Bradwell, Abney Moor & Tideswell Rake
There are some areas of the Peak District that tend to be rather unfairly missed out by walkers. Close to the villages of Hope and Castleton, this excellent walk starts from the quieter village of Bradwell.
Leaving the village with its pretty stone buildings, it’s a fairly steady climb all the way up to Abney Moor, but you do get some brilliant views across the valley as you do so. Pleasingly, the walk then flattens out as you cross the moor on a good path, with great views to the east. Reaching a road, you then pass through some fields before a woodland descent into Great Hucklow where a pub stop can be taken.
From here, there’s a section of road walking to the interesting old mine workings at Tideswell Rake. After that, the route follows paths through fields along the valley side, with surprisingly great views to Win Hill to the north, before an easy amble back down into Bradwell. Another interesting point about this walk is that it takes in both the Dark Peak (gritstone) and White Peak (limestone).
Distance – 11km or 6.9 miles
Ascent – 370 metres or 1215 feet.
Terrain – good paths, roads, one steep hill near the walk start, otherwise undulating.
It’s pretty easy by car, with roadside parking just off the main B6049, adjacent to a lovely little stream. The walk start can be reached by bus too – go here for more information on bus routes and times.
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