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Rowsley and Calton Lees Circular

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Rowsley and Calton Lees Circular
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: Footpaths and byways
Rowsley and Calton Lees Circular
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 circular walk which takes you from Rowsley over farmland and through the pretty hamlet of Calton Lees which is on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate. You then go through woodland on part of the Haddon Hall estate to return to Rowsley following farm tracks.

There are many local attractions should you wish to make a full day out. Rowsley sits at the point where the River Wye flows into the River Derwent, which made it the perfect place to site Caudwell Mill. Caudwell Mill, which we pass on the walk, is a fine example of a working 19th century mill. The outbuildings today house a number of shops and workshops as well as an excellent cafe. The present mill was built in 1874 by John Caudwell and ran as a family business for over 100 years. Most of the machinery is pre 1914 and still driven by a system of belts and pulleys from line shafts. It is powered by 2 water turbines, one to drive the mill, the other generating electricity used in the mill. The mill is open daily from 1st March to 31st October and at weekends from November to February. The Peak Village is also sited in Rowsley, a factory outlet shopping centre with shops, a coffee shop and restaurant. Peak Village is open daily throughout the year. In the middle of the outlet is the former Rowsley Railway station. The station was constructed as part of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway, which, despite its name, only managed to construct a line between Ambergate, Matlock and Rowsley and opened in 1849. Just outside the village there is also Peak Rail, a heritage steam railway that runs from Rowsley to Matlock. Trains run throughout the year.

There are lots of muddy/boggy sections on this walk especially after wet weather. Some of the farm pastures could contain livestock so please take care with dogs. There are several gates and stiles (including ladder and fence stiles) to negotiate along the walk. The appropriate map is OL 24 Peak District White Peak area. There are two tea shops on this walk, one requiring a short diversion from the route. The first is within the garden centre at Calton Lees (around half way through the walk), the second is near the end of the walk within the Caudwell Mill complex in Rowsley. Toilets are available at the tea shops or at Peak Village shopping outlet which is a short walk from your start point.

Rowsley lies on the A6 around 4.5 miles north of Matlock and 3.5 miles south-east of Bakewell.

From Matlock: At the roundabout in the town centre (the one with a crown on it) turn left to follow the A615 over the river bridge and, as you reach the cross roads, turn right onto the A6. Pass Sainsburys on the left and continue until you reach a roundabout. Turn left signed Darley Dale, Rowsley and Bakewell. Follow the A6 to Rowsley. Just after crossing a bridge and at the traffic lights, turn left down Woodhouse Road. Follow the road passing the mill on the right to continue over the river bridge. The road bends right, this is Peak Tor Lane. After a short distance you reach a lay-by next to a recreation ground. This is the starting place of the walk.

From Bakewell: At the roundabout in the town centre follow the A6 signed for Matlock. As you reach Rowsley and see the Peacock Hotel on the left, turn right up Woodhouse Road. Follow the road passing the mill on the right to continue over the river bridge. The road bends right, this is Peak Tor Lane. After a short distance you reach a lay-by next to a recreation ground. This is the starting place of the walk.

If the lay-by is full, drive a little further along the road and there is a small car park on the left (look for the telegraph pole as the car park is not signed).

The nearest post code is DE4 2EB which is for Caudwells Mill Craft Centre, Bakewell Rd, Matlock, Rowsley, Derbyshire. Please Note: The car park at the mill is strictly for people visiting mill, so please do not park here.

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Walk Sections

Start to Wooden Gate
Start to Wooden Gate

Start point: 53.1873 lat, -1.6174 long
End point: 53.1941 lat, -1.6143 long

From the lay-by, return to the main A6 road by crossing the river bridge and passing the entrance to Cauldwell Mill on the left. Cross the A6 road using the pedestrian crossing, turn left to pass in front of the hotel then turn right up Church Lane.

On reaching the farm, take a footpath on the right which is signed for Calton Lees and Chatsworth. This leads you beneath a bridge which carried the Midland Railway line until its closure in 1968.(This area is very muddy after wet weather). Follow the track and soon you will have the River Derwent on the right. Go through a large wooden gate.

Wooden Gate to Gate Opening
Wooden Gate to Gate Opening

Start point: 53.1941 lat, -1.6143 long
End point: 53.2019 lat, -1.6136 long

Continue and after a short distance go through a metal gate. Follow the path along the left-hand side of the field keeping a wall on the left. Go through a metal gate into a small woods, the river is still on the right. Follow the path through the woods then leave the woods via a rather dilapidated wooden gate. Continue over the next field, following the path down the centre of the field heading for a gate opening in the wall ahead.

Gate Opening to Right Turn
Gate Opening to Right Turn

Start point: 53.2019 lat, -1.6136 long
End point: 53.2073 lat, -1.6139 long

Pass beneath the electricity wires to reach a further gate opening (this stretch can be boggy after wet weather). Walk up the slope with a wall and woods on your left. Walk between two large trees and, as the path bears left, go through a gate opening (passing a broken ladder stile) and turn right. You now have a wall on your right.

Right Turn to Calton Lees
Right Turn to Calton Lees

Start point: 53.2073 lat, -1.6139 long
End point: 53.209 lat, -1.616 long

Follow the path, keeping a wall close on the right. You will reach a stile by a barn. Cross this into the hamlet of Calton Lees.

Calton Lees to Left Turn
Calton Lees to Left Turn

Start point: 53.209 lat, -1.616 long
End point: 53.2131 lat, -1.6355 long

Turn right to follow the road down past the stone cottages. On reaching a straddled crossroads, turn left through a gate signed public footpath. (If you wish to visit the garden centre and café, you need to turn right here and follow the road for a short distance to reach the garden centre on the right. You would then need to retrace your steps back to the crossroads to continue.)

Follow this track as it winds gently uphill for approximately 3/4 of a mile to reach the small hamlet of Calton Houses. Go through a wooden gate and walk between the houses. Follow the track uphill and, as it bears right, go through a wooden gate. Turn left with a wall and plantation on the left. After a short distance (at a gap between plantations) turn left at a waymarker post to go through a gate.

Left Turn to Ladder Stile
Left Turn to Ladder Stile

Start point: 53.2131 lat, -1.6355 long
End point: 53.2085 lat, -1.6386 long

The path bends left then right. Follow the waymarker posts uphill heading towards a plantation. As you near the top, there are splendid views across the Chatsworth Estate. You should be able to see the white painted lodge with its attractive bargeboards and roof timbers sitting isolated on an elevated site. This is Russian Cottage which was a gift from Tsar Nicholas I to the 6th Duke of Devonshire. The cottage was once used as a luncheon place for shooting parties held at Chatsworth. Cross a ladder stile into the woods.

Ladder Stile to T Junction
Ladder Stile to T Junction

Start point: 53.2085 lat, -1.6386 long
End point: 53.2028 lat, -1.6358 long

Follow the well-used path as it bends left (you will see little marker posts indicating the route). Follow the path through the woods and soon you will pass through two stone gateposts (this section is very muddy). Turn left and follow the path down through the woods to reach a T-junction and a green sign.

T Junction to Junction of Paths
T Junction to Junction of Paths

Start point: 53.2028 lat, -1.6358 long
End point: 53.1992 lat, -1.6324 long

Turn left to continue down through the woods. On reaching a metal gate (marked as private), bear right to follow the rocky narrow path down through the woods. You will emerge on the corner by a junction of several paths. At this point you can look down the valley towards Bakewell on the right.

Junction of Paths to Anti Vehicle Gate
Junction of Paths to Anti Vehicle Gate

Start point: 53.1992 lat, -1.6324 long
End point: 53.1977 lat, -1.6265 long

Turn left and walk past a metal anti-vehicle gate. Follow this track which years ago formed the main road from Bakewell to Rowsley. Keep along the track ignoring any paths heading off to the left (which are purely for access to the woodland). After a while you will come to a corner and another anti-vehicle gate.

Anti Vehicle Gate to Village
Anti Vehicle Gate to Village

Start point: 53.1977 lat, -1.6265 long
End point: 53.193 lat, -1.6213 long

Turn right and head away from the woods. This bumpy road leads down towards Rowsley and soon becomes Church Lane which you follow downhill.

Village to End
Village to End

Start point: 53.193 lat, -1.6213 long
End point: 53.1873 lat, -1.6173 long

This road brings you back to the side of the hotel. Turn left to cross the A6 road via the pedestrian crossing, turn right then left along Woodhouse Road (passing Caudwell Mill on the right). Cross the river bridge to reach your parking place.

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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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Road to Calton Houses
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Mist in the valley.
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Junction of paths and green sign.
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Junction of paths on leaving the woods.
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Calves on the farm.

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