The Limestone Way
Being 46 miles long, this is a route which allows you to absorb countless views and enjoy some of Derbyshire’s most picturesque towns and villages. Due to the length of the route it is suggested that you split the journey up into four or five days’ walk. Starting from the village of Castleton in the Hope Valley, it goes all the way south to Rocester, passing all sorts of interesting landscapes so is well worth taking your time over.
As mentioned before, this Peak District walk takes you through some of the area’s picturesque villages, popular towns and glorious countryside but it also allows you see some of the Limestone that can be found in the Peak District. The white limestones rocks of the dales in this area are not only beautiful but also geologically very interesting. The rocks on this path are the remains of a vast tropically warm seas of the Carboniferous period some 330 million years ago, and were some of the first places to be inhabited by humans.
Castleton is known for it’s amazing show caverns, giving an insight to a whole other underground world, they are definitely worth a visit. There are four in total, Treak Cliff, Speedwell, Peak Cavern and the Blue John Cavern. There are also some traditional and cosy pubs, cafes and tearooms in the village for some pre-walk refreshments. You can also get yourself some of the unique Derbyshire stone, Blue John, which can only been found in these caverns.
Moving on from Castleton and after passing Mount Pleasant Farm, this path will take you to Miller’s Dale, which was once a main railway. Although this route was cancelled in 1970, there are still some very impressive viaducts that remain and are a great addition to the landscape.
After walking through Flagg, Monyash, Youlgrave and Winster, you will get to Matlock. Matlock is a brilliant Derbyshire town, full of unique shops, cafes and restaurants. Click here for a full day’s itinerary of what’s best to see and do in Matlock.
Later the route passes through the peaceful and unspoilt village of Tissington. From Tissington you pass Thorpe, Marten Hill, Lower Elastone and Rocester. Please see the PDF below for more details, direction, photos and maps of this great walk in the Peak District- and remember to always bring a map and compass and wear a good pair of walking boots!
The Limestone Way guidebook published by Derbyshire Dales District Council includes a full description of the walk and map sections, in fact all you need to walk the route.
Available for £2.00 (inc p&p) from www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/thelimestoneway
- Description of route - 46 miles