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: 4.24 miles     Ascent: 213 metres      Time Taken: 1 hour 50 mins

Terrain: Good paths. Some scrambling onto Black Rocks

Weather: Warm and sunny.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>

 

River Derwent

Reflections in the River Derwent.

Cromford Canal

Plenty of wild flowers as I walk alongside Cromford Canal.

Cromford Canal

Reflections in Cromford Canal.

Cromford Canal

An old bridge across the canal, which goes nowhere these days.

Cromford Wharf

Approaching Cromford Wharf, where the canal ends.

Cromford Wharf

An area that always has plenty of ducks on the water.  Probably something to do with the nearby cafe.

Cromford Wharf

The old coal merchants building at Cromford Wharf.

Cromford Mill

I called into Cromford Mill to try to visit the quilting  shop, but it was closed.

Black Rocks

Black Rocks, from the road.

Black Rocks

Black Rocks. The easy way to the top is to follow the  path at the bottom of the rocks, into the trees. 

Derwent Valley

Looking across Matlock Bath, from the top of Black Rocks.

Riber Hill

Riber Hill from Black Rocks.

High Peak Trail

The Rowan berries stand out on this tree along the High Peak Trail.

High Peak Junction

High Peak Junction, minus the crowds that were here earlier.  I guess as the cafe is now closed they have all gone home.

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