Lathkill Dale & Youlgreave

Walk Summary

This is a lovely circular walk, starting from the attractive and busy village of Youlgreave. It’s a walk full of variety taking in the picturesque Lathkill and Bradford Dales. Navigation is straightforward with good paths throughout.

The route starts at in the village of Youlgreave, several miles south west of Bakewell. Leaving Youlgreave, it’s a short descent down to the River Bradford, which is followed downstream to the road at Alport. From here, the route takes you into the wooded nature reserve that is Lathkill Dale. Scattered remains of buildings from the lead mining industry are often encountered, whilst the river itself is perfectly clear.

A short but steep climb takes you from Cales Dale up onto the limestone plateau along the Limestone Way, dropping back into the River Bradford and onto Youlgreave.

Walk Details

Distance – 13km or 8 miles

Ascent – 300 metres or 1000 feet.

Terrain – Good, clear paths with some rockier bits in the dale, just one steep climb up steps.

Getting There

It’s an easy drive to the start of the walk. From Bakewell, head south on the A6 before turning to Youlgreave on the B5056. Parking is available in a car park at the western end of the village, or you can park by the road side at the walk start.

Alternatively, you can get there by using the bus service that runs between Bakewell and Matlock. More information here.

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