Chee Dale, Worm Hill and Monks Dale circular

This is a glorious walk in the Peak District National Park, starting on the Monsal Trail, before heading down to walk upstream along the river Wye in the limestone gorge of Chee Dale, then heading over the top of Worm Hill before heading back to the car park via the moss covered landscape of Monks Dale.

Technical sheet

A Wormhill walk posted on 05/03/23 by Out & Wild Adventures. Last update : 03/04/23
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 10.79 km
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    Calculated time: 5h10 
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    Difficulty: Difficult

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    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 722 m
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    Vertical drop: - 727 m

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    Highest point: 336 m
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    Lowest point: 201 m
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    District: Wormhill 
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    Start/End: N 53.256182° / W 1.794131°

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Monks Dale moss
Dry stone wall lined path
Chee Dale
Millers Dale Carpark


Start : The start and finish of the walk is from the Millers Dale car park. (SK17 8SN)///plus.quicksand.removers) Grid ref. SK 138 732

(S/E) From the car park, head West along the Monsal Trail, which is a wide, flat path and former railway.

Along the Monsal Trail, after 700m or so, make sure to stop at the former East Buxton Lime kiln (A), then carry on in the same bearing West.

(1) 140 m later, from the Monsal Trail, drop down the steps on the right hand side, down to the River Wye. Head up the stream (North-West) along the footpath. In this area, the path can be somewhat rocky, and up and down from the rivers edge so take care, especially if it is wet.

(2) 350m from down the step, the footpath splits, stay (West) alongside the river Wye on the board walk. The Chee Dale Nature reserve runs alongside the river here.

(3) After a change in direction, as you start to now head South, you come to a large section of overhanging limestone cliffs, and the first of two sets of stepping stones alongside them to continue along the walk. The stepping stones are well built, but may require a hand on the cliff face to balance. If there has been significant rain, they can also be submerged in places.

(4) A second set of stepping stones will require traversing, as before. After the stepping stones, cross the river using the wooden footbridge and pass underneath the large railway bridge with the Monsal Trail high above you. Continue following the footpath upsteam, crossing the river again a little bit later on so the river returns to your left hand side.

(5) After around 1.1 Km, at the junction, leave the rivers edge and start the ascent up to Worm Hill on your right. Take the path to the right hand side of the fence, before you go under the large bridge. This path joins up with the Pennine Bridleway as it zig zags out of the dale/gorge and up to Mosley farm.

(6) 410 m or so from the farm, leave the roadside, and head across the grass field in a North-East direction to a gate and style. This is where you can stop for a cup of tea and a sandwich (what three words - ///Exam.beast.atlas) before heading steeply down and back up again in Flag Dale. After passing through Hassop Farm, reach the road where you turn left (North).

(7) Walking for a short road section (255 m or so), take the track on the right signposted to 'Parish Church' and St Margrets Parish Church. Down the track you will take a left on a footpath into a farm.

(8) Then through a metal gate on your right to be back in open fields again. Here you will rediscover the Pennine Bridleway, which is lined on either side by typical dry stone walls. This starts the gentle descent from Worm Hill

(9) After all that descent, you now enter Monks Dale bearing right (South-East), which is a tree covered area, very rocky underfoot. The path is visible, but not easy to see, so take care through this section. It's very mossy, and there are some fallen trees to negotiate as well.

(10) After 1.5Km you start to lift out of the dale slightly, as you round a large bluff carry on walking in the same bearings.

(11) Cross a footbridge and keep right towards Miller's Dale, then right again to reach a road. At the road, turn left to get back to the car park and start point. (S/E)


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 224 m - Millers Dale car park
  2. 1 : km 0.82 - alt. 236 m - Steps - River Wye
  3. 2 : km 1.22 - alt. 229 m - Steps - Path junction
  4. 3 : km 1.81 - alt. 252 m - Overhanging limestone cliffs
  5. 4 : km 2.26 - alt. 247 m - Set of stepping stones
  6. 5 : km 3.62 - alt. 252 m - Junction - Leave riverside
  7. 6 : km 4.65 - alt. 317 m - Mosley farm - Leave roadside
  8. 7 : km 5.9 - alt. 324 m - Road
  9. 8 : km 6.65 - alt. 335 m - Metal gate
  10. 9 : km 7.54 - alt. 266 m - Monks Dale
  11. 10 : km 8.98 - alt. 224 m - Large bluff carry
  12. 11 : km 9.91 - alt. 216 m - Footbridge
  13. S/E : km 10.79 - alt. 224 m - Millers Dale car park

Useful Information

Start : The start and finish of the walk is from the Millers Dale car park. (SK17 8SN)///plus.quicksand.removers) Grid ref. SK 138 732

Parking : The start and finish of the walk is from the Millers Dale car park, located on the Monsal trail and well signposted from approaching routes by car. Parking cost £6 for all day.

Facilities : There is also a cafe and public toilets at the Millers Dale car park. (SK17 8SN)///plus.quicksand.removers) Grid ref. SK 138 732

You can find a video of this walk on the Out & Wild Adventures youtube channel here.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

During the walk or to do/see around

(A) Former East Buxton Lime kiln : a towering angular structure where they used to convert limestone into Quick lime and then loaded straight on to the trains. You can go inside and have a look around as well. This is now an animal hotel, with bat boxes and nesting areas for birds high up on the structure.

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