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DERBYSHIRE - Whaley Bridge to Hayfield

WALK A - 11 miles, overall ascent 1700ft

We start the walk at Whaley Bridge by passing the damaged Toddbrook Reservoir. An ascent takes us below Hawkhurst Head and out on to Whaley Moor that passes the Cliff and continues upwards to the highest point of the walk on the edge on Lantern Woods. From here we descend into Lyme Park and pass its house and buildings before picking up the North Cheshire Way to ascend Cage Hill. We then descend down through the park to Disley and Hagbank to walk along the Peak Forest Canal towpath then down again to the River Goyt at Waterside, here the B Walk joins.

WALK B - 8.5 miles, ascent of 800ft.

From Whaley Bridge we take the Peak Forest Canal path to Furness Vale. Here we leave the canal and head out over the moor, below Broadhey Hill, to Seven Springs. The track takes us down to the River Goyt at Waterside.

Both walks now follow the same route along the River Goyt and on the Torrs Millennium Walkway to New Mills. The deep gorge twists and turns till we meet an industrial site that has harnessed the water power of the converging rivers of the Goyt and Sett, some 100ft below New Mills town. We leave the gorge and take the Sett Valley Trail, an old disused railway line, that runs from New Mills, via Birch Vale, to Hayfield.

WALK C - approx. 5 miles

We don't have a leader for this walk. If there are less than 3 people wanting to do a C Walk, we will ask them to explore the area by themselves. If they are more than 3 then a led walk will take place.