BIG Peaky Weekender: Monsal Dale Shorter Walk (Sat 10.45)

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BIG Peaky Weekender 2022
Jul 30

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Good paths, on the whole, and with some ascent and descent. Around 6.5 miles / 10.5 km. Could be muddy in places.

This event is part of the OutdoorLads BIG Peaky Weekender 2022 and participation is intended for those attending the celebration Weekend.

If you're looking for a shorter walk on Saturday, this could be the one for you! 

Join us on for a circular walk that starts from the Peaky Weekender site and heads west along the Monsal Trail (the line of the former Midland Junction Railway) under the hill through the Headstone Tunnel (length 485m), emerging at the famous railway viaduct across Monsal Dale.  From here we walk along the high northern edge of the dale and drop down through the woods to Lees Bottom in the valley of the River Wye

Easy walking then follows through woodland alongside the river, passing an old mill with two water wheels and arriving at the well-known village of Ashford in the Water.  Here, we can stop for a drink at the pub or the café, next door to each other in the village, before making our way a mile up the lane back to our staring point. 

Distance: around 6.5 miles / 10.5 km with 350 metres ascent.

An alternative to lingering in Ashford would be to make best speed back to the hostel / campsite and investigate the café at Thornbridge Hall or take a tour of the gardens (garden ticket price in £7).  Both are open until 16:00 (the café can be accessed without needing a garden ticket).

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Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.

Photo credits: all photos by the event leader, with permission granted to ODL for their use.

River Wye near Ashford
Monsal signpost
Ashford in the water
River Wye near Ashford
Monsal signpost
Ashford in the water