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.
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.
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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