Long Dale, Minninglow & Royston
The area of the White Peak around Pikehall is a lovely part of the Peak District, and provides some relatively easy walking with surprisingly good views. There’s options to cut the work short too if you wish.
The walk starts at Minninglow Car Park, and you walk along the High Peak Trail before a short ascent through fields to Minninglow, an ancient burial ground at the top of a hill, surrounded by trees. Dropping down to the picturesque Royston Grange, it’s then an easy walk along tracks and a minor road to the car park.
Here, you follow the High Peak Trail in a westerly direction, with excellent views, before descending down to the hamlet of Pikehall. The walk then takes you down into the lovely limestone dale of Long Dale, which can be full of wildflowers at the right time of the year. Leaving the dale via footpaths, there’s a short section of walking on the A5102 before you follow Mouldridge Lane back to the car park.
Distance – 10.7km or 6.6 miles
Ascent – 245 metres or 800 feet
Terrain – Good paths and tracks, some hills but nothing too steep, one short section of walking next to a busier road
It’s pretty easy by car, with the car park about half a mile off the main A5102 road, by the High Peak Trail.
Unfortunately this walk is not accessible by public transport.
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