1SK1342073328 Set off along the wide trail. After a short distance the huge ugly concrete flying buttresses of the limekiln come into view. You can explore this from above and below to see how the old limekiln system worked.
2SK1310673328 The track continues and comes to the bridge used by outdoor groups for abseiling (or lowering people, as it seems to have become). Drop down the steep path to the riverside and turn right and head up the dale.
3SK1229873492 After a beautiful open section with some boardwalks, the dale encloses a little. A short walk up is followed by a steep rocky descent to enter the narrowest section of Chee Dale. Take care here on the slippery limestone. The next section is the most awkward and muddy but also one of the most fascinating as you skirt round with Chee Tor opposite, to arrive at the steep Cornice. This will be either dry, and busy with climbers, or wet and dripping.
4SK1234673159 The first section of stepping stones drop under the steepest bulging walls of the Cornice. If these are covered with the river then you can't proceed and you will need to retrace your steps. This only happens after very heavy rain.
5SK1258673126 As the Monsal Trail and the bridge appears above you, you cross the river on a wooden bridge. You can climb back to the trail at this point for the short-cut version. For a better extension though, cross a second wooden bridge back onto the (right) north bank and continue up the dale.
6SK1221372914 The second section of stepping stones under the climbers' buttress known as Max Wall.
7SK1197372824 As you round the corner under a very high bridge, a small path leads up right under the bridge; follow this up to the Monsal Trail. Alternatively you can continue here along the riverside and join the trail further up for an extension.
8SK1277973215 The Monsal Trail gives a rapid direct line back to your starting point with the only hazard being the bikers who zip by (best if you keep right as a rule). The long lit tunnel cuts off the corner and means that you will be back at the station and welcome ice cream sooner than you expect.
Further Routes by Alan James - UKC and UKH
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