Chee Dale

11 July 2021

This varied and hilly 13 mile walk starts from the Waterloo Inn (now sadly closed) to the west of Taddington. We initially follow the Limestone Way, gaining height to give expansive views over the ‘White Peak’ country. The path leads us westwards before descending into Chelmorton Village. Leaving here the route levels off, leading through some stunning wildflower meadows. We then have a descent into Deep Dale, followed by a steady climb out up the other side. We meet a lane and turn right to the tranquil, dead end village of King Sterndale. At the end of the village we pass the village green and shortly begin our descent into Wye Dale. A railway line and main road are crossed and you might guess, yes, there is another steady climb up the other side of the dale. Time at the top for a catch-up, maybe a lunch break, and to enjoy the great views.

Heading east along the edge of the dale gives more lovely views before we descend down to Chee Dale. The winding path leads us through this spectacular dale, with its crags alongside the meandering River Wye. We traverse the stepping stones, and a couple of easy scrambly sections. Towards the end of the dale, we climb alongside a viaduct to continue on the Monsal Trail. We’ll have another break at the former Miller’s Dale station (toilets and refreshments available). We keep on the track for a while, before taking the ‘panoramic’ path above Miller’s Dale, a brilliant section, with ever changing views into the dale below. We rejoin the Monsal Trail, crossing the viaduct at Monsal Dale. The final section leading us into Ashford-in-the-Water for a 6pm finish.

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