Wirksworth Hills - Trek Training

Standing on Black Rocks above Wirksworth, Peak District

1. Wirksworth Hills - Peak District.

Saturday 15 January 2022. 

A guided trek training walk as part of a small group above the town of Wirksworth, near Matlock. The route takes in steep inclines, paths and tracks around the historic Cromford Canal, High Peak Trail, with impressive views from Black Rocks and a visit to Wirksworth's very own Star Disc!  


Key Facts 

Distance:  18.5km/11.5 miles

Highest Point:  330m/1082 ft

Total Ascent:  774m/2538ft 

Approximate Time:  6hrs (dependent on party's overall pace)


The Route

The route starts from the National Stone Centre in Middleton by Wirksworth and weaves its way via steep paths and tracks around the town's outskirts. Highlights  include visiting the Wirksworth Star Disc, perched on a hill with a beautiful view of the Ecclesbourne Valley. The walk then takes the High Peak Trail (a former railway track)  to visit Black Rocks, a famous rock climbing area. A steep descent to Cromford passes the cotton spinning mill created by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1771 (now a World UNESCO heritage site). A steep climb back up the hill returns us to the Stone Centre where there are refreshments available from the Blue Lagoon Cafe. 


Please note: 

The route described may vary according to participants level of ability, progress and weather conditions. Please be aware that the terrain maybe steep, hilly, rocky and boggy in places. Participants must be fit and able to complete a full day out on the hills and be comfortable walking all day with small breaks. 


The cost to join this walk is £38 per person.  Please book and pay below. 

Wirksworth Hills. Saturday 15 January 2022.


  • Places available

Meeting Place and Time

We meet in the National Stone Centre car park, Porter Lane, Middleton.  The nearest postcode is DE4 4LS.  This a pay and display car park.

  • We meet at 9:15am to be ready to set off at 9.30am.

Further Information

What to wear and bring with you on Trek Training Walks
PWA General Information - Trek Training
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If you need accommodation locally, the small town of Wirksworth is just a short drive away.  Visit our Accommodation Page.