High Peak Trail - Peak District Walk

Wednesday 13th December 2006

It finally stopped raining so I escaped for a quick walk near to home where I knew I wasn't likely to encounter flooded paths or very boggy terrain. This walk is along good paths following the Cromford Canal and then picking up the High Peak Trail, whilst the scenery isn't the best the Peak District has to offer the frequent reminders of the areas industrial heritage make it an interesting walk.

Start: High Peak Junction car park (SK 3146 5608)

Route: High Peak Junction - Cromford Wharf - Black Rocks - High Peak Junction

Distance: 3.75 miles     Ascent: 228 metres      Time Taken: 1 hr 50 mins

Weather: Dull and overcast.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


River Derwent

The very full River Derwent.

High Peak Junction

High Peak Junction, the point where Cromford Canal and the High Peak Railway meet.

High Peak Junction

High Peak Junction. The High Peak Trail follows the route of the old railway line under the tunnel.

Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal which is now a nature reserve.

Cromford Canal

Cromford Canal.

Cromford Wharf

Cromford Wharf at the end of the Cromford Canal.

Black Rocks

Black Rocks on the High Peak Trail.

Riber Castle

Riber Castle.

Masson Mill & Willersley Castle

The distinctive cream building is Willersley Castle which was built in 1792 for Richard Arkwright, although he died
before it was completed. The bright orange building is Masson Mill, one of the first mills built by Arkwright in 1783.

High Tor

Looking across towards Matlock from the High Peak Trail. The distinctive hill in the middle is High Tor in Matlock Bath.

A wooden statue recalling the original use of the High Peak Trail as a railway line

Sheep Pasture Tower

The winding tower at Sheep Pasture which was used to pull the trains up the 1 in 8 hill from High Peak Junction.

High Peak Trail

Looking back up the hill on the High Peak Trail.

Crich Stand

Crich Stand, the memorial to the Worcester & Sherwood Foresters regiment, can be seen
on the horizon from the High Peak Trail.


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