Bradwell to Bakewell
- Length: 18 km, 11.5 miles
- Maps: OS Explorer OL1 The Peak District - Dark Peak Area, OS Explorer OL24 The Peak District - White Peak Area, OS Landranger 110 Sheffield and Huddersfield, OS Landranger 119 Buxton and Matlock
- Approximate timing: 5hrs 30 mins
- Ascent: 450 metres
- Descent: 515 metres
- Maximum altitude: 313 metres
Sketch map of walk
- The walk starts at (A) the bus stop in Bradwell that is opposite the Shoulder of Mutton. Go back towards the town, a short distance from the bus stop, and take the first turning to the right. It is almost opposite the pub. This road leads to some steps. Go up these steps and continue up the road. At the junction with `Bessie Lane', turn right along `The Green'. This road comes to an end and there is a stile in the wall for a footpath up a hill.
Go over the stile and follow the path up the hill. The path goes through a gap in a wall and passes a small quarry on the left. It becomes indistinct on the ground as you reach the top of the hill. Bear slightly to the right. You are aiming for a track, that you can see ahead, that leads towards the main road . Turn right along this track.
- At the end of the track there are two gates. Go through the first gate and then look for the, possibly rather overgrown, footpath to the left. Follow this footpath past Hazelbadge Hall on to the road. Turn left along the road.
- At (B), GR -- SK 171797, take the track to the left, marked by a footpath sign and leading to Quarter's Farm. Just before you reach the farm buildings there may be a temporary footpath diversion that takes you further to the right of the farm than the footpath on the map. Follow these signs as well as possible to take you past the buildings. When you are past the buildings, whether or not there has been a diversion, look for a green footpath sign to your left. [There is electric fencing around so take care.]
The footpath divides in two here and our route is the left hand one, heading for Great Hucklow. Look for the footpath gate in the wall with a tree just to the left of it. Go through this gate.
Follow the footpath across the fields, through a footpath gate beside a water trough and over a couple of stiles. The views are excellent and there were new lambs when we did the walk.
At GR -- SK 174788 there is a stile that leads into a marshy dip and then up a slight hill. Bear a bit to the right across the marshy bit and as you climb up the other side you should see a footpath sign.
Follow the direction of the sign to Great Hucklow -- the path goes over a stile and becomes a track. Follow this track. It merges with another track coming in from the right and emerges onto the road at (C), GR -- SK 176779. Turn left onto the road to walk through Great Hucklow.
- At GR -- SK 179778, the road forks. Take the right hand fork sign posted to Grindlow. This is not the same as the sharper right turn off the road shortly before the fork.
Stay on the road as it passes through Grindlow and until you reach a T-junction with the road through Foolow. This is at (D), GR -- SK 181771. Cross the road carefully here and take the signposted bridleway that passes to the left of a house.
The bridleway is on the right of Silly Dale. At the end of Silly Dale it joins a track coming from the left (from Foolow) and continues to Stanley House, GR -- SK 179761. An access road comes in from the right at this point and there is a four way footpath sign. Follow the sign, that points roughly in the direction you are going, over a stile and across the fields towards the farm buildings below. You pass through a gap in a wall and then over at least one stile. Follow the path through the farm yard and onto the road at Wardlow Mires (E), GR -- SK 181755
- Turn right onto the road and pass the Three Stags Heads pub. Just after the road to Wardlow goes off to the left, there is a footpath sign on the left side of the road for a path that crosses a small wooden bridge and enters Cressbrook Dale. Take this path.
The route now follows the path along th bottom of Cressbrook dale. Cressbrook Dale is noted for spring flowers, particularly orchids. Shortly after entering the dale the path passes Peter's Stone a notable landmark.
The path passes a small wooden bridge (from the path through Tansley Dale) and shortly after passes through a gate into a more wooded part of the dale. While passing through an extensive area of wild garlic the path crosses a bridge -- the photo is looking back at the bridge after crossing.
The path passes through a gate with a water trough and passes bluebell woods on the right.
As the path passes Ravensdale Cottages it becomes a road. There is an area of water to the left as the road merges with another road from the right.
- Just after the road merger look for a footpath on the right that passes to the right of the Cressbrook Mill development.
Follow this footpath round to the right past an old house and rusting cogwheels.
At the fork in the paths, take the left hand path that goes over a bridge. The photos show the bridge and the the water and cliffs in Water-cum-Jolly Dale that can be seen from the area round the bridge.
The path now climbs up the dale side to reach the Monsal Trail. Turn left along the trail.
- At (F), GR -- SK172723 the Monsal Trail joins the old railway track bed as it emerges from a tunnel. Turn left onto this track.
Follow this track over the viaduct at Monsal Head and through the Headstone tunnel.
The track is easy to follow and continues to Bakewell. Our route follows it past Thornbridge Hall and over a bridge near a road junction where two roads merge on the left of the trail and then join a more major road on the right. Shortly after this the trail crosses a bridge over the major road again. After about another 300 metres look for a footpath crossing the track at (G), GR -- SK 213707. Take the footpath to the right that goes up and over a hill and down into Bakewell.
- The footpath passes through some woods and enters Bakewell on a track past various old buildings. The route crosses a footbridge over the Wye and emerges onto the A6. Turn left onto the A6 and follow it round to the bus stops at (H) GR --SK 217685.