Coombs Dale, Calver - Family Walk

by Alan James - UKC and UKH ? Nov/2011
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WalkingCoombs Dale, Calver - Family Walk

Derbyshire, ENGLAND

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Distance 2.82 miles (4.54 km)

Total ascent 150m

Steepest climb 13% (1 in 8)

Time 1 – 1:30 hours (Walking)

Start/finish The short connecting road by the traffic lights in the centre of Calver on the A623 in the Peak District, SK237750

Terrain Good tracks with a short section of grassy and slightly muddy ground on one section.

Seasonal variations Can be done year round but is especially good on a clear winter's day with frost or light snow underfoot.

Weather and hill conditions mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire DalesMet Office: Peak District

Public transport There are a number of busses from Sheffield and Chesterfield which will drop you off in Calver.

Maps OS Explorer OL24 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Dark Peak (1:40,000), OS Landranger 119 (1:50,000)

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Tourist info Chesterfield (01246 345 777); Matlock (01629 583388); Sheffield (0114 221 1900)

A short little walk from Calver, that offers some easily-earned and lovely views back towards Froggatt and Curbar edges.

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+Coombs Dale Calver, Family Walk - the ridge back down to Calver, 132 kb
The ridge back down to Calver with the edges visible in the distance © Alan James

This is a quick and easy walk ideal for a family when time or motivation is short. After an unspectacular start up Coombs Dale, the walk takes you gently up and then descends down a ridge back towards Calver with spectacular views. At the end of the walk you pass the Claver Sough Garden Centre which may be of interest to some family members. Next door is the sweet shop which will probably be an attraction for the others.

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Detailed description

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SK2357875059 From the parking on the short connecting road by the traffic lights, head up the main A623 towards Stoney. Take care crossing this one as you approach the playing fields.

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SK2287274833 The wide track leads past one gate up Coombs Dale. Just in case you were tempted to take a dip in the inviting pools on the track up Coombs Dale, someone has thoughtly placed some signs to discourage you.
+Coombs Dale Calver, Family Walk - Don't swim (in case you were tempted), 225 kb

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SK2232174374 After about 1.5km the track curves to the right and there is a path on left over a muddy section with some wooden sleepers. Follow this into and continue up the edge of the tress. There is a stile on the right which you can cross to get out of the tress, or stay on the left since both paths go to the same point.
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SK2267073842 The views start to appear as you reach the top of this short side valley and you reach a junction with another path. Turn sharp left here and cross the fields.
+Coombs Dale Calver, Family Walk - coming out of Coombs Dale, 189 kb

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SK2312074567 This path leads to a small track between two walls which descends down a ridge back towards Calver. This is the best bit of the walk with some great views (photo at the top).

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SK2367974826 Wind your way back through the houses to pop out on the main road near the garden centre and sweet shop.

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