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Walk the length of the beautiful River Wye, from where it meets the River Derwent in Rowsley to its emergence as a spring among boulders in Buxton. This easy two day walk on level, easy to follow paths is an excellent introduction to the Peak District.

This is a special walk where you stay at beautiful Monsal Head for BOTH nights, giving you access to your car whenever you are not walking, allowing you to see more of the area and the option of shortening one or both days of the walk to make it as easy as you desire.

SW1 Key Facts
Gentle walking on good paths
22 Miles
Longest day - 12 Miles (max).
All Year
Best April to October - the Autumn colours are spectacular
Includes transport to the Bed and Breakfast
Monsal Head
FREE Car Parking available
Easy Rail and Bus links to Manchester.
£140.00 pp
Price based on 2 sharing, single supplement £25-£30 per night.
Extra night in Buxton or Monsal Head £30-40 per person

Route Outline
Day 1
You arrive at Monsal Head to spend a night at the famous inn or a delightful bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - Max 10 Miles
After a leisurely breakfast, we will collect you and transport you to the start of the walk in Calver, between the two grand country houses of Chatsworth and Haddon. After a short detour to see where the waters meet, you walk easily through fields passing the beautiful Haddon Hall, famous for the recent Jane Eyre series, to wander along the side of the river into the historic market town of Bakewell.

After the compulsory pudding and cup of tea, you then pass through the delightful village of Ashford-in-the-Water, with its famous "Sheepwash" bridge. From here you stroll gently up through a lovely wood before dropping back to follow the river under the renowned Monsal Viaduct to a steep, but very short, climb back to your accommodation, with its amazing panoramic view point.

Day 3 - Max 12 Miles
Leaving the Monsal Head, you drop back down to walk over the old viaduct and follow the easy converted railway of the Monsal Trail along the valley. You pass the historic mills of Cressbrook and Litton as you make your way along the delightfully named Water-cum-Jolly. Coots, moorhens and dippers are easy to spot on the gentle flowing river.

Mighty cliffs loom over head as you pass through Millers Dale and on into Chee Dale, the cliffs come so close to the water in two places you have to walk on large stepping stones along the river’s edge. You then climb easily to the rim of the valley to avoid a busy road before crossing the dale to the tranquil village of King Sterndale. From here an easy stroll over fields leads you through the parks and gardens of the Victorian Spa town of Buxton and the source of the river.

Monsal Viaduct
Haddon Hall
Ashford in the Water Church