Lathkill Dale & Bradford Dale

A Peak District walk that traverses pretty Lathkill and Bradford Dales. The walk also includes a section of the Limestone Way.

Technical sheet
A Youlgreave walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 23/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h05[?]
Distance Distance : 7.95mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 541ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 545ft
Highest point Highest point : 1040ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 469ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Youlgreave
Starting point Starting point : N 53.177162° / W 1.713335°
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Description

(D)Roadside parking is available on Back Lane at grid ref. SK192644 or the small car park a short distance away at SK194644. Having parked follow the well-trodden Limestone Way west towards Monyash. The path is clear and crosses a number of fields to reach Low Moor Plantation. The onward route takes you past Calling Low, where the path deviates to the north of this farm. Shortly afterwards the views open out ahead and you get your first look at Lathkill Dale across to your right.

(1)The path descends to the bottom of Cales Dale (grid ref. SK172653), where you turn right and follow the bottom of the dale north. You soon reach Lathkill Dale, which at this point is open and a typical landscape of the Limestone dales. Reaching the main dale, cross the footbridge (grid ref. SK174655) and turn right on a clear path.

(2)Follow this path down the dale, entering Palmerston Wood. The dale loses its open character and you have a pleasant walk through woodland. Alongside is the River Lathkill, which after very dry weather can dry up. Stay on the main path. There is no need to worry about navigation. It is a simple case of following your nose! You reach a bridge below Over Haddon (grid ref. SK202661) after which the character of the dale starts to change.

(3)Conksbury Bridge (grid ref SK211656) is the next landmark. Here you cross the bridge using the road and walk a short way along the lane before taking the first footpath on your left. This leads you through walled fields down to the main road at Alport (grid ref. SK220645). Cross the road and take the signed footpath opposite. This leads you up Bradford Dale with the River Bradford on your right. Continue alongside the River to reach Mawstone Lane (grid ref SK213639).

(4)Cross the river here and take the path on your left. You are now back on the Limestone Way. The river is now on your left and is followed upstream with the village of Youlgreave high above you on your right. At the next footbridge (grid ref. SK208640) you can reach the village centre by following the lane on your right uphill. To continue, cross the River Bradford here and follow the dale upstream with the river once again on your right.

(5)At grid ref. SK199636, the Limestone Way turns right across the River Bradford. Once across ignore the minor path on your right taking the wider path as it climbs uphill to reach a road (grid ref. SK197637). Turn right along the road and follow the pavement past Lomberdale Hall on your left. Shortly after, there is a signed footpath on the other side of the road on your left. Take this uphill to reach another lane (grid ref. SK198641). Ignore the footpath opposite; instead turn left along the road for a short distance to take the Limestone Way signed on your right. This climbs out of the Dale and you are soon back at either the car park or roadside parking. If you are lucky the ice-cream man may be waiting for you to return!(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Back Lane parking area
1 : mi 0.99 - alt. mi 0.99 - Follow path down into Cales Dale
2 : mi 1.56 - alt. mi 1.56 - Cross footbridge and turn right
3 : mi 4.2 - alt. mi 4.2 - Cross Conksbury Bridge
4 : mi 5.68 - alt. mi 5.68 - Cross river and take lefthand path
5 : mi 6.74 - alt. mi 6.74 - Turn right across River Bradford
D/A : mi 7.95 - alt. mi 7.95 - Back Lane parking area

Useful Information

This varied walk traverses a section of the pretty Lathkill Dale, offers the chance to visit the village of Youlgreave and includes a section of Bradford Dale. Walking is generally easy and the route is mostly well signed. Opportunities for refreshment are limited and a visit to Youlgreave is necessary to quench your thirst.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 7
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Mon 29 Jul 2019 09:39:00 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 25/07/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

I walked from Youlgreave YHA with a lunch from Peak Feast (which was extremely tasty) and mostly just used the map rather than the description. Very straight forward to follow. A couple of times it was a struggle to find the next segment of path but always on my way again after a few seconds searching. Very busy with people next to Over Haddon and Youlgreave, but only a handful of walkers beyond that. The western end of lathkill dale was almost deserted and absolutely stunning.


Walker
on Mon 22 Jul 2019 09:16:49 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 20/07/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Such varied scenery and not a difficult walk. We go as a group of males, of differing ages, interests and abilities. Some just like to walk, some take photo's but we all enjoy the scenery and the open air. So we always try and find a walk that we are all capable of completing. This walk ticked all the boxes for us. Slightly underestimated the amount of interest and photographic opportunities, so due to stopping so many tines, we cut the walk short at 6.5miles, but we are going back to do the complete walk in the near future🙂👍
Thank you


Walker
on Mon 15 Jul 2019 09:51:52 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 15/07/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Such varied scenery and not a difficult walk. We go as a group of males, of differing ages, interests and abilities. Some just like to walk, some take photo's but we all enjoy the scenery and the open air. So we always try and find a walk that we are all capable of completing. This walk ticked all the boxes for us.
Thank you


Walker
on Mon 01 Apr 2019 10:02:05 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 30/03/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We did the walk back to front as I'd read a comment about all the steps and we'd rather walk up steps than down (dodgy knees). A beautiful area to walk in and the water was so clear, looked really inviting but not quite warm enough so we didn't have a paddle.


Walker
on Mon 10 Sep 2018 20:02:54 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 11/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

It's a great idea to walk this way round, as it avoids climbing hundreds of steps at the top of Cales Dale (you climb down them instead!). Also along Lathkill Dale to add: on the left-hand side look out for the Mandale Mine information board, very interesting ruin of engine house and history of lead mining, just a little way beyond 'Bateman's House' on the right, also worth a visit.


Walker
on Tue 07 Aug 2018 13:56:59 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 07/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk, lathkill Dale is beautiful, with. Good swimming spots in the summer. Crystal clear water.


Walker
on Mon 21 May 2018 21:55:14 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 26/04/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Very clear instructions and map. Went slightly wrong in a couple of locations, but realised errors almost straightaway. Glad to have stumbled upon this website.

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