508 Musden Wood

Spring has really arrived when the first primrose makes its appearance. The name comes from Latin, meaning "first rose" and with masses of wood anemones and celandines, followed by starry ramsons and swathes of bluebells, Musden Wood is not to be missed. After a wet spell the "primrose path" is not an easy way, but a bit of mud is a small price to pay for one of the loveliest floral displays in the Peak District.

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LOCATION: South Peak District
START: Ilam Hall. Follow signs to Ilam from A523. NT car park, toilets
Grid ref: SK132507 Postcode: DE6 2AZ
DISTANCE: 5 miles
GRADE: Moderate with a steep ascent, probably muddy
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
REFRESHMENTS: Manifold Tea Room (open in season)
EN ROUTE: River Manifold

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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