Magpie Mine - Peak District Walk

Thursday 13th August 2009

A walk inspired by a chance viewing of the BBC programme Country Tracks, in which they visited Magpie Mine. They described its location as being at Matlock Bath, but when I checked on the map, it turned out to actually be near Bakewell. Looking at the map also made me realise it had been over three years since I had walked in Deep Dale and so today's route was planned.

Start: White Lodge car park (SK 1705 7061)

Route: White Lodge car park - Deep Dale - Magpie Mine - Little Shacklow Wood - Ashford in the Water - Pennyunk Lane - Monsal Head - Monsal Dale - White Lodge car park

Distance: 8.75 miles     Ascent: 426 metres      Time Taken: 4 hours 30 mins

Terrain: Mainly good paths, some very muddy.

Weather: Warm and sunny.

Pub Visited: Stable Bar, Monsal Head    Ale Drunk: Theakston's Best Bitter

Route Map >>


Heading towards Deep Dale.

One of the commemorative benches which is on the path linking the car park to Deep Dale.

Deep Dale

Deep Dale, which is full of wild flowers.

Some of the flowers that can be seen in Deep Dale.

Deep Dale

Climbing out of Deep Dale, with the distinctive Wardlow Hay Cop in the distance.

Magpie Mine

Magpie Mine comes into view.

Magpie Mine

Exploring Magpie Mine, which was a 19th century lead mine.

Magpie Mine

Magpie Mine.

Magpie Mine

Looking back to Magpie Mine.

Little Shacklow Wood

Little Shacklow Wood. Never having been in here before we opted to use this path, rather than the path heading across the fields. We won't be doing it again, it was a muddy experience, with nothing worth seeing, made all the worse by the herd of cows, which blocked the path, when we exited the wood.

River Wye

Our lunch spot, by the River Wye.

Longstone Edge

Once we climbed out of Ashford in the Water the views opened up in all directions. Here looking across towards Longstone Edge.

Stanton Moor

Further up the hill and looking back towards Stanton Moor.

Pennyunk Lane

Pennyunk Lane is a popular route linking Ashford in the Water and Monsal Head.

Monsal Head

The first view of Monsal Head as we leave Pennyunk Lane.

Monsal Viaduct

Looking down on Monsal Viaduct from Monsal Head.

River Wye

The weir in Monsal Dale.

River Wye

Looking back to the weir from the footbridge across the River Wye.


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