Great Longstone - Ashford in the Water

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Park at one of a multitude of car parks in Bakewell; the nearest is across the road from Waymark 1 (pay and display). There is free parking 300 yards up the road that climbs upward to the right of Waymark 1.

The walk starts on the north-east side of the old bridge over the River Wye at Bakewell (A619). The route starts with a relaxing walk by the side of the river, followed by a stiff, but short climb into the open country to the north side of the town. Walking is then easy, over high meadows giving panoramic views all round. A short walk through picturesque Cracknowl Wood and on to Great Longstone will find Bob's Grocers for ice-cream or the White Lion for meals and other goodies.

A field walk then onto Little Longstone, and a return walk passing over the Monsal Trail. An interesting stroll is then taken onto Ashford in the Water (where there is a pub and shop). Crossing the River Wye by the old disused road bridge. Followed by a relaxing walk by the River Wye, plus a walk by a pretty stream back through Bakewell.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Museum, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife
6/1/2021 - Barry Turner

This is one of the most beautiful walks that we have ever done. We did this in glorious sunshine yesterday and the scenery is lovely. The walk passes through a couple of nice villages. I would definitely recommend this walk; there is a steady climb very early on but it’s not too long and after that it’s flat and the views are beautiful. The directions were very easy to follow. We are already planning our next visit to complete this walk again. Thanks walking world.

8/23/2015 - Peter Newman

A nice walk with stunning views. Many of the stiles have been changed to gates now. In dry weathers trainers would be sufficient rather than walking boots . Point 28, sadly the factory complex is no more, so no cafe either. Other than that most of the scenery is as described. As mentioned previously, do not miss out on Monsal Head at Point 19....walk the few hundred metres up hill to the top for a magnificent view and then back down to rejoin where you left....worth it!

10/26/2007 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

We were having a long weekend staying in Bakewell and this walk was a great way of seeing a couple of very pretty villages as well as being lovely in itself. Worth noting that, if you are new to the area, it is worth, before you turn left at waymark 19, going through the gate into Little Longstone and up to Monsal Head; a viewing point with fantastic views of Monsal Dale and the viaduct. We only found this on another day by walking part of the Monsal Trail and it would be a great pity to miss it for a very short detour.      

9/21/2007 - Chris Halford

The entry by Eric Warriss is totally misleading. If you go to the old railway station in Bakewell you do not join the walk at point 11. It will start you off just outside Bakewell on castle hill just below the word HOSP shown on the map at map ref SK 22228-68983

6/15/2007 - Eric Warriss

Easier access for the less able is to park in the Monsall Trail car park in Bakewell (old railway station). Join the walk at 11.

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