Walk 10: Matlock Bath Station to Cromford Station
Walk number 10, is a 3 mile hilltop walk between Matlock Bath and Cromford via Riber Castle, providing magnificent views. There is a steep climb and the walk goes through woodlands, fields and along an ancient trackway.
From the station follow the track below the Whistlestop Café towards High Tor and the cable cars. Do not enter the grounds, but turn right and head uphill. At the fork in the path bear right to emerge opposite the White Lion pub. Bear left on the road, and right up the steps in front of Owl Cottage on the Riber Road. Continue up the road and, at the next bend, take the footpath between the cottages. Follow this path. As it joins a stone flagged path, uphill towards Riber Castle.
A tarmac road leads to a junction. Turn right past Riber Hall. Turn left at the pond and take the path on the right by way of squeezer stiles across fields to Hearthstone Farm.
Turn left on the road for approximately 200 yards then bear right up Hearthstone Lane by a cattle grid. Approaching Bilberry Knoll, the summit of this ancient trackway, magnificent views of the Derwent Valley can be enjoyed.
Continue downhill and, after passing a stile on the left, turn right through a stone gateway down the edge of the beech wood. Emerging into fields bear right. Following a line of poles, cross a wall stile and track, and continue downhill to a stile on the left and on down to the road. Turn right under the railway bridge then immediately right up steps to Cromford Station.
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Walk number 2, is a 6 mile walk between Belper and Duffield through open country with superb views linking together the historic settlements of Bargate and Holbrook.View
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Walk number 6, is a steep 3.5 mile walk between Whatstandwell and Ambergate via Crich through farmland, Crich Chase woodlands and along the towpath of the Cromford CanalView
Walk number 7, is a 4 mile walk between Whatstandwell and Cromford with a steep path section in Whatstandwell, through undulating farmland and along a surfaced track.View
Walk number 8, is a 4 mile walk between Cromford and Whatstandwell combining the Cromford Canal towpath with steep climbs through woodland. The views of the Derwent Valley are spectacular.View
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Walk number 11 is a 3 mile walk through woods and fields with fine views between Matlock Bath and Matlock.View
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