Peak District Walk – Padley Gorge, Higger Tor & Lumsdale

This weeks wander took place on a Sunday, a weekend of all times…. It’s very rare indeed that I walk at a weekend mainly due to the fact that those days are reserved for family time, I work shifts which rotate so I usual stick to heading out when I’m off Monday to Friday. My girlfriend said that she would like to accompany me on a Peak District walk and thankfully we had a day free. I chucked my maps in a bag, grabbed some snacks and we headed off in the direction of the Derwent Valley.

I was surprised when we arrived at Grindleford Station, it was a Sunday and I was expecting the place to be absolutely packed. I’d convinced myself over the years that Padley Gorge was always busy at weekends during the summer so was very pleased to find that we didn’t have to fight for a parking space. We parked up near the station, got our boots on and then headed off over the bridge towards the entrance to the forest.

padley_gorge_higger_tor_lumsdale_1Padley Gorge is absolutely stunning at this time of year, come to think of it, it’s always looking great no matter what season it is. Everywhere was looking very lush and green as we are now at the height of summer here in the UK.

Padley Gorge
Padley Gorge

We made our way over the bridge in the gorge itself before climbing up the hill towards the Longshaw Estate, we reached the top of the forest in no time at all as my girlfriend was setting a very good pace indeed.

Longshaw Estate
Longshaw Estate
Longshaw Estate
Longshaw Estate
Looking back in to Derbyshire from South Yorkshire
Looking back in to Derbyshire from South Yorkshire

We followed Burbage Brook all the way through the Longshaw Estate until we came to the road, we crossed, walked out on to the moors and then headed straight for Carl Walk.

Looking towards Higger Tor from Carl Walk
Looking towards Higger Tor from Carl Walk

A short breather on Carl Walk is all we had time for before continuing on to Higger Tor, the weather was very hot and humid so we were glad of the breeze that was blowing up on the moors today.

Looking towards the Great Ridge from Higger Tor
Looking towards the Great Ridge from Higger Tor

Higger Tor was our lunch spot for today, sadly due to the fact it was so humid, the magnificent views down towards the Great Ridge were being obstructed by haze.

Higger Tor Gritstone
Higger Tor Gritstone
Higger Tor Gritstone
Higger Tor Gritstone

After lunch we headed off the side of Higger Tor in the direction of Millstone Edge, we had to get through some very tall ferns but thankfully we made it out on the moors without picking up any ticks. I’m really paranoid about Ticks at this time of year and I avoid going anywhere near fern if I can help it. I’ve never actually seen a Tick in the Peak District myself, I had one crawling on my arm in the Lake District once and that was about as close as I’d like them to get. Ticks are nasty little blighters which carry disease and if you’d like to find out more, then I’d recommend heading for http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/about-ticks/, alternatively you can head for my friend Peak Ramblers excellent blog post on the subject at http://peak-rambler.blogspot.co.uk/.

Oak Eggar Moth Caterpillar
Oak Eggar Moth Caterpillar
Heather in bloom
Heather in bloom
Heading down to the bottom of Millstone Edge
Heading down to the bottom of Millstone Edge
Sheep near Bolehill Quarry
Sheep near Bolehill Quarry
Bolehill Quarry
Bolehill Quarry

We crossed over the road at Surprise view and made our way down towards Bolehill Quarry, it must have been excellent climbing weather today as there were a few groups of climbers down in the quarry. I’d love to give climbing a go myself, I must add that to my ever expanding list of things to do in the near future.

Walking through the forest from Bolehill Quarry
Walking through the forest from Bolehill Quarry
Lisa back at Padley Gorge
Lisa back at Padley Gorge

After a gentle walk through the forest from Bolehill Quarry we were back down at Padley Gorge and nearing the end of our walk for today. The day was still young so we decided to head to another location, we had originally thought we’d go to Chatsworth but our plans changed on route and we ended up at Lumsdale.

Waterfalls at Lumsdale
Waterfalls at Lumsdale

Lumsdale is a stunning place just on the eastern outskirts of Matlock in the Derwent Valley, it’s a place I haven’t visited for a very long while and a return here has been long overdue. We parked up by the old mill buildings as there is room here for about 6 or 7 cars, if you like to find the location of the parking then check out this Google Maps Link.

Waterfalls at Lumsdale
Waterfalls at Lumsdale
My ugly mug at the Waterfalls in Lumsdale
My ugly mug at the Waterfalls in Lumsdale
Waterfalls in Lumsdale
Waterfalls in Lumsdale

Lumsdale is another stunning location in Derbyshire that is steeped in history, the area around Matlock and Cromford has a great wealth of industrial heritage and thankfully a lot of it is being preserved. The Arkwright Society have taken over the management of Lumsdale to safeguard it for future generations, I do believe the plan is to keep it in its current state. You will pass many different structures on your way up the Dale until you eventually find yourself next to a very tranquil millpond.

The millpond weir in Lumsdale
The millpond weir in Lumsdale
The millpond at Lumsdale
The millpond at Lumsdale

I plan to return to Lumsdale again in the near future, I’d like to shoot another video for my History Walks series on Youtube. For now though, if you’d like to know more you can head to the Arkwright Society’s website at http://cromfordmills.org.uk/content/lumsdale.

The millpond at Lumsdale
The millpond at Lumsdale

Well, it really was a great day indeed. The weather was pretty hot and humid but it was great to get out in the Peaks and show my girlfriend some of the places I’ve been raving on about for years. I’m hoping that this will be the start of many more walks with her and she has even agreed to give wild camping a go so watch this space. As always, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read or watch my adventures from the Peak District. This was a rather short post but I’ll be out again very soon to bring you more.

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