859 Lea Bridge to Whatstandwell

When the cable snapped on Sheep Pasture Incline the wagons flew through the air over the road, the Cromford Canal and Midland Railway. Very spectacular, but a disaster in the making. So they built a catchpit. You pass it on this walk as you climb high above the Derwent Valley before returning beside the canal. There is the excitement of a tunnel then the walk leads through ancient woodland, full of bluebells and wild daffodils, before entering Nightingale country, home of the famous Florence.

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LOCATION: 4 miles south of Matlock
START: Fork left off A6 at Cromford, signed Lea & Holloway, High Peak Junction pay & display car park in 2 miles, toilets
Grid ref: SK315561 Postcode: DE4 5AA
DISTANCE: 6 (or 5) miles
GRADE: Moderate.
TIME: 3.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
EN ROUTE: Leawood Pumphouse, Smedley's Mill, Lea Hurst, Gregory Tunnel, Whatstandwell, Wigwell Aqueduct, Nightingale, Midshires Way

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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