Youlgreave - Rivers and Dales Walk
A circular walk around the village of Youlgreave in the Derbyshire Peak District. The walk visits the popular Lathkill Dale using a section of the Limestone Way which runs past the village. There's riverside trails, woodland paths, some moderate climbs and great views over the Peak District.
The walk starts on the River Bradford, just to the south of the village. Here you can pick up the Limestone Way and head west towards Middleton. Just before you get to Middleton you cross the river and climb towards Lathkill Dale. The dale is one of the real highlights of the area with large limestone cliffs, peaceful woodland and pretty waterfalls. It's also great for wildlife with ducks, herons, wagtails, dippers, waterhens and coots to look out for on the water.
The trail follows the River Lathkill round to Over Haddon. Near here you will pass the site of a deserted medieval village, Conksbury, on the south bank of the river.
After crossing Conskbury Bridge you continue towards Alport, at the confluence of the River Bradford and the River Lathkill.
Here you pick up the River Bradford again and follow it back into Youlgreave.
To continue your walking in the Yougreave area you could head a few miles east and visit Stanton Moor. Here you can see four Bronze Age stone circles including the well known Nine Ladies.
The settlements of Ashford in the Water and Bakewell are nearby. There's lots of fine trails to follow through the surrounding countryside.
Also of interest is the Peak District Inn Way which passes the village. The long distance trail visit 53 traditional country pubs in the Peak District.
Youlgreave Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Youlgreave Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Youlgreave OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Youlgreave Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Walks near Youlgreave
- Lathkill Dale - Enjoy a splendid riverside walk in the beautiful Lathkill Dale in the Peak District
- Limestone Way - Travel through the beautiful Peak District National Park on this walk through Derbyshire and into Staffordshire.
The walk starts at Castleton, passing through the scenic Cave Dale and past the remains of Peverill Castle
- Stanton Moor - This upland area near the Derbyshire village of Stanon-in-Peak has good walking trails, attractive woodland and fascinating ancient historical sites to visit.
You can start the walk at the village of Stanon-in-Peak near Matlock
- Bakewell - The market town of Bakewell makes and excellent base for exploring the Derbyshire Dales area of the Peak District National Park.
This long circular walk visits some of the villages, parks, woods and hills surrounding the town
- Peak District Inn Way - Visit 51 traditional country pubs on this circular walk through the Peak District.
- Arbor Low - Visit this Neolithic henge monument and enjoy some lovely moorland scenery on this fascinating circular walk in the Peak District
- Ashford in the Water - The pretty Peak District village of Ashford in the Water has some nice walking trails to try along the River Wye
- Bradford Dale - This lovely riverside walk from Youlgreave takes you along the River Bradford before climbing above the village for some great views.
Start the walk in the village and follow Hollywell Lane to the river
- Nine Ladies Stone Circle Walk - This walk visits the fascinating Bronze Age stone circle of the Nine Ladies in the Derbyshire Peak District.
- Birchover - This Peak District village is a fine place to start a walk
- Robin Hood's Stride - This walk visits Robin Hood's Stride, a wonderful rock formation near Bakewell in Derbyshire.
- Magpie Mine - This walk visits the Magpie Mine from the Derbyshire village of Sheldon
- Over Haddon - This delightful little village sits in a lovely location in the Derbyshire Peak District.
- Haddon Hall - This walk visits Haddon Hall near Bakewell and Over Haddon in the Derbyshire Peak District.
The Bulls Head is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The 17th century coaching inn includes black and white features and sits in the centre of the village. They have a good menu and a garden area to sit out in. You can stay over here in one of the rooms as well. It is located at Church Street with postcode DE45 1UR.
In Over Haddon you could enjoy a pit stop at the noteworthy Lathkil Hotel. The hotel sits in a wonderful elevated position so you can enjoy panoramic views with your meal. If the sun is shining the outdoor area is one of the best in the country with tremendous country views.
The Peak District Pub Walk - The Inn Way passes through the village. The circular route takes you to over 50 pubs in the National Park. It's a great one for those into walking and the pub history of the area.
The woodland and country trails make for a fine dog walk. The Bulls Head mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north you will find the village of Sheldon and the noteworthy Magpie Mine. Here you can explore a series of well preserved Lead Mines which date back to the 1600s. The historical site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and another of the local area highlights.