Monsal Trail & Ashford-in-the-Water from Lees Bottom

A circular Peak District Walk that inclues a number of the highlights of the area to the west of Bakewell. The route includes sections along the River Wye, visits Monsal Head, uses a section of the Monsal Trail and Great Shacklow Wood. The walk does have a sting in the tail as there is a lengthy ascent towards the end of the walk.

Technical sheet
A Taddington walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 20/08/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h40[?]
Distance Distance : 14.3km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 234m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 226m
Highest point Highest point : 259m
Lowest point Lowest point : 131m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Taddington
Starting point Starting point : N 53.23216° / W 1.74631°
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VIADUCT

Description

(D) Exit the carpark at Lees Bottom onto the A6 main road. Cross over to the signed path, descend the awkward stile and follow into the woodland. Where the path splits keep right and continue down to the River Wye. Follow this pleasant path upstream through Monsal Dale. Just before the old railway viaduct turn left and climb up to the old railway track. Turn right and cross the viaduct. Then take the path on the left that climbs up to Monsal Head with its wonderful views across the dale and railway viaduct.

(1) From the road junction at Monsal Head take the lane towards Little Longstone. Continue through Little Longstone, passing the pub on the left and telephone box on the right. After The Hollow B&B/Tea Room take the next footpath on the right signed to Monsal Trail. Follow this path through the field to Monsal Trail. There follows a section of easy walking going past Thornbridge Hall on your right to cross the A6020. About three hundred metres further on ascend to the walled lane and walk south (grid ref. SK213707).

(2) Continue on this bridleway across Cracknowl to reach the River Wye. Cross the river and walk up to the A6. Turn right along the A6 passing Lumford Mill on your right. At grid ref. SK209690) take the footpath on your right. This path loops along beside the River Wye before returning to the A6. Turn right along the A6, cross the old bridge over the River Wye and walk into the centre of Ashford-in-the-Water. Turn left down Greaves Lane, left again into Church Street, continuing to cross the bridge on your left over the River Wye to the A6.

(3) Turn right along the A6, taking the lane on your left (signed to Sheldon). Where the road bends to the left, go straight ahead onto the signed footpath at grid ref. SK189694. This path leads alongside the River Wye. Ignore paths off to your left and continue straight ahead. You will enter Great Shacklow Wood. Initially the path stays by the river but eventually climbs steadily through the wood. Reaching a steep open field at the end of the wood, turn right and descend back to the start.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Lees Bottom car park
1 : km 2.89 - alt. km 2.89 - Turn left along lane
2 : km 6.39 - alt. km 6.39 - Descend to lane and walk south
3 : km 10.94 - alt. km 10.94 - Turn right along A6
D/A : km 14.3 - alt. km 14.3 - Lees Bottom car park

Useful Information

For the most part this walk follows well used paths and trails. Do remember that there is a lengthy ascent towards the end of the route through Great Shacklow Wood. The start is the pay and display car park at Lees Bottom (grid ref. SK170706) where there are also public toilets. Refreshments can be obtained at Monsal Head and in the village of Ashford-in-the-Water.

Please note that in poor weather, Monsal Dale can be muddy from where the route joins all the way to the viaduct.

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

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4/5
Number of opinions : 6
Description quality : 3.67/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4.33/5


Admin hiker
on Tue 20 Aug 2019 15:31:24 CEST

Many thanks ! We did the changes in the description

Cheers,
Aurélie - Community manager.


Walker
on Sun 18 Aug 2019 11:52:03 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 16/08/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Really enjoyed the walk. 2 minor errors on route description.

End of paragraph 1 should be 300 metres, not 3 metres.

Also end of paragraph 2 says after walking down church St, turn right over the Wye. This should be left.

That aside a lovely walk, passing 3 conveniently placed pubs.


Walker
on Wed 14 Aug 2019 11:27:49 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 13/08/19
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Very good walk, however not for beginner walkers as the length of walk on this site isn’t realistic. We have GPS walkers and they said 25km by the end of the day.
Excellent views and fantastic walk though.


Walker
on Mon 01 Jul 2019 09:13:30 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 08/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Fantastic walk and description.


Walker
on Mon 08 Apr 2019 09:27:23 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 07/04/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

A very pleasant walk with plenty to see. A steep descent for our start and a steep ascent to our finish. Nice to catch sight of the only wild rainbow trout in the county.


Walker
on Mon 16 Jul 2018 21:07:14 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 22/06/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

Nice easy walk for average walker. On the day toilets at Monsal viaduct were closed but you can't have everything!

It has been quite a while since we waked some of this route and the link on the Monsal trail made it convenient and interesting.


Moderator hiker
on Wed 21 Feb 2018 19:26:06 CET

Many thanks for your feedback on this walk. I've made the changes you mentioned to the walk description so that it is clearer for future hikers. If you have any photos of the walk, please feel free to post them


Walker
on Tue 20 Feb 2018 13:18:27 CET

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 19/02/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Monsal Dale is extremely muddy from where the route joins all the way to the viaduct. After (1) the directions state "Take the first footpath on your right opposite the chapel (grid ref. SK187716). Continue along this path to turn left onto the Monsal Trail." This is incorrect. There is no access to the Monsal Trail from this path. The directions should state: "Continue through Little Longstone, passing the pub on the left and telephone box on the right. After The Hollow B&B/Tea Room take next footpath on the right signed to Monsal Trail. Follow this path through field to Monsal Trail."

After crossing the A6020, the description should read "About three hundred metres further on ascend (not descend) to walled lane and walk south (grid ref. SK213707)." This track climbs steadily and becomes extremely muddy all the way to the summit before descending again towards the River Wye.

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