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Explore the High Peak with Julia and Sam this Spring.
This is a full days walk.
Summit Lantern Pike and link the neighbouring villages of Rowarth, and Little Hayfield with superb 360-degree views of Kinder plateau and surrounding hills.
This circular walk has a reasonable height gain, but it is very gradual and the summit of Lantern Pike at 379m (1243ft) is easily attained.
The route follows old packhorse trails, the Pennine bridleway, Sett Valley trail and Snake path making it a walk that can be done in all weathers and ideal for respecting social distancing.
We’ll meet in Hayfield, the gateway to Kinder Scout and the starting point of the historic ‘Mass Trespass’ which led to the opening of the Peak District National park in 1951. Leaving Hayfield on the Sett Valley Trail we soon reach Birch Vale Reservoir where we begin our climb along the Pennine Bridleway. We cross into National Trust land within the Peak District National park and base of Lantern Pike. A short section of single track then reaches the summit where we hope for views of the surrounding area - on a good day you can see the Welsh hills! We descend through farmland keeping our height as we traverse below Lantern Pike. A short section of rough grit stone trail gains access to the pretty hamlet of Rowarth where we will stop for refreshments at the Little Mill Inn making use of their outside seating area. From Rowarth we enter woodland to link riverside and packhorse trails back towards Little Hayfield.
An optional but worthwhile final climb of 140m (460ft) takes us across Middle Moor where we pick up the Snake Path back to Hayfield via the iconic ‘Twenty Trees’. We plan to complete our day with take away tea and cake from Rosie Lee’s.
Total distance: 14km (8.7 miles) ascent & descent 550m (1804ft)
Total distance for the shorter route: 12.5km (7.8 miles) ascent & descent 410m (1345ft)
Fitness Level and Clothing We’ve graded this walk as moderate. Suitable for most walkers in good health who exercise regularly. This walk is predominantly on good paths and wide tracks with the occasional section of rougher ground or singletrack. Expect to be out all day, walking for 3.5-4 hours, plus a stop for lunch along the way. You should be prepared to deal with hiking in bad weather if necessary. A kit & clothing list will be made available to you if you are unsure.
Little Mill in Rowarth (lunch stop) - https://thelittlemillinn.co.uk/
Rosie Lee Tea Room in Hayfield (end point) - https://www.facebook.com/rosieleehayfield
Sett Valley Café in Birch Vale - https://settvalleycafe.com/
The Royal pub in Hayfield - http://theroyalathayfield.com/
If you book on and if is unable to go ahead due to government restrictions you'll be refunded.
We are adhering to strict Covid-19 social distancing protocol and fully endorse the TEST and Trace NHS Initiative.
Please use your own poles. Please do not book on for a WALX if you think you may have symptoms, or do have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has symptoms.
WALX Derwent & Dales has a late cancellation policy whereby full price will be paid for any walks cancelled within 12 hours of the start of the walk. Any refund will be at the discretion of WALX Derwent & Dales and will be dependent on the cancelling client making contact with us before cancelling.