Chee Dale

9 July 2023

The club return to the White Peak for a very attractive 12 mile linear ramble between Taddington and Bakewell. There should be a shorter walk option available.
     Highlights of the day will include Chee Dale, Millers Dale (lunch stop with cafe and toilets) and Monsal Head. The ramble will start near the village of Taddington on the A6 and follow a number of minor roads before descending via a steep path into Chee Dale at the head of Great Rocks Dale Chee Dale is a spectacular steep sided gorge and is a protected nature reserve. We follow the River Wye eastwards, including a stepping stones section (easy) eventually arriving at our lunch stop the Millers Dale old train station.
    After lunch we continue by the river to Litton Mill to join up with the Monsal Trail which was part of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Railway Line until its closure in 1968. There is now a choice of 2 routes.
A – A high level path above the trail to Monsal Head or
B – Follow the low level tunnel trail through to Monsal Head.
Monsal Head is a very dramatic viewpoint overlooking the valley and the view is one of the most photographed in the country. Cafe and toilet facilities, as we enjoy another break. The final section of this lovely walk passes through the quiet villages of Little Longstone and Great Longstone and into Cracknowl Wood to finish at the Bakewell Showground for a 6.00pm departure home.
In the morning the coach departs from the “Staff Of Life” pub in Sutton-in-Ash field at 9.15am and from the Bancroft Lane end of Stockwell Gate outside Asia in Mansfield at 9.30am.There are other pick up points between these locations. The coach fare is £12,accompanied juniors free. For further information please contact Helen on 07592886381 or John on 07749164455. New walkers always very welcome.

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