Ashford & Monsal

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951, the first national park in the UK. Walking in the Peak District can be quite varied, with the more gentle limestone dales of the White Peak and the higher, gritstone moors of the Dark Peak, meaning there’s something for everyone.

Ashford & Monsal 

We’d say this is one of the classic, easier walks in the Peak District, perfect for a half day or family walk. There’s a visit to one of the best viewpoints in the national park – Monsal Head – and pubs/cafes half way round as well.

Ashford in the Water is the starting point for the walk. After a short section of road walking as you leave the village, the walk heads to Monsal along some easy but stony tracks, rising gently and offering good views across the White Peak.

The path narrows as you reach Monsal Head, where you can take refreshments, before a turn to the east and a little walk along the road to Little Longstone. Here, you bear south through fields to the Monsal Trail, crossing over and continuing in a southerly direction back to Ashford.

It’s quite an easy walk, navigation is straightforward and we hope you have a great time.

Walk Details

Distance – 6.4km or 4 miles

Ascent – 125 metres or 410 feet.

Terrain – Generally on good tracks and paths, can be muddy. Some road walking, gradual ascents only.

Getting There

There is a public car park in Ashford, as well as street parking on Fennel Street. Please take care to be considerate when parking. 

The walk is also accessible by bus from Castleton, Bakewell and Buxton, and villages in between. Click here for more information on bus routes and times.

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