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Rowsley and Calton Lees Circular

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Rowsley and Calton Lees Circular is a 8.7 kilometer loop trail located near Bakewell, Derbyshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

8.7 km
311 m


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

A circular walk which takes you from Rowsley over farmland and through the pretty hamlet of Calton Lees which is on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate. You then go through woodland on part of the Haddon Hall estate to return to Rowsley following farm tracks. There are many local attractions should you wish to make a full day out. Rowsley sits at the point where the River Wye flows into the River Derwent, which made it the perfect place to site Caudwell Mill. Caudwell Mill, which we pass on the walk, is a fine example of a working 19th century mill. The outbuildings today house a number of shops and workshops as well as an excellent cafe. The present mill was built in 1874 by John Caudwell and ran as a family business for over 100 years. Most of the machinery is pre 1914 and still driven by a system of belts and pulleys from line shafts. It is powered by 2 water turbines, one to drive the mill, the other generating electricity used in the mill. The mill is open daily from 1st March to 31st October and at weekends from November to February. The Peak Village is also sited in Rowsley, a factory outlet shopping centre with shops, a coffee shop and restaurant. Peak Village is open daily throughout the year. In the middle of the outlet is the former Rowsley Railway station. The station was constructed as part of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway, which, despite its name, only managed to construct a line between Ambergate, Matlock and Rowsley and opened in 1849. Just outside the village there is also Peak Rail, a heritage steam railway that runs from Rowsley to Matlock. Trains run throughout the year. There are lots of muddy/boggy sections on this walk especially after wet weather. Some of the farm pastures could contain livestock so please take care with dogs. There are several gates and stiles (including ladder and fence stiles) to negotiate along the walk. The appropriate map is OL 24 Peak District White Peak area. There are two tea shops on this walk, one requiring a short diversion from the route. The first is within the garden centre at Calton Lees (around half way through the walk), the second is near the end of the walk within the Caudwell Mill complex in Rowsley. Toilets are available at the tea shops or at Peak Village shopping outlet which is a short walk from your start point.

11 days ago

Got to see lots of animals but had to walk through a muddy poop filled cow path that was impossible to avoid. Only take this route if you are ok with getting muddy even during dry times.

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