- Start: Monsal Trail, Miller’s Dale station
- End: Monsal Trail, Miller’s Dale station
- Country: England
- County: Derbyshire
- Type: Country
- Ordnance Survey: OL 24 White Peak
- Difficulty: Medium
Tunnels, wild flowers and a magnificent view are the rewards for those who head for the Derbyshire Dales on Pat Tidsall's summer county walk
From Bakewell take the A6 Buxton route. In six miles turn right along the B6049. In about 1¼ miles on the outskirts of Miller’s Dale turn sharp left (Wormhill) up and around the steep hill, passing under two bridges. Immediately after the second bridge turn very sharp left into the car park (pay and display).
Although a short walk, this route is over some of the more interesting areas in this part of Derbyshire. The trail goes through three old railway tunnels which were opened up in May 2011 for walkers and cyclists. Between the tunnels there is a riot of wild flowers which have been undisturbed for many years and are therefore a botanist’s delight. There is one steep climb of about a quarter of a mile and the reward is magnificent views of the limestone cliffs and valleys round Miller’s Dale and Blackwell. At the end of the route in Miller’s Dale another quarter of a mile will take you to the Angler’s Rest on the Litton Mill road.
Parking and start: Monsal Trail, Miller’s Dale station
Grid Ref: SK139733 Map: OL 24 White Peak
Linear distance: 5 miles
Approximate height climbed: 200 to 300ft
Approximate time: 2 to 2½ hours
Paths: The trail, field paths and tracks, 300 metres of busy B6049
Refreshments: In Miller’s Dale
Picnic: car park (Miller’s Dale station)
Toilets: car park (Miller’s Dale station)
1. Leave the car park via the far end of the parking area where you pass by a gate.
2. Keep straight on along the Monsal Trail, ignoring all side paths and following the Wye Dale route.
3. (A) Pass the old lime kilns on the right then cross the bridge where there are often abseiling groups. Enter the well-lit Chee Dale Tunnel which will take about five minutes to walk.
4. Cross a bridge then another shorter unlit tunnel (Chee Dale No. 2 Tunnel) after another open (floral) section you will walk through the last short Rusher Cutting Tunnel.
5. Cross a bridge by the massive limestone cliffs of Chee Dale and keep straight on, still following the Wye Dale route.
6. In about 1½ miles from the car park and just before the end of the trail you will see an information notice board on the right and a track off right to the Wye Dale car park. At this point leave the trail to turn
7. At the top of the short flight of steps cross the only stile. Start the steep climb up the stony and grassy path following the boundary on the left.
8. In about a quarter of a mile, and before you reach the A6, turn left through a gate signed ‘Pennine Bridleway’. (C)
9. Walk round the dew pond on your left to contour round the hillside on a track, crossing a farm track and going through four gates/gateways. After the fourth gate the track is walled.
10. After a gate at the end of the track join the road and turn left. (D)
11. Walk through Blackwell crossing the B6049 to walk on up the Priestcliffe Taddington road for just over quarter of a mile to where the road bends right.
12. (E) Leave the road to turn left onto the Limestone Way. Follow this gradually descending track for nearly one mile, ignore a track off right.
13. Join the busy B6049 to continue downhill for about 300 metres. There is a narrow ‘path’ on the left hand side of the road.
14. In Miller’s Dale turn sharp left up the Wormhill road and in a few metres turn left to follow the Monsal trail route.
15. Walk up the wooded 73 steps and short path to turn right back to Miller’s Dale Station and car park.