Direct Transport based walk with Andrew Forbes and Gemma Wilson.
If Mr Kipling could lead a walk ........
Starting from the pretty town of Bakewell, we'll make our way through woodland and fields onto the Monsal Trail; a converted disused railway line before heading off the trail and up to the scenic viewpoint of Monsal Head and our first stop for food and drink. After a short stop, it's off via fields, open pasture and through small pretty villages to eventually end up in the expansive and tree adorned grounds of Chatsworth House and Park. Weather permitting, we'll stop for food and drink in the grounds before heading up onto open pasture and moorland overlooking Chatsworth House, where we'll hopefully see deer. The final few kilometres back down into Bakewell are via moorland and woodland. Some of the ground in the final stretch of woodland was slippy/muddy on the reccie so care will need to be taken here. There are also two short sections of road walking with no pavement and care needs to be taken there too.
The route is reasonably long for the time of year and whilst I don't think we will get back in the dark, please bring a head torch just in case. There are NO bail out points. Please bring enough food and fluids to last you for the full 15.4 miles. The route should take around 6.5 hours to complete.
PARKING: There is free parking on Coombs Road if you drive past the pay & display car park and the metered parking bays. Head back along Commbs Road towards Bakewell and we will meet outside the entrance to the pay & display car park near the junction with Coombs Road and Station Road.
Meet & Travel arrangements - Direct
This is a walk with direct transport arrangements, meeting at the walk start.
10:20: Meet at the walk start (Coombs Road, Bakewell, DE45 1AQ)
10:30 Walk starts.
Waypoints: Holme Hall, Eweclose, Monsal Trail, Monsal Head, Great Longstone, Rowland, Hassop, Pilsley, Baslow, Chatsworth House, Edensor, New Piece Wood, The Brooklands
Public toilets are available at Monsal Head and Chatsworth House.