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Moor Lane, Cales Dale and Lathkill Dale Walk

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Moor Lane, Cales Dale and Lathkill Dale Walk is a 8.5 kilometer loop trail located near Bakewell, Derbyshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 8.5 km Elevation Gain: 281 m Route Type: Loop






A varied circular walk crossing farmland to descend into the valley at Cales Dale and then following the pretty river along Lathkill Dale. Lathkill Dale is one of our country's finest limestone valleys. It is a steep sided valley which is flanked by limestone cliffs and along which the crystal clear River Lathkill runs. The dale is rich in ancient woodland and was once heavily mined for lead. You can see the remains of this industry along the route and, if you wish, you can explore the ruin of Bateman's House, including an old shaft. Much of the river and sections of the river valley, fall within the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. Among the species that thrive here are brown trout, dipper, and the rare wild plant Jacob's Ladder. On this walk you will cross several types of stiles (wall, fence, squeeze) and go through several gates/kissing gates. Some sections of farmland could contain livestock (both sheep and cattle) and may be muddy after wet weather. You will need to negotiate a very steep flight of stone steps which could be slippery after wet weather. The path along the first half of the dale is narrow and rocky in places and follows the river very closely, meaning some sections could be flooded after heavy rain. The section of path that runs between two stone walls at Meadow Place Grange Farm is very muddy most of the time as this is used daily by cattle. Toilets and refreshments are available in the village of Youlgreave or in the centre of the nearby town of Bakewell.

1 month ago

A nice moderately challenging walk with variety

1 month ago

Really varied walk, farm land, water, industrial heritage. Halfway down the dale visited Bateman house mine workings( there is no sign for this) you can go down the mine shaft and turn Dynamo handle to light up water at bottom, it is free although maintained by English heritage. There are signs telling you natural history of the dale. Great walk.

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