Monyash & Arbor Low Walk - October 14th

Posted 15/10/2017

A lovely day’s autumn walking in the White Peak starting from one of the less touristy villages of the area, Monyash.

After breakfast, coffees etc. for some, we set off from Monyash walking a couple of miles on the Limestone Way, whilst heading for Arbor Low, which when we were getting close there was some debate as to whether this monument was accessible by public rights of way.

When we got there, we found that access to the monument was through a farm, the monument was managed by English Heritage and admission fees were £1, a few wisecracks about DVWG predictably followed. Arbor Low we found is Neolithic stone circle which is well worth a visit.

After leaving the henge with no sacrifices made, we walked on a country lane to Parsley Hay, where there is a cycle hire and picnic area, a lunch stop followed.

Following lunch it was time for a taster of part of the High Peak Trail between Parsley Hay and Sparklow, it is fair to say that the trail was very busy with mountain bike traffic, (as usual) as loads of people were taking advantage of the autumn sunshine. Hopefully this taster of the trail was enjoyable as DVWG are hoping to plan a walk of the full 17.5 miles of the trail next April as we prepare for the Norfolk Coast Path walks. We last completed this walk way back in early 2012.

After leaving the trail we crossed a couple of fields to cross the busy A515 and walked a track known locally as Hutmoor Butts, which looked vaguely familiar before joining our final path, Cross Lane which took us back to Monyash for a well-deserved beer in the autumn sunshine at the Bulls Head.

Watch out for the photos from this walk, they are well worth a look and capture what a lovely walk this was.

Well done to the nineteen people who completed this 9.25 miles circuit of the White Peak, comprising of sixteen adults and three children.

Finally a big welcome to three new faces to DVWG, Ian & Sam Hately and Peter Bentley who walked for the first time.