BIG New Year - Railways & Canals Circular

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BIG New Year in the Peaks 2019
Dec 30

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15km walk along former railway lines and canals, though some steep sections.

This is a 15km circular walk talking in canals and former railways.

We start at the Hostel at 9am, and head East along the High Peak Trail, a former railway line.  We have a brief stop for views and photos at Black Rocks before a steep descent down to High Peak Junction, the River Derwent and the Cromford Canal.  We'll pass the Leaford Pump House and continue down the canal for some time.  Heading up Shining Cliff Woods, we start weaving our way back home through the countryside.

In all there is around 480m of ascent, and some steep transitions.  The main descent is on the old railway though, so is a steady gradient.

Including stops for lunch, photos and a possible drink, it should take us around 6 hours.



Bridge No 1 Cromford Canal
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Shining Cliff Woods
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Bridge over the comford canal
path through shining cliff wood
Bridge over the comford canal
path through shining cliff wood


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