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Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular

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Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular
Author: mumnpets, Published: 20 Nov 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular Walking Guidestar1 Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular Walking Guidestar1 Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular Walking Guidestar1 Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular Walking Guidestar0 Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular Walking Guide
Derbyshire, White Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular Walking Guide boot Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular Walking Guide
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An easy walk descending from the pretty village of Youlgreave to the valley in which the River Bradford flows, returning via farm land and a further section along the river.

Youlgreave or Youlgrave is a quiet, peaceful village, now mainly devoted to farming, but was once one of the centres of the Derbyshire lead-mining industry. Many different spellings are used on different local signposts and on different maps. The village lies within the Derbyshire Peak District, lying on the River Bradford. There are a number of historic buildings in the village, such as Old Hall Farm (1630), Thimble Hall and The Old Hall (c1650). In the centre of the market place is a large circular water tank known locally as ‘The Fountain’. Since 1829 this supplied water to the villagers, initially at an annual charge of 6d. It was built following a campaign by the ‘Friendly Society of Women’, who demanded a cleaner, healthier and more efficient supply of water than carrying the water up from Bradford Dale. Youlgreave holds well-dressings towards the end of June. These are in celebration of the setting-up of The Fountain in 1829. The village dresses five wells, all of which are centred on The Fountain. The 18th century Thimble Hall stands behind the water tower, it was originally a one-up, one-down cottage with a ladder for a staircase; no bathroom or kitchen nor even running water and was said to have been home to a family of eight around a hundred years ago. It was last occupied as a dwelling in the early 1930s. The parish church of All Saints which stands tall in the centre of the village is one of the largest of the peak district and is Norman in origin it was built around 1130-1150 A.D but has had many alterations over time.

On this walk you will encounter a couple of gates, several squeeze stiles, a steep flight of metal steps and three bridges. Some sections, especially those over the fields, can be muddy after wet weather but generally the paths are of good quality and easy to follow. Many of the fields will be holding livestock so take care with dogs.

From the A6 Matlock to Buxton road take the B5056 for the village. The address to use to navigate to the start of the walk is Main Street, Youlgreave, Derbyshire, DE45 1UW. The car park at Coldwell End is on the western side of the village and has a charge of £2 payable via an honesty box (correct Nov 2014).

By Public Transport: Hulley’s 171 service from Bakewell runs hourly via Youlgreave.

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Walk Sections

Start to Holywell Lane
Start to Holywell Lane

Start point: 53.1733 lat, -1.6948 long
End point: 53.1747 lat, -1.6877 long

From the car park turn left and follow the road for approximately 500 metres back through the village. This is a narrow road and can be busy with traffic, so take care and use the provided walking route inside the white line. As you reach a road on the right (signed for the village hall) take this and as the road splits keep right into Holywell Lane.

Holywell Lane to Clapper Bridge
Holywell Lane to Clapper Bridge

Start point: 53.1747 lat, -1.6877 long
End point: 53.1726 lat, -1.689 long

Follow the road down past the village hall (on the left) and the public toilets (on the right). Continue steeply downhill until you reach and cross a stone clapper bridge.

Clapper Bridge to Sheep Wash
Clapper Bridge to Sheep Wash

Start point: 53.1726 lat, -1.689 long
End point: 53.1669 lat, -1.7037 long

Go through a metal gate at the end of the bridge and turn right. Follow this path with the river on the right for ¾ of a mile, passing through one gate and ignoring a bridge on the right. On this section you will see several crystal clear pools and dams which are marked by distinctive metal sluice gates. Small weirs carry the water from one pool to another. In the pools you can see trout meandering through the water vegetation and much bird life can be seen along the river.

As the path bends right you will have a stone wall on the left. These walls surround an ancient sheep wash area and if you look carefully in the wall you will see a poem carved in the stone blocks. At the end of the wall and as the path starts to go uphill, take a path off to the left with stone wall close on the right.

Sheep Wash to Flight of Metal Steps
Sheep Wash to Flight of Metal Steps

Start point: 53.1669 lat, -1.7037 long
End point: 53.1663 lat, -1.7016 long

Follow this path and, after a short distance, cross a water culvert via a stone slab. Continue to follow the path and as the path bends left, cross a narrow bridge. The path continues, veering right (note: this path is often muddy after wet weather). You will soon reach a steep flight of metal steps. Climb these and go through a small wooden gate at the top.

Flight of Metal Steps to Squeeze Stile
Flight of Metal Steps to Squeeze Stile

Start point: 53.1663 lat, -1.7016 long
End point: 53.1664 lat, -1.6976 long

Turn right (a sign on a tree says to Youlgrave), and follow the line of trees. As you reach the meadow ignore a path off to the right that crosses the brook, instead continue to follow the path as it bends left (again this stretch can be muddy after wet weather) climbing up a short grassy bank. As you reach a fork, ignore the right-hand path and continue walking gently uphill to reach a squeeze stile in the wall ahead.

Squeeze Stile to Tree Line Gap
Squeeze Stile to Tree Line Gap

Start point: 53.1664 lat, -1.6976 long
End point: 53.1686 lat, -1.6933 long

Cross the next field passing a ruined building up on the left to go through a gated squeeze stile. Cross the next field straight ahead to a squeeze stile at the side of a large tree (again muddy here). Continue, passing through a gap in a line of trees to reach a squeeze stile. You now have a view of Youlgreave Church.

Tree Line Gap to Small Holding
Tree Line Gap to Small Holding

Start point: 53.1686 lat, -1.6933 long
End point: 53.1721 lat, -1.6883 long

Follow the obvious path across the next four fields passing through further gated squeeze stiles and passing a dilapidated farm building on the right. As the path reaches a fenced small holding, ignore a path off to the left but continue forward passing through a gated squeeze stile.

Small Holding to Clapper Bridge
Small Holding to Clapper Bridge

Start point: 53.1721 lat, -1.6883 long
End point: 53.1728 lat, -1.6825 long

Follow the path high above the valley heading towards the end of a row of houses. The path here veers left and you follow this down to the river, passing through a small gate and squeeze stile. Cross the stone clapper bridge and turn left through a gate.

Clapper Bridge to Swimming Pool
Clapper Bridge to Swimming Pool

Start point: 53.1728 lat, -1.6825 long
End point: 53.1732 lat, -1.6854 long

Follow the path beside the river for approximately 400 metres, ignoring a path that goes steeply up on the right and passing a designated swimming area.

Swimming Pool to Holywell Lane
Swimming Pool to Holywell Lane

Start point: 53.1732 lat, -1.6854 long
End point: 53.1732 lat, -1.6888 long

Continue and then take the next path on the right which veers off up towards a white cottage. Go through the squeeze stile onto the lane, Holywell Lane.

Holywell lane to End
Holywell lane to End

Start point: 53.1732 lat, -1.6888 long
End point: 53.1732 lat, -1.6948 long

This is the lane you followed on the outward journey. From here you will be re- tracing your steps back to the car park. Follow the lane uphill passing the public toilets on the left and village hall on the right. Turning left back through the village and continue to the car park.

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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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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
A metal sluice gate
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Riverside Path
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Poem carved in stone blocks
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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Narrow bridge
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Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Sign on tree

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