Lathkill Dales from Monyash

Lathkill Dales from Monyash

Area: Derbyshire – Peak District (White peak)
Starting point: Monyash
Date of walk: 2nd August 2016
Walkers: Me & Merlin
Distance: 11.20 miles
Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
Terrain: Woodland, Wateralls, Streams, Moorland
Weather: Sun, blue skies, cloudy

I can’t take credit for this walk as I borrowed it from the walking English man website, however slightly varied. A day walking through the white peak, with the sun out has never been anything less than pleasant. This walk in particular is varied, walking through the 2 picturesque villages of Youlgreave and Monyash. And in between, open fields, rivers, wooded areas and dales. What more could you really ask for? There isn’t much in terms of climbs , hill walking or mountains, however this walk will certainly be going on the ‘connoisseurs list’ for walks. A thoroughly rewarding enjoyable walk.

I arrive in Monyash late morning with the doggy. Park the car up and walk towards to village centre where a small tea room is found called the old Smithy. cute little place, so I treat myself to a bakewell flapjack & a cup of tea. The route takes the limestone way, which I’ve never really explored much. However within moments coming out on Monyash, the views on Fern Dale are far reaching, and are absolutely stunning.

Cales Dale
Fern Dale

A mile or 2 on, the first landmark is One Ash Grange Farm. We continue past the farm following the Limestone Way (which by the way is well marked). After the farm, there is a drop into Cales Dale. Down into this dale and back up sn the most strenuous part of the walk, so watch your footing. As you rise back up heading towards calling low, fine views are had once again and easy walking is had for the remainder of walk. It’s well worth taking your time with this one, simply because this is low effort walk with great reward.

Past Calling low, Low Moor plantation is reached, again followed by open pasture land filled with cows who seem rather entrigued by Merlins high energy levels. On the East side of the Moor a B road is reached where we continue across the path by a car park. Youlgreave is seen in the distance and upon a grassy knoll I sit myself. Me and Merlin take in the view & out comes my Moleskin to jot down some anagrams..

On a grassy knoll we sit
On a grassy knoll we sit

Down off the knoll, we head into Youlgreave, a pleaasent little village with a pub and some cafes. I had my lunch on the knoll so need to really stop off in the village. Heading out of the village towards to final section of the walk. Lathkill dale. Before reaching there is another drop in the valley, and the walk along the banks of the river are mesmerizing. This section is sheltered, the quiet titter tattering of the slow moving river is head and it feels extremely safe & secure unlike how the Moors can be at times, relentless.

along the valley before reaching youlgreave
along the valley before reaching youlgreave
Merlin testing the waters
Merlin testing the waters

Unfortunatly my camera ran out of battery in the deep valleys of Lathkill Dale, which probaly is the highlight of this walk. It’s quite dramatic coming out of the wooded riverlands to exposed limestone outcrops. Further down the valley, the start of Monyash is reaching, and winding up the hill, we are back at the car

 

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