Top 10 walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire – Lathkill Dale

The weather is set to be pretty good this coming weekend, a great time to go out and do this walk, and cool off your weary feet in the beautifully refreshing waters of the River Lathkill.

Lathkill Dale (Medium)

Lathkill Dale

Lathkill Dale

One of the most dramatic limestone gorges of The White Peak, Lathkill Dale offers stunning scenery, fascinating geological features and during the spring and summer months, a mesmerising array of rare wild flowers.  After heavy rain, the river Lathkill gushes out of a cave at the western end of the dale.  In dryer conditions is rises further down the valley to the east.

There is a path along the bottom of the dale which is quite rough and stony in places.  You can start from either Over Haddon or Monyash, walk as far along the dale as you want to, then re-trace your steps, or head off up the side of the dale to make a longer circular walk.

Over Haddon is a a neat little village set high up on a ledge above Lathkill Dale with some pretty little cottages and spectacular views over the surrounding hills and dales. There was some serious lead mining nearby and remnants can be seen all around. Monyash is an attractive old limestone village at the head of Lathkill Dale with a picturesque green at the centre of this peaceful White Peak village. Like Over Haddon it was formerly an important centre for lead mining and agriculture and grew up around a series of meres or ponds, which once held the village water supply. This weekend Monyash plays host to the Monyash Quilters ‘Quilts in the Peak’ event in the Methodist Church.

This is a popular area for walkers and holidaymakers alike so there’s an abundance of great places to stay.

Join us next week for a stroll around Ilam Park.

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