Friday, March 28, 2008

Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale Walk

OS Map Reference: The Peak District - White Peak Area (Outdoor Leisure Series 24)

Start Grid Reference: SK 208642
Walk distance: 6.8 miles

Time: 3.5 hours (approx.)

This is a beautiful walk through the Derbyshire Dales. The first time we did it was recently on a very cold Easter Monday. It was not too busy, but I did wonder what it would be like on a warm weekend in later spring or summer.

The basis of this walk was taken from the Dalesman's Tea Shop Walks in the Peak District by Andre Mcloy (ISBN 1 85568 142 0) published in 1999. Unfortunately, when we did the walk the tea room featured had close, but with a beautiful walk such as this - who cares!

As soon as you reach the River Bradford below Youlgreave (locally Youlgrave), you are greeted with views such as this.

This is Raper Lodge by the River Lathkill. Do not leave the path at this point, but carry on by the river side on the other side of the track.

When you cross Cronksbury Bridge you are treated to views of Lathkill Dale like this. This part of the river is reported to be especially good for trout.

The picture below was taken outside the Lathkill Hotel at Over Haddon. A lovely place to enjoy a pint and the views down the Dale.

Crossing the river to go to Meadow Place Grange provides a different aspect to the Dale.

We have just crossed the bridge you can see in the photograph, to rejoin the River Bradford for the final stage of the walk.

Another image of the Bradford, but as you go down this part of the river look out for dippers. We spent 2o minutes watching a pair feeding under the water - such a fascinating bird.

If you do not know what a dipper looks like, have a look at this site:

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