Walk Leader: Beverley Kelly Walk Distance: 8 miles Walk ascent/descent: 1400ft app
We shall explore a bit of gruesome history and discover some more modern history as we find where they quarried the stone for the Derwent Dams. We shall see some amazing stone formations as we survey the fantastic panorama of the Derbyshire Dales, but first we have a gentle flat stroll along the Derwent valley to Padley.
Padley Hall has a grisly history from Tudor times which I will tell you about as we view the remains. Adjacent is the steep slope of the old railway used to remove the stone for the Derwent dams and as we climb it we will discover historic remnants of the line.
As we come out of the trees above the quarry we have ‘Surprise View’. Mother Cap is an extraordinary square stone shape, while Carl Wark is thought to have been an ancient Fort and Higger Tor gives us an easy bit of adventurous climbing.
Our descent is interesting and varied with clear views of the high levels we have been on. We shall pass interesting buildings and through wooded areas before we reach Hathersage.
This is an admirable B walk well suited for mid summer, with a steady climb and descent except for the 200+ft of Bole Hill which we will take slowly.
We have plenty of time, but do carry enough fluid to drink with you. The walk will commence from the toilets in the village