Walk 5: Ambergate Station to Whatstandwell Station:
Walk number 5, is a 4.5 mile walk between Ambergate and Whatstandwell through ancient woodland, old parkland and open farmland, with excellent views. There are no really steep climbs
Out of the station, turn left and left again to the A6 at the Hurt Arms. Take care crossing the road and turn left, past the cricket ground, to turn right on to Holly Lane. Go over Halfpenny Bridge and turn right along a rough road into Shining Cliff Woods. Follow the unmade road, past houses, to its end. Continue into the woods and turn right going downhill at a signposted junction.
Turn right at the next junction to eventually pass the former Youth Hostel and on past the rock outcrops, after which the woods are named, to join the route of the Midshires Way heading uphill.
This long distance path can now easily be followed out of the wood, across open parkland to Alderwasley village. Emerge on to the road near the hall and turn right downhill for a short way then uphill, past the road junction and Home Farm then take the first path left across the fields.
At the top of the hill, leave the Midshires Way by turning right, descending the hill to follow the path to the right hand side of Lambert’s Cottage and on down to soon reach the A6.
Cross over the Derwent Bridge to Whatstandwell Station 200 yards on the left.
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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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