Micro Event: Scenic High Tor, Cocking Tor and Waterfalls Circular

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jul 17

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Approximately 9 miles / 14.5km with some steep ascents, but we will take our time.

This is always a popular walk so if you haven't tried it before - jump in!

It starts by ascending the great limestone cliff of High Tor which towers over the River Derwent. The view from the summit area of the tor is very impressive, all the more so because the cliff edge is totally unfenced and even those with a head for heights are likely to find the drop unnerving.

There is an excellent view of Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham on the opposite hill and for those with strong nerves, a narrow path called Giddy Ledge, winds across part of the cliff.

We then pass by the the ruins of Riber Castle and Tansley Moor to a steep and rocky path which requires a short section of scrambling up to Cocking Tor where we will stop for our lunch. Cocking Tor is a gritstone crag favoured by climbers. At the top inspect the inscriptions in the rock one of which dates back to 1896.

The crag is often used as a launch point for paragliders and it has great views of the surrounding countryside and Ogston Reservoir. Again a good head for heights will be required.

After lunch we will head back via the picturesque Lumsdale Valley, where ruined industrial mills and scenic waterfalls can be found cascading through the valley. We then return through Matlock to our starting point.


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  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
  • All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop.
  • Please join events within around one hour’s travel from your home, rather than travelling longer distances to get there.
  • Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
  • Public transport use to the start point is discouraged, as this is a non-essential journey. No car sharing to the start point unfortunately either.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitising gel for your own use throughout the day. Use of face coverings is at your own choice.
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  • Please, please cancel at your earliest opportunity if you are unable to attend or are unwell, so that we can allow others to take up these valuable event spaces.
  • Much as it's difficult - no handshakes or hugs!

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