Cracken Edge

The climb to the quarries of Cracken Edge is rewarded by a high-level promenade with industrial relics and fine views.

Technical sheet
No. 19570410
A Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire) walk posted on 23/02/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 23/02/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 7.42km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 292m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 290m
Highest point Highest point : 447m
Lowest point Lowest point : 166m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Peak District
Location Location : Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire)
Starting point Starting point : N 53.335311° / W 1.967393°
Download : -

Description

(D/A) From The Navigation INN door, facing the car park and canal, turn left, then bear left at the end of the car park to join the Peak Forest Tramway Trail.

(1) Pass a tramway arch on your left, and some houses on your right, then leave the Trail via a footbridge over the stream on the left. Turn left and follow the path as it curves up and away from the stream, ending at some steps leading up to a road (B6062).

(2) Cross the road and turn left to pass under the railway bridge into Brierley Green. Pass the Congregational Church and then turn sharp right into a footpath by a postbox. Head for the far right-hand corner of the field beyond to reach a stile and gate.

(3) Follow the right-hand edge of the next field, above a walled hollow way. When the walled section ends, head across to the highest point of the field, to a stone stile to the right of a barn with triangular openings.

Cross the drive beyond and head over a stile along a grassed terrace below a house and garden. Beyond the house and before a gate, turn left up stone-paved steps through the garden to a field gate. Beyond the gate continue uphill, passing through two further field gates and then following a wall until you reach a road (Over Hill Road).

(4) Turn right and walk downhill for a short distance to a stile and footpath sign on the left. Take the obvious footpath, which leads initially along a bank of spoil and climbs gradually to the quarries of Cracken Edge.

Eventually the path passes above a winding house with the remains of its wheel and crosses a land-slipped area on a narrow path.

(5) After a level interlude followed by a slight rise, when the path starts to descend towards the isolated farmhouse of Whiterakes, look out for a bench by the path dedicated to one Shirley Fidler. Immediately beyond this bench, leave the obvious path, heading obliquely left up the slope on an obscure path that heads towards an eroded gritstone outcrop.

Pick your way past the rocks to the top of the hill, then follow an obvious path beyond it, away from the edge and downhill to a stile.

(6) Follow the wall beyond the stile until you reach a walled track, where you turn left. Follow this walled track gradually downhill for 3⁄4 mile until you reach the road. Turn right and walk along the road for 100 yards or so then take a footpath on the left. Walk down the hill and go through a gate into the farmyard of Hill Farm.

(7) Swing right between the buildings and exit to the road along the farm drive. Turn left and follow the road downhill to a road junction, where you turn left. Follow this road for 1⁄2 mile to emerge in Brierley Green.

(8) Turn right and follow the road under the railway bridge. Beyond the primary school, turn left and follow the road down to journey’s end at the The Navigation INN. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 166m - The Navigation INN
1 : km 0.54 - alt. 176m - Peak Forest Tramway Trail - Footbridge
2 : km 0.72 - alt. 190m - Railway bridge - Brierley Green
3 : km 1.03 - alt. 205m - Stone-paved steps
4 : km 1.85 - alt. 324m - Quarries of Cracken Edge
5 : km 3.67 - alt. 447m - Whiterakes - Chinley Churn
6 : km 4.2 - alt. 418m - Hill Farm
7 : km 5.79 - alt. 285m - Brierley Green
8 : km 6.89 - alt. 193m - Railway bridge - Primary school
D/A : km 7.42 - alt. 166m - The Navigation INN

Useful Information

One stiff ascent and some rocky ground.

Pdf link : http://walksfromthedoor.co.uk/i/walks/De...

The Navigation INN
Bugsworth Basin, Brookside, Buxworth High Peak,
Derbyshire SK23 7NE
Tel: 01663 732072
Website: www.navigationinn.co.uk

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Other walks in the area

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 4.57km Vertical gain +63m Vertical drop -64m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

Good views over Whaley Bridge and Toddbrook Reservoir on the outward journey, and an easy canalside return.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 5.91km Vertical gain +195m Vertical drop -194m Durée 2h15 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

Starting out along the Peak Forest Tramway, returning via a climb to the elevated viewpoint of Eccles Pike.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 13.76km Vertical gain +445m Vertical drop -437m Durée 5h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

A hilly all-day walk with pub stops available at various points along the way.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 3.13km Vertical gain +43m Vertical drop -47m Durée 1h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

Over the hill to the historic canal town of Whaley Bridge, with an easy return along the towpath.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 5.54km Vertical gain +202m Vertical drop -200m Durée 2h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

A short but energetic stroll to a prominent local landmark, with glorious views in all directions.

Walker
distance 10.89km Vertical gain +366m Vertical drop -366m Durée 4h10 Moderate Moderate
Starting point Starting point in Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk provides a useful introduction to walking in this part of the National Park.

Walker
Comb Reservoir Circular
distance 6km Vertical gain +44m Vertical drop -48m Durée 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Chapel-en-le-Frith - Derbyshire

Circular route initially beside Comb Reservoir before climbing gently to Blackshaw Hall before descending back to reservoir.

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
distance 10.84km Vertical gain +295m Vertical drop -299m Durée 3h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside (Derbyshire) - Derbyshire

An energetic stroll along the Pennine Bridleway with gentler streamside interludes.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.