By WALX Derwent and Dales at
We are looking forward to the Spring when we hope restrictions will be lifted as we are putting plans into place to run our Rustick WALX Weekender Event in May.
A mini Festival of Nordic Walking in the Peak District – join the local NWUK Instructors on walks and social events (if restrictions are lifted) – If you have a FREEDOM pass you can choose and book each walk directly with the Instructor or, if you book one of the walks offered by WALX Derwent and Dales you can walk without poles and do not require a FREEDOM pass.
Discovering Ashbourne and its Traditions
Jacky Brown – 09.30 – 5 miles
A historic walk visiting one of the goals for the traditional Shrovetide football game, where there are no rules. An old Mill, now a Yarn factory, situated on a site that was a water-powered corn mill 700 years ago which has had several reincarnations over the centuries and an old railway tunnel which leads you back to Ashbourne old station
Enchanting Bluebells and Glorious Ancient Woodlands
Sam Armstrong 10.00 – 6 miles
This is an exhilarating walk in an area steeped in history through a wide variety of Derbyshire scenery, passing through rich woodland at various heights, giving glorious panoramic views over the surrounding countryside with an abundance of bluebells in the woods
Dovedale Challenge Walk
Janneke Gorzeman 10.00 9 miles
This is a challenging walk because of the distance & the hills, but also one with far reaching views. The ultimate hill bagging challengein this area. Walk three hills dipping in and out of Dovedale.
Bakewell Trails and Dales
June Holden 11.00 – 8 miles
This iconic walk which takes us through the edge of Bakewell, via Ashford in the Water, Monsal Head and Great Longstone. Magnificent views in the Monsal Valley.
Ruins, Relics and Limestone Outcrops
Ian Midupp 12.00 – 7 miles
One of the great Peak District walks in the Staffordshire sector of the National Park. Soak up the history of the area passing Throwley Old Hall, the only surviving example of a large medieval manor house. This walk is notable for the excellent views throughout the route.
In the Footsteps of Isaak Walton
Ralph Eales – 13.00 – 4 miles
A delightful short walk starting from the picturesque hamlet of Milldale. This Peak District walk explores the River Dove in Dovedale, Milldale and Halldale in the White Peak. The route includes typical landscapes of the Derbyshire and Staffordshire dales. One of the Peak Districts most iconic walks.
Saturday May 1st
Colin McLean 09.00
Colin has been delivering Speedhyking regularly and would like to share the techniques with you to give you a taste of how to improve your cardio fitness, protect your joints, surpass yourself and improve your hiking abilities. You can set yourself increasingly difficult challenges and exceed your limits, you will get your adrenalin pumping and feel satisfied with your efforts without harming your body.
On the Trail of the Green Knight (with Breakfast)
Ian Middup 10.00 (09.00 meet up, breakfast)
An 8-mile circular walk north of Leek, along “The Roaches” in the Staffordshire Peak District. With weird rock formations; sightings of peregrine falcons (hopefully)and red grouse and Lud’s Church – a hidden cleft with its own micro-climate and flora. This route on Staffordshire’s Roaches follows in the footsteps of Sir Gawain from the 14th- century tale.
Curbar, Frogatt and White Edge
Tim Bowman 09.00
This walk opens up quickly to expansive views all along the famous climbing edges of Curbar and Froggatt Edge above Curbar Village
Heritage Parkland, Historic Parkland, Extensive Views
Jacky Brown 09.45 – 4 miles
A shorter walk starting from the small village of Mapleton which offers the serenity of unchanging scenery and peace. A one arch bridge spans the river Dove to carry the road to Okeover Hall, an early 18th century Hall. This walk discovers the parkland of the Okeover Estate.
Thorpe and Ilam Loop
Janneke Gorzeman – 10.00
Thorpe Cloud dominates the view when walking to Lin Dale via Gag Lane and Thorpe Pastures. Crossing the Stepping Stones and passing the Izaak Walton Hotel on our way to Ilam, takes you through some of the Peak District’s finest countryside. In Ilam we will visit the Manifold Tea Room for refreshments.
Thorpe to Ilam
Barbara Challinor 10.00 – 3 miles
This walk is the part of the Thorpe-Ilam Loop, but after the coffee stop in Ilam you can wander around in Ilam Park and visit the gift shop. There is a local shuttle bus service to pick you up at 1pm at the National Trust car park for an additional £2.20 and drop off at Narlows Lane car park.
Dove Valley and Famous Blue Cheese Walk
June Holden 10.30 – 7 miles
A relaxing walk from the delightful village of Hartington in the Dove Valley. The route takes us down the Dales. Beresford Dale, Wolfscote Dale; with its towering limestone cliffs and the Dove river to add to the charm and Biggin Dale which offers more of a challenge as the path gradually ascends through peaceful woods and pasture. We will take a tour to the village of Biggin before our return to Hartington.
Honing your Speedhyking Skills
Colin Mclean 10.30 – 3 to 4 miles
A short walk to hone your Speedhyke skills. If you tried Speedhyking previously then this Walk is for you. It will enable you to practice your new skills without going too far.
Big Sky Views and Valley Walk
Sam Armstrong 11.00 – 6.5 miles
This is a spectacular walk around the Wetton Hills, the Manifold Valley and Ecton. Although in North Staffordshire it is still in the Peak District. It is a lovely steep-sided valley with the River Manifold running through the bottom.
In the Footsteps of Isaak Walton
Ralph Eales 14.00 – 4 miles
A delightful short walk starting from the picturesque hamlet of Milldale. This Peak District walk explores the River Dove, Milldale and Halldale in the White Peak, the route includes typical landscapes of the Derbyshire and Staffordshire dales. One of the Peak Districts most iconic walks.
Evening Social 7 pm Pre-book only.
Join Samantha Armstrong from WALX Derwent and Dales and the Rustick WALX/NWUK Team for a Social Evening at The Pipes in the Peak, Thorpe, Ashbourne. The Pipes in the Peaks is a collection of Musical Machines and Classic Cars but with a twist! They are all in perfect working condition. Couple this with the talented organist, food and a licensed bar we have a great sociable venue. (to be confirmed due to Covid 19)
Sunday May 2nd
Rising above the Dove
Colin McLean 09.00 – 6 miles
An exhilarating longer Fast-Paced walk in the White Peaks. Do you want to get a bit more pace but still see what is around you? Do you want to ramp up your regular Nordic Walk? This walk will allow you not only to get to know and experience the benefits of adding extra intensity to your walk but also to discover the Dovedale landscape.
Breakfast Walk – Monyash and Magpie Mines
Ian Middup 09.00 – 10 miles
A stunning walk full of the industrial past where mines and quarries were prominent features as well as railways. Outstanding views along the way which allow us to enjoy all that the dales have to offer with its profusion of wildflowers. We visit Magpie Mine which stands on a rich lattice of lead ore veins worked from around 1740 onwards. It was one of several pits exploiting the seams and competition was fierce, with miners breaking into adjacent tunnels to sabotage the workings.
Sunday Lunch Walk (full)
Sam Armstrong 10.00 – 7 miles
This Sunday Lunch WALX in the limestone uplands of the southern White Peak is just a short drive away from Thorpe. Long stretches of moderate walking over a gently rolling landscape eat up the miles on this scenic walk. It begins with a walk through historic Brassington and incorporates a bird’s-eye view of Carsington Water, a very scenic feature on the landscape and a man-made marvel on the return, which appears like a giant puddle embracing the Peak District landscape. Returning to Brassington to a 400-year-old pub for a good old hearty lunch.
Additional Sunday Lunch Walk
Additional Sunday lunch WALX added to combine with the walk starting from Brassington as that one is now full. Please book onto this walk to have your lunch in an alternative pub in the village of Carsington and to complete a large part of the walk together. This walk starts from the new location in Carsington.
Going back in time in Lathkill Dale
Janneke Gorzeman 10.00 – 6.5 miles
Lathkill Dale is one of the prettiest of the Derbyshire Dales. A couple of centuries ago Lathkill Dale was a totally different scene; a hive of industry with several lead mines, countless shafts, processing plants, engine houses and many miners all culminating in noise, dust, grime and grim conditions. Nature has healed the scars and taken over the land again, making Lathkill Dale an area of outstanding beauty once again.
Tissington, History and Tea Rooms Walk
June Holden 11.00 – 3 miles
This gentle 2 hour walk will reveal some of the history of Tissington Village and show how some places have changed over the years. At the end of the walk there will be an opportunity for those who would like, to experience TMW Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing.
Shorter walks between 3-5 miles
Medium Walks between 6-8 miles
Long Walk 8-9 miles
Workshop/Speedhyking walks from 3 miles to 6.
Contact Sam@walxderwentdales.co.uk for more information.