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Youlgreave, Walks in Derbyshire, England, UK

Youlgreave - Walks in Derbyshire

Youlgreave, Walks in Derbyshire was about 6 miles in distance. The terrain of this route was on good paths, although they can be muddy in places. There is also the possibility of livestock in pastures plus the option of minor scrambling on Robin Hood’s Stride.

This was a fabulous walk to the stunning viewpoints at Robin Hood’s Stride and the Hermit’s Cave. The route weaved its way through the gorgeous White Peak landscapes, beginning and ending in one of the Peak District National Park’s prettiest villages, Youlgreave.

Starting from All Saints Church in Youlgreave we went south east out of Youlgreave on roads before crossing fields and stiles and ascending and skirting a hill. Leg 2 did a clockwise arc east through a wood; then went south west uphill on a road; then across fields and stiles to Robin Hood’s Stride and the Hermit’s Cave; then south downhill over fields and tracks to a road junction.

The third leg went south uphill along a quiet lane before turning south west across fields and stiles to Elton. Leg four went north over fields and stiles back to the end point of the first leg. To complete the walk the fifth and final leg retraced the steps of first leg back to Youlgreave.

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Youlgreave, Walks in Derbyshire Route

The Youlgreave, Walks in Derbyshire route was circular in an clockwise direction with 5 legs, with leg 5 being the reverse of leg 1.

Leg 1

On this first leg we generally went south east out of Youlgreave on roads then across fields and stiles before ascending and skirting a hill.

  1. With All Saints Church on our left we went down Bradford Road and followed it as it swung to the right on to Mawstone Lane.
  2. After crossing a stream and passing a small stone barn on the left we entered a field on the left through a gate waymarked the “Limestone Way”.
  3. We crossed the field to pass through a gate in the wall and headed left in the next field, gradually moving away from wall on our left.
  4. We then passed through a squeeze-stile in the wall and headed along the path to the right to the field corner and passed through a squeeze-stile.
  5. With the wall on our left we went ahead to the next field boundary to go through a small wooden gate.
  6. In the next field we headed diagonally to the right towards a hedge to cross a stile after a few steps and a stream.
  7. We went ahead uphill in the same direction to pass a pointless stile, and on towards two large trees and three small stone posts.
  8. At the posts we took the track to the left as it skirted the hill, and a short distance after passing a telegraph pole we arrived at a metal gate on our left.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1.25 miles to this point, the second leg did a clockwise arc eastwards through a wood; went south west uphill along a road; across fields and stiles to Robin Hood’s Stride and the Hermit’s Cave; then south downhill along fields and tracks to a road junction.

  1. We passed through a small gate, going left to follow the “Limestone Way” waymarker across a field towards a wood.
  2. We entered the woods through a kissing-gate and followed a clear path until we reached a road.
  3. We turned right on the road to walk uphill for about 300 metres before passing through a squeeze-stile on the left opposite the entrance to Harthill Moor Farm.
  4. We then followed the path ahead with Robin Hood’s Stride visible ahead to the right.
  5. We crossed the field to climb over a step-stile in the wall on to Open Access land, with Robin Hood’s Stride immediately above us to the right.
  6. We crossed the next field to pass through a squeeze-stile next to a gate and explored Robin Hood’s Stride, taking in the fabulous views.
  7. We return to the gate, passing it on our left to follow a path to the right to cross a stile on to a track between a wall and a fence.
  8. We went right on the track to soon reach a fingerpost on the left next to a stone stile.
  9. We diverted here to explore the Hermit’s Cave.
  10. We then continued south downhill along the track to pass through a gate.
  11. We crossed the right edge of a field with the wall on our right to reach a track and a waymarker and went right through a gap in the corner of the field.
  12. We walked downhill on the track to reach a crossroads of tracks and roads, passing through a gate to the right of a cattle grid.

Leg 3

Having completing around 2.5 miles, leg three went south uphill on a quiet lane then south west across fields and stiles to Elton.

  1. Here we went ahead along the quiet Dudwood Lane, still being on the Limestone Way.
  2. We walked uphill for about 500 metres and shortly after passing a small barn on the left we turned right at a fingerpost on the footpath towards Elton.
  3. We followed the path across a field and then with trees and bushes on the right of us and the path reached a telegraph pole.
  4. The path then followed the line of telegraph poles, through a gate to cross two fields a stile and a gate into the village.
  5. We passed between two homes, across a drive and into a churchyard via a squeeze-stile.
  6. On the other side of the churchyard we passed through another squeeze-stile on to the Main Street.

Leg 4

After about the 3.5 miles mark the fourth leg headed north over fields and stiles back to the end point of Leg 1.

  1. We turned right along Main Street then right opposite the pub to go down Well Street, immediately to the left of the church.
  2. After about 50 metres we took a left fork on a footpath signed to “Youlgreave”.
  3. We ignored the track as it turned sharp right and instead went straight ahead through a gate into a field.
  4. Here we turned left to the other side of a hedge turned right along path signed “Youlgreave via Cliff Farm”.
  5. We descended the field with the hedge on our right to pass through a squeeze-stile into another field which we descended along the same line to pass through another squeeze-stile.
  6. We then ascended diagonally right across another field to pass through a gate in the wall.
  7. Going diagonally left across the next field we aimed to the left of woods on brow of hill which was also the far corner and crossed a gap in the wall.
  8. Continuing on same line we crossed the next field diagonally left and went up a few steps through a gate.
  9. Again on the same line we cross the next field to pas through a gate and a squeeze-stile on to a road.
  10. Next we crossed straight over the road, going through a squeeze-stile and a copse to cross a stile into a field.
  11. Here we went right along the fence edge uphill continuing on the same line past the corner of the fence over the brow of the hill to a wooden stile in a barbed wire fence.
  12. We crossed the next field heading for the farm track gated entrance to cross a stone step-stile in the wall and the farm track.
  13. Keeping ahead with a copse on our left we crossed the field and over a step-stile in another stone wall.
  14. Continuing straight ahead, north across the next field, we headed towards Tomlinson Wood and passed through a squeeze-stile in a wall.
  15. We crossed the next field, skirting to the left of the woods and keeping a wall on our right to pass through a gap in a wall.
  16. From here we followed a line of telegraph poles across the next field and over a step-stile in a wall.
  17. Continuing with the telegraph poles we crossed another field and passed between a barbed wire fence on our left and trees on our right back to the gate at the end of Leg 1.

Leg 5

Having travelled about 5.75 miles, the fifth leg retraced the steps of Leg 1 back to the start in Youlgreave.

  1. Here we went diagonally left along a track to the left as it skirted down the hill.
  2. At the two large trees and three small stone posts we went right downhill to cross a field, pass the pointless stile and cross a stile into the next field.
  3. In the next field we headed diagonally to the right over a few steps and a stream passing a telegraph pole and going through a small wooden gate.
  4. With the wall on our right we went ahead to the next field boundary to go through a squeeze-stile.
  5. Here we headed along the path to the right to the field corner and passed through a squeeze-stile in the wall.
  6. We crossed the next field, gradually moving towards the wall on our right, passing through a gated squeeze-stile in the wall.
  7. We then crossed the last field to leave the “Limestone Way” through a gate on to Mawstone Lane.
  8. Here we turned right passing a small stone barn on the right and crossing a stream.
  9. Finally the lane led on to Bradford Road which we followed as it swung to the left uphill to reach All Saints Church at the start 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 car park at Coldwell End, at the south western end of Youlgreave, Derbyshire with the start location of the walk being All Saints Church at the north eastern end of Youlgreave.

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