Wirksworth is a great little town and this route gives you the chance to explore the local area. Highlights include the climbing history and views from Black Rocks while the disused quarries of the National Stone Centre are a sun trap on a cool day. Refreshments and toilets are available in Wirksworth, at the National Stone Centre and at Black Rocks (no indoor seating at Black Rocks). The town of Wirksworth is well worth exploring with its maze of miners' cottages, many accessible only on foot, and the parish church of St Mary's has some important stone carvings. There are also two heritage railways.
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Distance: 5.48 miles (8.82 km)
Total ascent: 349m
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 hours (Walking)
Additional InformationStart Free car park on Old Lane, off Cromford Rd (B5036), Wirksworth. If this is full, you may be able to park on the Cromford Rd or go to the National Stone Centre (reached off Porter Lane, the B5035) and start the walk from there, SK286546; Finish As start, SK286546
Paths on access land, public footpaths and bridleways mostly clearly visible. Very short road sections, mostly with pavement.
Can be muddy in places. Cromford Moor is a great place for spotting fungi in Autumn.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Peak District & Yorkshire Dales – Met Office: Peak District
There are buses to Wirksworth and trains to nearby Cromford. The Ecclesbourne Valley heritage railway runs from Duffield to Wirksworth.
OS Explorer OL24 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 119 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
Matlock Bath (01629 55082); Matlock (01629 583388); Ashbourne (01335 343666)
by Vanessa Simmons