Wednesday 12th August 2009
The morning's rain cleared to give us a lovely sunny afternoon, so I grabbed my boots and headed for High Peak Junction. As it's so close to home I think of this as a place I visit rather often, so I was surprised to find out it's ten months since I last walked in this area. I also tend to forget that it's a big tourist attraction so it came as a bit of a shock to find so many people all along the walk. Usually I only see a few people out walking their dogs and have the top of Black Rocks to myself, which I didn't today.
Start: High Peak Junction (SK 3150 5608)
Route: High Peak Junction - Derwent Valley Way - Cromford Wharf - Black Rocks - High Peak Trail - High Peak Junction
Distance: 4.25 miles Ascent: 213 metres Time Taken: 1 hour 50 minutes
Terrain: Good paths. Some scrambling onto Black Rocks
Weather: Warm and sunny.
Pub visited: None Ale Drunk: None
Reflections in the River Derwent.
Plenty of wild flowers as I walk alongside Cromford Canal.
Reflections in Cromford Canal.
An old bridge across the canal, which goes nowhere these days.
Approaching Cromford Wharf, where the canal ends.
An area that always has plenty of ducks on
The old coal merchants building at Cromford Wharf.
I called into Cromford Mill to try to visit
Black Rocks, from the road.
Black Rocks. The easy way to the top is to
Looking across Matlock Bath, from the top of Black Rocks.
Riber Hill from Black Rocks.
The Rowan berries stand out on this tree along the High Peak Trail.
High Peak Junction, minus the crowds that
were here earlier.
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