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Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale

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Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale
Author: Marie Prime, Published: 15 Feb 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide star1 Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide star1 Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide star1 Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide star0 Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Peak District
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide boot Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide boot Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide boot Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale Walking Guide
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A varied 4 mile circular walk starting from the small Derbyshire village of Wormhill. The village consists of a mixture of farms, cottages, an old hall and a church. The village green at the centre of the village has the old stocks and a fresh spring well which is dedicated to the memory of James Brindley, a Civil Engineer born in the parish in 1716, who became responsible for revolutionising the transport system of the 18th century. He became a pioneer canal builder, building around 300 miles of canals. The well is dressed annually during the last weekend in August to give thanks for the crisp clean drinking water it has provided for the village. Farming and quarrying have been the main occupations of the village but there was a tradition of wolf hunting in Wormhill in the fourteenth century. It is thought that the last wolf killed in England was at Wormhill Hall in the 15th century.

On the walk you will need to go through several gates and over several stiles and there are also a couple of bridges to cross. There are a couple of short sections of road walking, both sections without pavements, so care should be taken especially at peak times. Some sections of the walk could be muddy and slippery during wet weather and some paths are rocky and uneven underfoot. There are a couple of fairly steep descents and one steep ascent to negotiate along the way. The second half of the walk, down the beautiful Monks Dale, is quite challenging as the valley is littered with rocks and fallen trees and has an almost prehistoric quality. A good sturdy pair of walking boots and taking this section slowly is recommended. Because of the challenging conditions of the dale, the walk may not be suitable for younger children but most dogs should be able to negotiate the terrain. The lovely stream that runs through Monks Dale disappears underground during summer months but, after periods of wet weather, some sections of the path can be covered with shallow water as the path runs close to the water's edge. It is usually still passable but even in the summer some sections of the valley remain muddy. There are toilets at the Millers Dale car park and at peak times an ice cream van is located here providing refreshments. Picnic benches can also be found dotted around the station.

Wormhill is situated 5.6 miles from Buxton. Parking is limited in the village and is best found on the no through road that leads to the church. Take the A6 from Buxton (signed for Matlock, Derby, Bakewell) and after approximately 4 miles, turn left onto the B6049 (signed Tideswell, Millersdale). After 1.4 miles turn left (signed for Wormhill), follow this road for 1.5 miles to reach the no-through road to the church on the right.
The nearest post code of SK17 8SL is for Old Hall Farm in Wormhill and is further along the road from the church.

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Walk Sections

Start to Nature Reserve Gate
Start to Nature Reserve Gate

Start point: 53.265 lat, -1.8156 long
End point: 53.2612 lat, -1.815 long

With the church gates behind you walk back to the main road, cross the road and turn left, taking care as there is no footpath. Soon you will pass the gates to Hassop Farm. Ignore a stile just beyond the gates but, after a few more paces, take a track on the right. The track runs parallel to the road at first but then bends right passing Chee Tor cottage on your left. Follow the track down and soon you will go through a gate signed for the Nature Reserve.

Nature Reserve Gate to River Wye Bridge
Nature Reserve Gate to River Wye Bridge

Start point: 53.2612 lat, -1.815 long
End point: 53.2579 lat, -1.8098 long

Continue to walk down the tree-lined track, going through a second gate leading out onto a meadow. Follow the path left along the grassy ridge and then descend down through a sparse covering of trees to reach a gate at the valley bottom (this area can be extremely muddy). Go through the gate and cross the bridge over the River Wye.

River Wye Bridge to Old Station
River Wye Bridge to Old Station

Start point: 53.2579 lat, -1.8098 long
End point: 53.256 lat, -1.7943 long

At the far side of the bridge, bear left up the meadow heading towards a wall and go through a squeeze stile. Continue to follow the track for a short distance through the trees to go through a further gate leading onto the Monsal Trail. The trail is used by cyclists, walkers and horse riders and can be busy at peak times. Turn left along the trail for half a mile to reach the old station at Millers Dale. Here you will find toilets, picnic benches and, during the summer months, a refreshment van.

Millers Dale rail station was built in 1863 by the Midland Railway. It served an important junction where passengers for Buxton joined or left the trains between London and Manchester. It was one of the few stations in England to have a post office on the platform. Millers Dale sent dairy, agricultural and quarried products from the surrounding areas to the major cities via the railway until the station closed in 1967.

Old Station to Wooden Footbridge
Old Station to Wooden Footbridge

Start point: 53.256 lat, -1.7943 long
End point: 53.2588 lat, -1.793 long

Here we leave the Monsal Trail. Exit the car park via the main entrance. Cross the minor road, turn left and follow the road uphill; there is no footpath so take care. As the road bends sharp left you reach Glebe Farm. Head over the stile just below the farm on the right. Follow the track with a fence on the left and a wall on the right, skirting the farm buildings to go through a small wooden gate. Here you will find a sign welcoming you to Monks Dale. Turn left at the sign, keeping a wall on the left. (The path is rocky and could be muddy and slippery). Follow the path bearing left along the ridge. Soon you will start to descend down into the valley of Monks Dale. On reaching the valley bottom, cross the wooden footbridge and then turn left - depending on the season you will either see a lovely stream or a dry stream bed.

Wooden Footbridge to Dale End Gate
Wooden Footbridge to Dale End Gate

Start point: 53.2588 lat, -1.793 long
End point: 53.2732 lat, -1.8031 long

Follow the path along the dale for approximately 1 mile, crossing a stile about halfway. During the winter the stream comes right up to the edge of the path and, in some sections, the path can be covered by water but is usually still passable. The path along the dale winds around rocks and tree roots and then opens up to a wide canyon with limestone crags up to your right. The dale winds to the right then left, keep to the very bottom of the dale as much as you can following the course of the stream and a wall on the left.

The path suddenly disappears into the incredible, almost prehistoric, woodland which covers the second half of the walk. This is the most challenging section of the walk. The path here becomes littered with moss covered rocks and fallen trees, care should be taken to pick your way along the valley bottom. At the far end of the woodland dale, the path passes through a wooden gate in a stone wall.

Dale End Gate to Large Wooden Gate
Dale End Gate to Large Wooden Gate

Start point: 53.2732 lat, -1.8031 long
End point: 53.268 lat, -1.8117 long

The path skirts an overhanging crag before opening out into a grassy meadow. Head across the meadow towards a wall and the minor road. As you reach the wall, do not cross the stile but instead turn left for about 50 yards before turning left going fairly steeply up the meadow path. On reaching the top of the hill, go through a wooden gate leading onto a walled track. Follow the track and, on reaching a T-junction, turn right. Continue along the track and, just past a right-hand bend, go through a gate. Ignore a stile on the left, instead continue to follow the walled track as it bends left and, further along, bends right going through a large wooden gate.

Large Wooden Gate to End
Large Wooden Gate to End

Start point: 53.268 lat, -1.8117 long
End point: 53.265 lat, -1.8156 long

Keep on the walled track, heading towards cottages in the distance. On reaching the drive of the cottages, follow this to reach the road. Turn left along the footpath passing the village stocks and the Brindley Memorial well.

James Brindley was born in Wormhill and he was commissioned by the Duke of Bridgewater to engineer the Bridgewater Canal which opened in 1761. Brindley was the pioneer of the canal boom which, at its height, saw people frenziedly buying up shares in the canal companies.

Just past the monument turn left down the road to the church and return to your parking place and the end of the walk.

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3 comments for "Wormhill, Millers Dale and Monks Dale"

We completed this walk on 29th May 2018. This is now one of our best walks. The different stages are so different but Monksdale takes the biscuit. We have never walked any path like this but the prehistoric wood was magnificent as was the gorge and the stream. One problem - after what was a quite difficult walk for one of 79 years but so enjoyable the final climb up to Wormhill was a killer which was not so good but great to look back on. However we had a good day but on a rainy the rocks which form the walking surface must be very slippery and even on a dry day it needs care and good footwear. Only met one other couple and their dog who were coming the other way at the top of the dale. Bill Swan

By swanywalks on 02 Jun 2018

Amazing walk, our favourite iFootpath so far! Stunning change of scenery from sweet meadows, babbling streams to medieval overgrown Monks Dale. Not too slippery for us today, but I can see how it could be much more challenging with higher waters and/or rainy days. Will walk this one again when back in this area. Stunning!

By rennyslade on 28 May 2018

Monks dale being challenging is an understatement. Path is very muddy with slippery rocks. Slow going.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Remember to take account of the walk difficulty grade (4 Boots in this case to reflect the challenge) and to read the full intro to find out what to expect of the terrain. The intro clearly states that the path is littered with rocks and fallen trees and that some sections are slippery. It also states that the path should be taken slowly.

By lest44 on 15 Aug 2017

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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Might be the rain but these cows showed no interest in myself or the dog
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A bit more cautious with these cows but still no problem
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A rainy weekend created fast flowing streams of water
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