Monsal Dale, Deepdale and Magpie Mine

2. Monsal Dale, Deepdale & Magpie Mine

Sunday 2 April 2023

A guided walk as part of a small group, taking in a stunning viewpoint, a wildflower site of Special Scientific Interest and an historic mine - a wealth of variety.


Why not also book our Lathkill Dale Walk on Saturday 2 April for a great weekend of walking! 


From the pretty village of Ashford-in-the-Water, we follow footpaths and lanes through meadows to the popular beauty spot of Monsal Head for fine views of the famous stone disused railway viaduct crossing the valley.  We walk down the hill onto the viaduct and then along Monsal Dale and eventually into Deepdale, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wealth of wild plants. Deepdale is much less visited than Monsal Dale and is sometimes a dry valley. 


We then visit the Magpie Mine buildings, an historic lead mine high on the hills above the Wye Valley and learn about one of the Peak District's most important industries in the past. There is much to explore around the site with well preserved buildings and the remains of a Cornish beam engine building.  As we make our way back down the hillside towards Ashford-in-the-Water we enjoy wonderful views of the Wye Valley.


The walk is about 8 miles/13km and with approx 300m/977ft of ascent.  Paths can be muddy in places.


The cost is £38 per person.  Please book and pay below.  


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Monsal Dale, Peak District
Ashford in the Water,  Peak District
Magpie Mine, Peak District
Monsal Dale, Peak District

Meeting Place and Time

We meet at 9:15am to be ready for a 9:30am start in the main public car park in the village of Ashford-in-the-Water.  Postcode: DE45 1QG. The ticket machine may only takes coins.


The car park is signposted once you have turned into the village.  If the car park is full, there is plenty of roadside parking available in the village.      


The Google map opposite shows the location. 


Accessible by public transport.

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Further information

What to wear and bring with you on guided walks with Rachel and Richard
A PWA General Information Sheet - Open
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Should you wish to stay in the local area before or after this walk, the village of Ashford-in-the-Water and the town of Bakewell are nearby,  Please see our accommodation page for advice.


Alternative Dates - Private Guiding

For greater flexibility, why not do this as a private guided walk on a day of your choice, either on your own or with a group of friends or family?