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Derbyshire Walk
Carsington Water, Hognaston & Madge Hill

County/Area - Derbyshire - South East Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km    Ascent - 700 feet / 212 metres

Time - 3 hours 30 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SK241517
Lat 53.062007 // Long -1.641836
Postcode DE6 1ST (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Carsington Water, Hognaston & Madge Hill

The circular walk in Derbyshire starts from the Carsington Water Visitor Centre and visits the village of Hognaston and its fine parish church. The walk then crosses fields to reach Madge Hill from where there are good views across the surrounding countryside and Carsington Water. The return route crosses fields back to the start. The walk lies outside the boundaries of the nearby Peak District National Park, but despite this, passes through some pretty, rolling countryside.

The start is the large pay and display car park adjacent to Carsington Water Visitor Centre (grid ref. SK241517), which can be reached by taking the B5035 from Ashbourne. After parking walk towards the Visitor Centre and locate the tarmac cycle path. Turn left along the cycle path and after 150 metres turn right at footpath fingerpost and cross the road. Follow the waymarks as the path crosses several fields to reach Enslet Lane (grid ref. SK237512). Turn left and after 200 metres follow the waymarks right and continue along the path to join Green Lane. Follow this lane uphill to St Bartholomew's church and the 'main' road through the village of Hognaston.

Turn left with the church on your left and then right onto a signed footpath by the bus stop (grid ref. SK235505). Entering the first field, initially walk half left (south) soon crossing a small stream. Maintain direction, following waymarks, across several more fields to pass Allow Mill (grid ref. SK232495). Maintain direction across two more fields to reach Jolly Lane by Highfields Farm (grid ref. SK232490).

Turn right along Jolly Lane and after 120 metres turn right into Winn Lane. Continue along Winn Lane for 800 metres to reach Shaws where you join a field on the north side of the property that leads to Atlow Winn (grid ref. SK222494). Do not turn right at Atlow Winn, instead keep ahead to join a field path that crosses several fields to join a lane just north of Madge Hill (grid ref. SK219498). Turn right along the lane. After 400 metres turn right up some steps to follow a waymarked path across fields for 1.5 kilometres to reach Hognaston (grid ref SK233507). Turn right along the road and then left into Green Lane just before the church. Retrace the outward route back to the start.

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