Wirksworth - High Peak Trail - Cromford Moor

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From Wirksworth walk up the hill towards the centre of the town. A lane is then negotiated that is probably the steepest climb in the Peak District. Once at the top, a disused quarry is passed through with good views all round of the Wirksworth district. This leads to a peaceful ramble along the High Peak Trail towards the Black Rocks. Passing close to the rocks, which can be investigated if time allows, the path then goes through forestry plantations on Cromford Moor. The path then continues along through woodland above the busy A6 Derby / Matlock road, turns off at the side of a static caravan field and makes its way through to the lane that goes on back to Wirksworth. This passes a pub (The Malt Shovel) on the top of the hill which was open for refreshments at lunchtime, when we passed by.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, Toilets, Wildlife
5/2/2015 - Ian Cutler

An excellent walk, we started at the black rocks as we had to pass there to go to Wirksworth. Route easy to follow and very enjoyable, I'm sure we passed Ray in a field with 3 dogs, (or very much like him) as we where heading towards a sharp left turn through a small copse. Very steep climb out of Wirksworth, but a lovely collection of cottages that one wouldn't see unless walking this route. We have done a few of Ray's routes and have found all of them to be excellent, we use GPS to navigate so a few of the turns are out of place but soon corrected. Find and upload a few more Ray..

2/28/2015 - Anthony Parker

Great walk today that took a little over 4 hours, due to it being very boggy and wet in some areas. We were looking for a less strenuous walk, after a few days walking and this was a little steeper than expected, although still very enjoyable.

8/9/2006 - Walkingworld Administrator

This walk was updated August 2006.

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