100 Lathkill Dale & Bradford Dale

Below us, in the deep green pools of Lathkill Dale, fat trout lay still, while by the shady banks moorhens and coots reared their downy young. Then joining the River Bradford we followed it upstream past sparkling weirs where a flash of brilliant yellow revealed a grey wagtail. These dales are lovely throughout the summer, but the third week in June there is an extra delight, for the ancient lead mining settlement of Youlgreave celebrates its well dressing. With its springs, wells, and even a water tank decorated with flower petals, the village will be at its best.

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LOCATION: Ten miles south-east of Buxton
START: Follow signs to Youlgreave from A515, then to Picnic Area at Moor Lane
Grid ref: SK194645 Postcode: DE451LU
DISTANCE: 6 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Outdoor Leisure-White Peak Landranger 119
REFRESHMENTS: Take a flask
EN ROUTE: Meadow Place Grange, Over Haddon, Coalpit Bridge, Raper Lodge, Conksbury Bridge, Alport

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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