Peak District Walk
The edges of Combs Moss near Chapel-en-le-Frith
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Walk Route Description
Walkers motoring between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton must have looked up to this moor on their right, which was always sadly lacking in footpaths with no right-of-ways or public access. Now, thanks to Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000, this area is "Open Access". This is a Peak District walk with fantastic views so choose a day with good visibility. The walk is also unique as there is only one path with no alternatives so instructions are minimal. A map is only required to pick out the start and the distant farms and peaks. Due the grouse moors dogs are not permitted on sections of this route.
The walk starts at the most northern point of the edge on a narrow lane between Combs village and Dove Holes. There is very limited parking on the side of the road by the new stile (Grid ref. SK052786) south of Bank Hall Farm. There is also a short public footpath from Chapel's Railway Station via Bank Hall Farm to the start.
Head up the very steep hill path to the remains of an Iron Age Fort at Castle Naze. The gritstone cliffs in the vicinity are very popular with climbers. On reaching the top, turn right and follow the narrow path along Combs Edge with views of Combs Reservoir. The path continues to follow the wall. At Pyegreave Brook it cuts back into the moor before bearing west then swinging south east joining a 4x4 track from Allstone Lee Farm leading up to two substantial buildings for Grouse shooting parties.
Still following the wall and edge, the track heads south west to the corner overlooking White Hall Centre and in the distance Fernilee & Errwood Reservoirs in the Goyt Valley. Still keeping the wall on your right, follow the path left to head south. The Old Buxton Road (Roman Road) and the busy newer Buxton A5004 road are clearly visible below.
The path still follows the wall sweeping south towards Moss House Farm, with views now of Buxton and Axe Edge in the distance. Just after Lightwood Reservoir, below, the path cuts left up Flint Clough, no guessing what was found here, then doubles back to follow the wall again. We are now heading north along Black Edge towards the trig point.
Its worth looking back here to see the vast Grouse moor, with the Dove Holes to Buxton road and, in the distance, Kinder Scout. The next name on the map is Hob Tor looking down on Dove Holes village then its Short Edge to the Iron Age Fort and a descent back to your start.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2534 Chinley Churn & South Head - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 3407 Chinley to Edale without a car - moderate - 9.3 miles/15 km
Walk 2576 Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valley - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km
Walk 3510 Shining Tor, Cats Tor & Foxlow Edge - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 1092 Taxal Edge, Jenkin Chapel & Pym Chair from Errwood - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 1728 Axe Edge Moor & Three Shires Head - easy/mod - 7.2 miles/11.7 km
Walk 3136 Shining Tor & Goyt's Clough from Derbyshire Bridge - easy/mod - 5.1 miles/8.3 km
Walk 1174 Kinder Low & Mount Famine from Hayfield - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 1182 Kinder Downfall from Hayfield - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1233 Shining Tor & Windgather Rocks from Lamaload - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Dark Peak Walks
Guidebook to 40 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys.
Walking in Derbyshire
Walking guidebook to 60 circular day walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Includes the Derwent, Wye and Trent river valleys, near Derby, Matlock, Glossop, Bakewell and Ripley. Routes range from easy to moderate and are between 4 and 14km (2 to 10 miles). Walks focus on places of interest, from Stone Age forts to castles to grand estates.
This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.