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Buxton, Walks in Derbyshire, England, UK

Buxton - Walks in Derbyshire

Buxton, Walks in Derbyshire was about 10 miles in distance. The terrain was hilly and had fairly challenging climbs in places; the moorland was very wet and muddy in some areas; and the waymarking was quite good.

The splendid town of Buxton stands grandly in the midst of striking landscape, even if not all of the surrounding land lies within in the Peak District National Park. The wooded ascent from Poole’s Cavern in Buxton to Solomon’s Temple surrounded by flower-rich grassland is an example. As you walk south west of Buxton you will enter the Peak District and Axe Edge Moor where the atmosphere changes from the lightness of limestone to a more brooding Dark Peak moorland.

Starting from Buxton we headed in a south westerly direction along roads before a steep climb through woodland to Solomon’s Temple, then grassland, track and road to the A53. Leg two headed south west uphill along a grassy hillside track to a ridge; then a gravel track to the A54; and a track beside the A54 for a while. It then headed south along an Axe Edge Moor track to a road then south west across a moorland path to join a track and road to the bottom of Drystone Edge.

On the third leg we initially followed roads eastwards to the A53 then northwards beside the A53 for a while before going over farmland on paths and tracks eastwards then northerly to a road. The fourth leg crossed the estate of the Health & Safety Lab northwards along a downhill path before traversing a road through Turncliffe. The estate was exited north easterly across fields; through a hilltop farm; and descending a winding track to Grin Low Road. To complete the walk the fifth and final leg headed north over fields, tracks, paddocks, a common and roads back to the starting point in Buxton.

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Buxton, Walks in Derbyshire Route

The Buxton, Walks in Derbyshire route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with five legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we went generally in a south west direction from Buxton, initially along roads before a steep climb through woodland to Solomon’s Temple, then grassland, track and road to the A53.

  1. On exiting the Pavilion Gardens’ car park entrance we turned left along Burlington Road and kept the gardens on our left until we reached the T-junction at the end of the road.
  2. We changed to the right side of Burlington Road and forked right on Bath Road.
  3. We then went right crossed the B509 (West Road) to enter College Road and then go right up Temple Road, which went left near the top of the road, following signs to “Poole’s Cavern”.
  4. We crossed the road (Green Lane) at the end and after entering Poole’s Cavern Car Park we went to the right side.
  5. We then went up a footpath to Solomon’s Temple, climbing the first few steps then a large number of steps.
  6. When we reached a small flat area we turned left up a wooded public footpath.
  7. After about 500 metres we crossed a stile in a stone wall to arrive at open ground at Solomon’s Temple which we viewed on our left.
  8. We walked straight ahead from the stile and passed through a gap in a stone wall with a footpath signpost.
  9. We turned right here across grassland for about 50 metres where we forked left along a track around the side of the hill.
  10. After crossing a stile next to a gate and passing behind buildings we emerged on to Grin Low Road through a gate.
  11. Here we turned right until we reached a junction with the A53.

Leg 2

Having completed about 1.5 miles we continued in a south west direction parallel to the A53 uphill along a grassy hillside track to the ridge; then a gravel track to the A54. After following a track beside the A54 for a while we headed south along a track across Axe Edge Moor to a road then south west across the moor on a path to join a track which became a road at the bottom of Drystone Edge.

  1. We crossed over the A53, passed a few buildings on our right and entered a field on the right through a gate in a stone wall immediately after.
  2. Next we climbed the hill parallel to the A53. We went through some tufted grass and kept a stone wall then wooden fence to our left before crossing a stile in the corner to join a grassy hillside track.
  3. Following the track to the ridge we reached a gravel track that continued to the A54.
  4. We crossed the road and turned left uphill along the road.
  5. On reaching a small path on the right before the road started to bend to the left, we followed the path with a fence on our right.
  6. We emerged back on the A54 after the road finished bending to the right.
  7. We crossed the A54 diagonally left to a signed footpath where we crossed a stile next to a gate.
  8. After a few metres the path veered left, heading south and became a track across Axe Edge Moor.
  9. We eventually reached a road where we turned left and after about 300 metres we turned right along a clear, wet moorland path.
  10. Heading in a south westerly direction we passed through a gate in a stone wall and emerged on to a track heading down a valley.
  11. We turned left along the track, passed through a gate next to a cattle grid and forked left at a junction of tracks.
  12. Continuing down the valley the track turned to a tarmac road and on reaching a fork we went left to pass a derelict building on the left before reaching a few buildings at another fork at the bottom of Drystone Edge.

Leg 3

Now having walked around 4.5 miles the third leg initially followed roads eastwards to the A53 then northwards beside the A53 for a while; then it went over farmland on paths and tracks, first eastwards before turning north to meet a road.

  1. At the fork next to buildings we went right downhill.
  2. In the dip at a road junction we turned left uphill, passing a junction on the left until we emerged on to the A53.
  3. Here we turned left along the A53 and crossed the road, following the verge passing buildings on the left for about 50 metres until we reached a gravel track on the right.
  4. Here we went right across a stile in to a field and followed the path that swung left then right, through a metal gate and a small wooden gate to end passing to the right of Barn Farm.
  5. At the farm we followed its track that that lead to a road.
  6. We turned left along the road and in around 100 metres we turned right up a track between stone walls.
  7. At end of the track we turned right along a road, went over a cattle grid and then went left by a derelict house down track that swung right then left.
  8. After crossing another cattle grid we turned left before Jumble Farm and headed for a small wooden gate.
  9. We then descended steeply follows to a stile and a wooden footbridge across a stream.
  10. We then ascended past a lone farm, crossing two wooden stiles and turning left along its track to reach a road.

Leg 4

At about 7.25 miles into the walk, the fourth leg crossed Health & Safety Lab’s estate northwards along a downhill path before joining a road through Turncliffe and leaving in a north easterly direction to cross fields; pass through a hilltop farm; and descend its winding track to Grin Low Road.

  1. We turned right along the road, crossing a cattle grid and going left through a gate, along a path with a public footpath sign, downhill into the Health & Safety Lab’s estate.
  2. Note that the route through this estate may be changed at any time.
  3. Part way down the hill near trees we turned left through a metal gate and walked straight on to join another path.
  4. Here we went right along a path and crossed grassland with trees on our left.
  5. At a metal gate we went left, following a fence on our right until we emerged on a road which led through Turncliffe.
  6. We went left along the road which snaked its way through the Turncliffe, first bending to the right behind building then to the left downhill slightly.
  7. At the next junction where the road bent to the right along the old railway route, we went straight over.
  8. The road curved to the right with trees on our left and at the next fork in the road we went left
  9. On reaching a metal gate we went to the left to cross the field beyond with the fence on our left to leave the Health & Safety Lab’s estate.
  10. We passed through a wooden gate into a second field and continued along the same line.
  11. On entering a third field via a small metal stile next to a gate we turned immediately right to a wall-stile about 30 metres away.
  12. In the next field we headed diagonally to the right across two fields and stiles to a farm in a hilltop copse.
  13. We passed the farm on our right via some steps and went through a low metal gate to descend its winding track and cross a stile next to a gate and on to Grin Low Road.

Leg 5

At this point, having walked about 8.75 miles, the fifth and final leg headed north over fields, tracks, paddocks, a common and roads back to the starting point in Buxton.

  1. We turned left on the road then right after about 30 metres to cross a stile in a stone wall in to a pasture.
  2. Next we ascended the pasture to a stile near a metal gate in the top right corner.
  3. After crossing a second field, heading to the left of a wood ahead, we passed through a small metal gate next to a large metal gate on to a gravel track which passed the wood and Fern House on our right.
  4. We then continued ahead going off the track parallel to the track which went to the right.
  5. We walked parallel to the track by crossing over a small wooden stile, passing between a wooden fence and a wall, climbing over a tumbled down stone wall stile, crossing a paddock with a stone wall on our right, and crossing a stile on the right just before buildings to join the track again.
  6. We then turned left along the track passing to the left of a cattle grid to the edge of Buxton where houses stayed on the right but ended on the left at the common.
  7. We then swing left off the track and kept inside the left boundary of a common to a path between playing fields.
  8. At a road junction, we crossed the road (Green Lane) to walk along College Road.
  9. At the end we went right on West Road and immediately left on Bath Road before going left along Burlington Road with the gardens on our right until we reached the start location at the Pavilion Gardens’ Car Park on our right.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Winster hiking holiday during October 2011. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Winster, Derbyshire to the Pavilion Gardens Car Park, Buxton in Derbyshire which was also the start location of the hike.

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