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Circular Walk - The Plough, Leadmill to Ashopton, Ladybower through Hathersage

Walk Directions

The Plough, Leadmill to Stanage Edge (3.0 miles)

We leave the Plough and cross the Derwent Bridge. The pavement leads us in a few hundred yards to Hathersage. We arrive at the T-junction with the George Hotel in front of us. We turn right and walk up through the village. As the road begins to rise at the end of the high street we turn left. After the school and pub there is a left turn up a hill which we take. We enter the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels. After visiting the grave of Little John we leave by the back gate. The vicarage is to our left but we turn right and then left onto a path. This crosses the fields and gradually climbs out of the valley. On our left, across the fields is Brookfield Manor. We reach the lane and cross it to go past North Lees. The path takes us up to the road, we turn left, which runs under the edge. The next footpath on our right leads us up to the edge, and we turn left.

Stanage Edge to Ashopton (5.07 miles)

We follow the path along the top and take it when it descends from the edge. The path now passes along underneath the edge. This is where the abandoned millstones may be found. After a couple of miles we come to a main road. We turn left down the road which we cross and take the first turning right. Just near to the only building on the left is a path which we take. It curves round and joins another track/path. We turn left and follow it. We cross the stream at Cutthroat Bridge. We stay on the path and it brings us out next to the Ladybower Inn. The Ladybower Reservoir is directly in front of us.

Ashopton to Leadmill (5.32 miles)

We turn left at the road junction and walk down the side of Ladybower. When we reach the dam we take the footpath across it. We turn left and take the path which becomes the old railway track. Just after leaving the dam we take the path on our right and not the track. We follow this path down the valley and cross the road to continue on it. At the end of the track we turn left and after a few yards take the path on the right. It goes around the field edge and against the railway embankment. We then turn right on the path under the railway. The path leads to the edge of the garden centre and we continue on to the road. We cross the road, and the small bridge and take the footpath on the left. This is the riverside path of the River Derwent. We follow it all the way back to Leadmill.

Distance: 13.4 miles Ascent: 1614ft