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Moor Lane, Cales Dale and Lathkill Dale

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Moor Lane, Cales Dale and Lathkill Dale
Author: mumnpets, Published: 02 Dec 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Derbyshire, White Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Moor Lane, Cales Dale and Lathkill Dale
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A varied circular walk crossing farmland to descend into the valley at Cales Dale and then following the pretty river along Lathkill Dale. Lathkill Dale is one of our country's finest limestone valleys. It is a steep sided valley which is flanked by limestone cliffs and along which the crystal clear River Lathkill runs. The dale is rich in ancient woodland and was once heavily mined for lead. You can see the remains of this industry along the route and, if you wish, you can explore the ruin of Bateman’s House, including an old shaft. Much of the river and sections of the river valley, fall within the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. Among the species that thrive here are brown trout, dipper, and the rare wild plant Jacob's Ladder.

On this walk you will cross several types of stiles (wall, fence, squeeze) and go through several gates/kissing gates. Some sections of farmland could contain livestock (both sheep and cattle) and may be muddy after wet weather. You will need to negotiate a very steep flight of stone steps which could be slippery after wet weather. The path along the first half of the dale is narrow and rocky in places and follows the river very closely, meaning some sections could be flooded after heavy rain. The section of path that runs between two stone walls at Meadow Place Grange Farm is very muddy most of the time as this is used daily by cattle. Toilets and refreshments are available in the village of Youlgreave or in the centre of the nearby town of Bakewell.

The walk starts from the small car park and picnic site at Moor Lane, near Youlgreave.

From Bakewell: At the roundabout in the town centre follow the A6 for 2 miles then turn right onto the B5056 signed for Ashbourne and Youlgreave. Follow this road for just over 2 miles passing through Alport and on through Youlgreave. Pass the church on the left and continue for a short distance through the village. Take the next road on the right (at the large water tower). This is Moor Lane a single track lane that is quite narrow. Follow the road for just over 1 mile and the car park is located on the left.

The nearest postcode DE45 1LW is for the Long Rake Spar Co Ltd which is located about a 1/4 of a mile from the car park.

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Walk Sections

Start to Gate into Woods
Start to Gate into Woods

Start point: 53.1772 lat, -1.7133 long
End point: 53.1804 lat, -1.7262 long

Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance, turn left and after a short distance cross the main road to go through a squeeze stile and gate (signed Limestone Way). Cross the field bearing diagonally left to go over a wall stile and cross the corner of the next field to a further wall stile and gate. Veer left over the next field to go through a small wooden gate. Cross the end of the next field heading for a gate into a small wood.

Gate into Woods to Gate in Wall
Gate into Woods to Gate in Wall

Start point: 53.1804 lat, -1.7262 long
End point: 53.1823 lat, -1.7316 long

Follow the path through Moor Lane Woods (this can be muddy!) for 150 yards, keeping a wall on the right. Go through a gate on the right. Cross the next field heading to the right of Calling Low Farm to pass through a gate in the wall. Follow the waymarker posts across the next field to reach another gate in the wall.

Gate in Wall to Steep Steps
Gate in Wall to Steep Steps

Start point: 53.1823 lat, -1.7316 long
End point: 53.1841 lat, -1.7421 long

Follow the path through the small wood and go through a gate. Cross the field to another gate and pass through a further section of woodland to reach a kissing gate. Cross the corner of the next field with a wall on the right and pass through a kissing gate (signed Cales Dale). Cross three more fields, heading downhill, to reach a gate which has a green sign for Lathkill Dale.

Steep Steps to Footbridge
Steep Steps to Footbridge

Start point: 53.1841 lat, -1.7421 long
End point: 53.1863 lat, -1.7404 long

Pass through the gate and follow the very steep stone steps (taking care as they can be slippery when wet) as they wind down to the valley bottom of Cales Dale. Cross the fence stile and turn right, signed for Lathkill Dale. Follow the narrow path (which is stony underfoot) along the valley for ¼ of a mile. As the valley widens cross the footbridge and turn right.

Footbridge to Bateman's House
Footbridge to Bateman's House

Start point: 53.1863 lat, -1.7404 long
End point: 53.1895 lat, -1.7115 long

Follow the path through Lathkill Dale for approximately 1.5 miles passing several weirs, a couple of mill stones and going through a couple of gates. The river is on the right. (On this section the river can encroach onto the footpath in a few places but it is usually still passable. In places the footpath has loose rocks under foot, so watch your step.)

On the right you will see a wooden arched footbridge, if you wish you can cross this and explore the ruined building that once belonged to James Bateman. James Bateman was the agent for the Lathkill Dale Mining Company. His house was built in 1830 over a shaft which had an unusual water turbine pump (a disk engine patented by the Dakeyne brothers) for draining the mines upstream. The pump worked until the 1860s. Information plaques are dotted around the site and behind the ruin you can descend a steep flight of metal steps to explore an old shaft which is lit by turning a metal handle.

Bateman's House to Clapper Bridge
Bateman's House to Clapper Bridge

Start point: 53.1895 lat, -1.7115 long
End point: 53.1919 lat, -1.6981 long

When you have finished exploring, return back over the bridge to reach the main path. Continue following the track for a further ½ a mile.

Along this stretch of the dale, the stone pillars of an aqueduct can be seen. This crossed the river and once had a wooden trough which carried water to the Mandale Lead Mine where it drove a 35 feet diameter water wheel, used for pumping water from the mine.

Just before reaching a house, leave the dale via a gate and turn right (passing a barn on the right) to reach and cross a stone clapper bridge.

Clapper Bridge to Meadow Place Grange
Clapper Bridge to Meadow Place Grange

Start point: 53.1919 lat, -1.6981 long
End point: 53.1895 lat, -1.7013 long

Turn left and follow the track uphill as it winds through Meadow Grange Wood for approximately ¼ of a mile. As the path levels off, pass through a large wooden gate. Turn left, crossing the field and heading towards Meadow Place Grange farm.

Meadow Place Grange to Marker Post
Meadow Place Grange to Marker Post

Start point: 53.1895 lat, -1.7013 long
End point: 53.1873 lat, -1.7011 long

Go through the metal farm gate and follow the path between the barns (this section is muddy) across the yard and through a further metal gate. Cross a grassy area to reach a wooden gate beside a barn (signed to Youlgreave and Middleton). It is very muddy here at the best of times as it's a thoroughfare for the farm's cattle. Continue forward, walking between two stone walls and passing through a gate opening. At a waymarker post follow a wall on the right for 50yds.

Marker Post to Back Lane
Marker Post to Back Lane

Start point: 53.1873 lat, -1.7011 long
End point: 53.18 lat, -1.7055 long

At a second yellow topped marker post, veer left away from the wall to walk diagonally up the field. Continue to follow the marker posts until you reach and cross a wall stile. Continue, crossing two more fields and a stile to reach and cross Back lane via two wall stiles.

Back Lane to Moor Lane
Back Lane to Moor Lane

Start point: 53.18 lat, -1.7055 long
End point: 53.1777 lat, -1.703 long

Cross the next field to a gate into a small wood. Follow the path as it veers right through the trees to cross a wall stile. Cross the next field to reach a stile which leads you onto Moor Lane.

Moor Lane to End
Moor Lane to End

Start point: 53.1777 lat, -1.703 long
End point: 53.1769 lat, -1.711 long

Turn right and follow the lane uphill for ¼ of a mile, passing a collection of barns on the left. You will reach the car park where the walk began on the left.

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1 responses to "Moor Lane, Cales Dale and Lathkill Dale"

Stiff climbs and descents

By ravenesque on 2016-09-28 16:13:11

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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First Stile, Limestone Way.
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sign in woods.
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woodland path.
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Steep stone steps.
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River Lathkill.
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Mill Stones.
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sign on tree.
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Aqueduct remains
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