Youlgreave & Lathkill Dale Walk - September 21st

Posted 22/9/2019

Our party of 15 adults, one child and 5 dogs set off from the George Hotel in Youlgreave.

We left the village via Bradford Road and had a short descent to take us down to the River Bradford. Here we followed the river past several weirs enjoying the sound of the water and the sunshine. 

On reaching the village of Middleton some of our group took the time to stop and admire the RAF Wellington BJ652 memorial before continuing on to view Bateman’s Tomb. We quickly resumed our walk through the village picking up the Limestone Way. 

After a short uphill climb we decided it was the perfect spot to stop for lunch and admire the view. Crossing more fields we reached Cales Dale where a steep descent (at this point we were grateful that the route provided had us descending rather than climbing the tricky stone steps) dropped us down into a woody vale which had several weirs. Continuing on we reached Lathkill Dale which is a National Nature Reserve. 

The path took us past several small caves and weirs. On reaching the ford an alternative ending to the walk was suggested instead of us tackling a steep ascent. 

At the mention of a climb it was quickly agreed that we would follow the river to Conksbury Bridge. Here we crossed the river and made our way over fields towards Raper Lodge making a quick ascent back to the George Hotel in Youlgreave.

An enjoyable 8.8 mile walk in late September sunshine

Lastly many thanks to Liz for standing in as walk leader today.