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WELLINGTON and the DAMBUSTERS
From a monument to the Duke of Wellington to the dams used for practice by 617 squadron during World War II, this is an interesting walk based on the fantastic Gritstone Edges of the Eastern Peak District . After an easy first day to get you warmed up, this walk then offers a challenging second day on the wild high moors. After this, you'll be ready for anything.
SW4 - Key Facts
Grade
Moderate
Some previous walking experience required.
Distance
26 Miles
Longest day - 15 Miles.
Season
All Year
Lovely colours in autumn
Nights
2
We will collect you at the end of the second day if you have left your car at the start.
Start
Baslow
FREE Car Parking available
Finish
Hope
Easy Rail and Bus links to Manchester.
Price
£145.00 pp
Price based on 2 sharing, single supplement £25-£30 per night. Extra night £30-40 pp

Route Outline
Day 1
You arrive in the quirky village of Baslow, with its strange church clock face, to spend a night in a comfortable and friendly inn.


Day 2 - 11 Miles
From Baslow you climb easily to "Wellington's Monument" and the curious Eagle Stone to spend a day on the dramatic edges of the eastern peak. Easy level walking takes you along the top of the gritstone crags of Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges to arrive for lunch at a pub high on the moors. From here you pass through the National Trust estate of Longshaw with breath taking views to the north and west, before an easy stroll along an ancient green drive in the magical Burbage valley.

At the top of the valley you pass behind a stone age fort and settlement to drop gently across moors and quiet woodlands into the home village of "Little John", Hathersage.


Day 3 - 15 Miles
A long day! From Hathersage you climb easily passing the historic "North Lees Hall" to the famous climbing grounds of Stanage Edge. Walking the length of this on easy level paths, you then cross the wild Derwent moors, passing strangely eroded natural rock sculptures to descend in to the pastoral idyll of the Derwent valley. Have your lunch right beneath the magnificent "Derwent Dam", used by RAF 617 Squadron for practice before their famous "Dambusters" raid.

You then have a short climb through well managed pinewoods to soon drop into the Woodlands valley. From here you follow in the footsteps of the Romans from 2,000 years ago on a long but gentle climb onto a wide ridge with fantastic views of Edale and Kinder Scout, to descend to your finish at the village of Hope. A shorter alternative route (6½ Miles) is available for this day, visiting the village of Bamford and climbing the spectacular but easy peak of "Win Hill" for amazing views over the northern moors.