings on the left. Continue downhill and, as you reach the bottom, turn right walking between stone buildings to reach the road. There is a plaque on the wall of the cottage on the right which informs you that Richard Arkwright junior lived here in 1778 until 1792. He was the son of Richard Arkwright who had a thriving cotton mill in the area. The River Wye and an ancient packhorse bridge are now in front of you. Do NOT cross the bridge, instead turn left walking along the road for 200 metres to reach a small wooden gate in the wall on the right.

Gate onto Meadow to Gate to Road
Gate onto Meadow to Gate to Road

Start point: 53.2178 lat, -1.6777 long
End point: 53.2147 lat, -1.6724 long

Follow the path diagonally across the meadow heading towards the river. When the path reaches a wall ahead, ignore a gate and steps to the road and instead pass through a gate to continue across a further meadow towards the bridge.

Gate to Road to Left Turn
Gate to Road to Left Turn

Start point: 53.2147 lat, -1.6724 long
End point: 53.2141 lat, -1.6676 long

Exit the meadow via a metal gate (taking care as this leads to a narrow path beside the very busy road). If you wish to visit the town, turn right over the bridge, otherwise, to continue, cross the road and turn left walking past car parks on the right. Bear right to walk down Coombs Road for 300 metres. As the road bends around to the right and at the end of a row of houses, cross the road to go through a metal gate on the left (a sign “The Outrake” is on the gate).

Left Turn to Gate on Left
Left Turn to Gate on Left

Start point: 53.2141 lat, -1.6676 long
End point: 53.215 lat, -1.6636 long

Follow the track uphill and, as the track splits, turn right through a small wooden gate.

Continue to follow the path with a wall close on the right. As this track bends left, continue straight ahead keeping the wall on the right to reach a stile in the right-hand field corner. Cross the stile and a stone bridge and, at the end of the bridge, turn left through a small wooden gate.

Gate on Left to End
Gate on Left to End

Start point: 53.215 lat, -1.6636 long
End point: 53.2173 lat, -1.6684 long

Go down two flights of wooden steps to reach the Monsal Trail. Turn right and follow the trail for a short distance then turn left to reach the car park and the end of the walk.

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1 responses to "Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye"

A nice walk easy paths with a few muddy spots.

By shoewall on 2015-03-10 15:24:17

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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Picnic tables just before reaching Hassop Station
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A view from Bridal Path
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Looking back down the Bridal Path
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Looking back to Bakewell Church
3787_4mumnpets1415744450 Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guide Image by: mumnpets
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The River Wye
3787_0mumnpets1415746804 Bakewell, Hassop and the River Wye Walking Guide Image by: mumnpets
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Plaque on cottage wall.

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