20150906_Potential Youlgreave Circular Walk
1st sunday of the month coming up, so walk day with the Coventry CHA A+’ers/walking friends.
Was due to be led by one gent’ who due to recurrence of a knee injury has had to pull out … leaving a void to be filled. Well earlier this week I found myself sending an email saying I’d lead in his stead, saying I’d find a circular somewhere in the White Peak Area, given I’ve done a fair few walks up there over the years.
My first idea was to use the car-park in Over Haddon as the starting point, or maybe Moor lane Car-park a little nearer Youlgreave (or Youlgrave depending on what you’re reading) but both of these have charges that I felt were just too exhorbitent to cover for a day’s walking (especially as there could be 3 or 4 cars to pay for!).
I therefore switched my potential starting point to Youlgreave itself, which I think has a free car-park and maybe even has toilets. Being in the middle of The Peak District, surrounded by a net-work of footpaths and having both Bradford Dale and Lathkill Dale in very near proximity this is where I settled on.
My citeria was : Approx 10-12 miles, to include a dale or two, some high open land to get some views and a degree of hillyness without being overly strenuous and to try and find something else of interest along the way, such as a village, old mine workings, woods, etc.
I then poured over my OS Explorer Map (1:25,000 scale, no.OL24) to find a route tht I felt fitted, mapping the potential routes on the “Walkjogrun” website to find lengths … and I came up with 5x variants and the links follow below :
Potential Walk-1 …. 13.5 Miles
Potential Walk-2 …. 12.4 Miles
Potential Walk-5 …. 9.6 Miles
And there you have it …. Favourite at the moment is walk-3, but with the option of making it route-4 right at the end by adding an extra little bit at the bottom end of Lathkill Dale/Allport village/Bradford Dale. now all we need to do is arrive in Youlgeave (Youlgrave) at about 10-am and hope that the current weather forecast is right.
Dry, settled weather into the new week, and feeling pleasant in sunnier spells, but often large amounts of cloud with winds falling light. Chance of fog Monday and Tuesday morning.