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Walk 3709 - printer friendly version

Sparklow, Crowdicote & Pilsbury Circular Walk

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 9.0 miles / 14.6 km

Ascent - 900 feet / 273 metres

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SK128659
Lat 53.1900380 + Long -1.8098892
Postcode SK17 9QJ (approx. location only)

This Peak District circular walk from Sparklow on the High Peak Trail offers relatively easy walking to explore the Upper Dove Valley between Crowdicote and Pilsbury. The route uses generally well signed paths and bridleways, and offers an interesting exploration of the limestone landscape of this area. The start is reached off the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton road, between Parsley Hay and Pomeroy.

The start is the Hurdlow car park at Sparklow (grid ref. SK128659). After parking walk the short way to the High Peak Trail and head northwest along this excellent trail. Continue along the trail for about three kilometres to reach the end of the trail (grid ref. SK111673). Turn left along cycleway 68 passing an extensive quarry on your right to reach a lane (grid ref. SK109665). Turn right and continue for 650 metres to reach Wheeldon Trees and a road junction. Bear right and almost immediately take the path adjacent to the fingerpost on your left. You soon reach the boundary of National Trust High Wheeldon. Turn right as directed by a yellow area and continue downhill with the wall to your right. Continue to a road (grid ref. SK098663).

Turn left and continue below High Wheeldon which rises steeply on your left. After 300 metres turn right down a narrow-surfaced lane (Green Lane). After 200 metres the lane bears right, turn right over a wall stile along a waymarked path keeping the wall on your left. Follow this path past Meadow Farm to regain the road in Crowdicote. Turn right along the road. Turn right at the next T-junction, continue past the Packhorse Inn and the next two cottages to turn left along a no through road (grid ref. SK101652). You are now on the South Peak Loop bridleway. Pass Bridge End Farm on your left and continue for 800 metres across fields to cross a walled green lane (grid ref. SK108645). Continue straight ahead on a signed path across two large fields to cross the bridleway by Pilsbury Castle (grid ref. SK115639).

Follow the yellow arrows veering left uphill from the bridleway at Pilsbury Castle. The path reaches a lane by a barn (grid ref. SK121635). Cross the lane and maintain direction across fields passing the pool marked on OS maps (grid ref. SK129634). More fields are crossed to reach another road by Vincent House Farm (grid ref. SK1376320). Cross the road and follow the signed path through the farmyard. Continue ahead on the right-hand track continuing straight ahead where the track bends to the right. The onward path to Parsley Hay crosses several fields with the path following walls on your left to reach a small wooden gate and a road at Darley Farm (grid ref. SK142637).

Turn right along the road then left into Darley Farm. Follow the yellow arrows through the farmyard and continue across a field (wall on your right) to regain the High Peak Trail. Turn left and you have three kilometres of easy walking back to the start.

Walk 3709 Route Map

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