Bonsall - Peak District Walk

Tuesday 6th May 2014

Following the weatherman's advice I set out after lunch to do a walk that is fairly close to home. Although it was this first time I had done this route the views across the Derwent Valley mean it is highly likely to be repeated.

Start: Matlock Station (SK 2964 6019)

Route: Matlock Station - Limestone Way - Masson Lees Farm - Bonsall - Ember Lane - Heights of Abraham - Masson Farm - Shining Cliff - Matlock Station

Distance: 4 miles     Ascent: 327 metres      Time Taken: 2 hours 50 mins

Terrain: Fields and woodland paths.

Weather: Warm and sunny.

Pub Visited: None    Ale Drunk: None

Route Map >>


High Tor

High Tor comes into view shortly after leaving Matlock.

Limestone Way

Stiles in almost every shape and size were a feature of this walk.

Tansley Moor

Looking across Tansley towards Tansley Moor.

Riber Castle

Riber Castle dominates the view.

Geoff's Seat

A well placed seat.


Presumably this view across the Matlock was, or is, Geoff's favourite view.

Derwent Valley

Just beyond Geoff's Seat and the view opens up in the opposite direction along the Derwent Valley.

Lees Moor Wood

Lees Moor Wood and Beeley Moor overlook Rowsley.

Stanton Moor

On the opposite side of the valley Stanton Moor is also visible.

Derwent Valley

Another shot of the Derwent Valley.

Bonsall Village Square

I leave the Limestone Way as it enters Bonsall.

Eldon Lane

I left Bonsall via Eldon Lane.

Black Rocks

Emerging from the welcome shade of the trees I am greeted by more fine views across the Derwent Valley, this time to Black Rocks and Cromford Moor.

Crich Stand

Crich Stand is also in view.

My route takes me through the woods to the back of the Heights of Abraham.

High Tor & Riber Castle

High Tor and Riber Castle.

Wild Garlic

As I rejoin my outward route the woods are full of wild garlic, although the bluebells are only starting to come into flower.


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