A pleasant meander along one of the finest Limestone Dales in the Peak District with few points of historical interest along the way.
The river Lathkill rises just below Monyash and flows down to meet the Wye just below Haddon Hall. The valley it forms is one of the finest of the limestone dales and the upper part is a National Nature Reserve, in the care of Natural England. It is a famous trout-fishing river.
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Distance: 4.50 miles (7.24 km)
Total ascent: 160m
Steepest Gradient: 18% (1 in 6)
Time: 1:30 hours (Walking)
Over Haddon village, SK202665
The start of the walk follows the local roads and is a little uninspiring compared to the rest of the walk. The path down to the valley floor from Haddon Grove Farm is quite steep but well trodden. It would be quite tricky in the heart of winter though so take extra care.
Due to the lead mining, the water table was lowered significantly meaning the river Lathkill is little more than a trickle in the average summer. Visit it in Autumn through to Spring to enjoy the river in its glory.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire Dales – Met Office: Peak District
OS Explorer OL24 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 119 (1:50,000)
- Haddon Grove Campsite - 01629 812 343
- Greenhills Holiday Park - 01629 813467
by Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH