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Grindleford and Hathersage

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Grindleford and Hathersage
Author: Mattreed, Published: 25 Sep 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Grindleford and Hathersage Walking Guidestar1 Grindleford and Hathersage Walking Guidestar1 Grindleford and Hathersage Walking Guidestar1 Grindleford and Hathersage Walking Guidestar1 Grindleford and Hathersage Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Peak District
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Grindleford and Hathersage
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Grindleford and Hathersage Walking Guide boot Grindleford and Hathersage Walking Guide
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A 6 mile circular walk from Grindleford Railway Station to Hathersage and back through the Hope and Derwent Valley, returning along the Derwent River. There are great views throughout.

The walk follows a mixture of surfaced tracks, pavements and unmade paths through fields and woodland (the latter of which can get muddy). You will need to cross one stile along the route (which is on the return leg). You will be sharing some of the fields with sheep so take particular care with dogs. Allow 3 hours.

There is a regular train from Sheffield to Grindleford Railway Station which takes about 20 minutes. There is the option of getting the train back from Hathersage back to Grindleford halfway through the walk.

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Walk Sections

Start to Millstones
Start to Millstones

Start point: 53.3055 lat, -1.6253 long
End point: 53.3133 lat, -1.6345 long

Head across the railway bridge next to Totley Tunnel and follow the twisty rough unmade lane across the hillside from Grindleford Station towards Hathersage. There are excellent views of the Derwent Valley, Miller’s Edge and the Dark Peak. Just a short distance from the railway station, you’ll find the ruins of Padley Hall and the intact Padley Chapel and, further along, there are 5 millstones on the side of the path.

Millstones to Footpath
Millstones to Footpath

Start point: 53.3133 lat, -1.6345 long
End point: 53.3274 lat, -1.6495 long

Continue along the lane to the end, where it meets the main road (A6187). Turn left and head down the road (which has a pavement all the way) towards Hathersage. Just after a right-hand bend you will see a footpath sign to the left.

Footpath to Hathersage
Footpath to Hathersage

Start point: 53.3274 lat, -1.6495 long
End point: 53.3305 lat, -1.6536 long

There is the option here of coming away from the road and going down through the fields before rejoining the road into Hathersage. Alternatively you can simply continue straight along the road into the town.

There are a number of options to eat in Hathersage if you want to break your journey at this point.

Hathersage to David Mellor Design Centre
Hathersage to David Mellor Design Centre

Start point: 53.3305 lat, -1.6536 long
End point: 53.3253 lat, -1.652 long

Follow the road through Hathersage and turn left at the junction opposite the George Hotel at the bottom of the hill (signposted for Grindleford and the cutlery factory).

On the edge of town, you will see a left turn signed Station Approach which leads to Hathersage Railway Station. Take this turn if you wish to return to Grindleford Station by train.

If you are continuing the walk (which returns along the Derwent River), continue along the pavement on the B6001, under the railway bridge and on along the road towards the bridge that crosses the Derwent River.

You can stop off at the David Mellor Design Museum, factory, shop and café, which is on your left. This is definitely worth a look - David Mellor designed many of the the traffic lights, bus stops and post boxes that we still see today.

David Mellor Design Centre to Coppice Wood
David Mellor Design Centre to Coppice Wood

Start point: 53.3253 lat, -1.652 long
End point: 53.3127 lat, -1.6415 long

Just before the river bridge, cross the road and take a left turn down a lane, following the wooden fingerpost. Follow the road right as it continues alongside the river. Just short of the house at the end of the lane, take the stile into the flood meadow and continue through fields and woods that follow the course of the River Derwent. The walk heads follows the course of the River Derwent through floodplains and woodland before re-joining the unmade lane that leads to Grindleford Station.

Coppice Wood to End

Start point: 53.3127 lat, -1.6415 long
End point: 53.3058 lat, -1.6255 long

At the wooden post signed left for a shortcut Grindleford Station do NOT take the left shortcut but instead take the right fork to Nether Padley.

Continue through the wood and meadows until you come to the main road (B6521). Turn left onto the B6521 and walk along the pavement. You will pass the Maynard pub on the right-hand side of the B6521. The entrance to Grindleford Train Station is a very short distance along from the pub where this walk ends and from where you can take a train back into Sheffield.

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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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