6th May 2018
Coach Trip to Bakewell
The trip to Leyburn has been changed to Bakewell, due to the Tour de Yorkshire passing close to Leyburn and the roads will become impassable.
Bakewell is a small market town in the Derbyshire Dales The town us well known for the local confection Bakewell pudding. It is sits on the River Wye, The town is close to Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.
The coaches will rendezvous at Buxton for a comfort stop.
A Walk Leader Anthony Fleetwood 12 miles Moderate OFF SECOND
We leave the coach at Taddington Wood and start the walk through Deep Dale to the village of Sheldon. From here we go to Over Haddon via Bole Hill our highest point of the day (356 metres) then along the banks of the River Lathkill to Haddon Fields and then into Bakewell via the River Wye. The walk is mostly fields and could be muddy.
B Walk Leader Michael Bates 10 miles Moderate OFF FIRST
The Monsal Trail is a former Midland railway line from Topley Pike, just east of Buxton and Bakewell. We will have nice views along the trail and also walk through tunnels – the longer ones being illuminated. We leave the coaches just 3 miles after Buxton and initially follow the river Derwent, then taking the trail and have lunch at Millers Dale (toilets and often a mobile snack van). Further on we reach Monsal Head where we will climb a short but steep incline to take in the views. Returning to the trail we go through the first tunnel and continue on the trail to pass Hassop Station eventually arriving in Bakewell.
Other than the climb to Monsal Head the walk is on fairly level firm ground and can be done in a decent pair of trainers if desired. As the trail is likely to be busy with other walkers and cyclists it is recommended that we proceed no more than 2 abreast.
C Walk Leader Paul Brown 7 miles Moderate OFF THIRD
The walk starts on the A6 road a few miles to the north west of Bakewell (Grid Ref.SK 158 714 ), from where we walk uphill along a country lane to the hamlet of Brushfield, then join a track which takes us eastwards to the railway viaduct over the River Wye. From here there is a short but steep climb to Monsal Head , from where we can enjoy the impressive views over Monsal Dale and Upper Dale. We continue to the pleasant villages of Little Longstone and Great Longstone, then follow field paths to reach the Monsal Trail. We follow the trail until it reaches the edge of Bakewell, then leave it to walk into the town. Walk surfaces are rocky and muddy in places so care is needed. Good views and some interesting railway history along the Monsal Trail.
D Walk Leader Tony Culverhouse 6 miles Moderate/Easy Starts at coach park
Leaving the coach we head east from Bakewell and a short climb on a footpath through Manners Wood takes us to Ballcross Farm. A lane then leads to a bridleway which descends to the hamlet of Edensor. A footpath leads us on to the famous Chatsworth House. We then follow the River Derwent downstream to Calton Lees. We then climb along a bridleway to Calton Houses and Calton Pastures then descending back through Manners Wood to Bakewell.
Pick up time for return journey 6.00pm from the coach park. Please do not ask the driver for extra stops on the way home as this can be dangerous and make the return journey longer for everyone. Blackburn coach to drop off in Darwen first, Burnley coach has Clayton le Moors as first stop.
Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points
08:00 Clitheroe : York Street
08:05 Whalley : King Street
08:10 Harwood : Nightingales Garage
08:20 Clayton : Hare and Hounds
08:25 Accrington : Victoria Hospital
08:30 Accrington :Whalley Rd, Kwik Fit
08:35 Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre
08:40 Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog
08:50 Blackburn : Penny Street
08:50 Ewood : Empire Theatre
08:55 Darwen : Lynwood Avenue
09:00 Darwen : Boots Duckworth St
08:00 Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road
08:02 Colne : Colne Bus Station
08:05 Colne : Library
08:10 Colne : Alkincoates
08:15 Barrowford : Heritage Centre
08:20 Nelson : Bus Station
08:30 Brierfield : Town Hall
08:35 Burnley : Brennard Street
08:40 Burnley : Bus Station
08:40 Burnley : Tim Bobbin
08:45 Padiham : Whitegates
08:50 Padiham : Town Hall
09:00 Clayton : Hare and Hounds