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Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular

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Youlgreave and Bradford Dale Circular is a 5.0 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.

5 km
180 m


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

An easy walk descending from the pretty village of Youlgreave to the valley in which the River Bradford flows, returning via farm land and a further section along the river. Youlgreave or Youlgrave is a quiet, peaceful village, now mainly devoted to farming, but was once one of the centres of the Derbyshire lead-mining industry. Many different spellings are used on different local signposts and on different maps. The village lies within the Derbyshire Peak District, lying on the River Bradford. There are a number of historic buildings in the village, such as Old Hall Farm (1630), Thimble Hall and The Old Hall (c1650). In the centre of the market place is a large circular water tank known locally as '€˜The Fountain'. Since 1829 this supplied water to the villagers, initially at an annual charge of 6d. It was built following a campaign by the '€˜Friendly Society of Women', who demanded a cleaner, healthier and more efficient supply of water than carrying the water up from Bradford Dale. Youlgreave holds well-dressings towards the end of June. These are in celebration of the setting-up of The Fountain in 1829. The village dresses five wells, all of which are centred on The Fountain. The 18th century Thimble Hall stands behind the water tower, it was originally a one-up, one-down cottage with a ladder for a staircase; no bathroom or kitchen nor even running water and was said to have been home to a family of eight around a hundred years ago. It was last occupied as a dwelling in the early 1930s. The parish church of All Saints which stands tall in the centre of the village is one of the largest of the peak district and is Norman in origin it was built around 1130-1150 A.D but has had many alterations over time. On this walk you will encounter a couple of gates, several squeeze stiles, a steep flight of metal steps and three bridges. Some sections, especially those over the fields, can be muddy after wet weather but generally the paths are of good quality and easy to follow. Many of the fields will be holding livestock so take care with dogs.

30 days ago

a nice walk but much better within a hr of our doorstep, my partner's words were similar

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