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UPCOMING DAY WALKS

Here are a selection of the day walks we have planned - scroll down to see them 

 

Good Friday 2nd April 2021

PEAK DISTRICT: MAGPIE MINE AND MONSAL HEAD

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Ashford in the Water 

Length: 9 miles

Grade: Moderate

A varied guided walk through some iconic Peak District locations. The walk starts at the pretty White Peak village of Ashford in the Water and heads directly above the village towards the remnants of Magpie Mine. The site was a centre of lead mining and is evocative of a different age.

From here, we head along Deep Dale and Monsal Dale before reaching the famous viaduct at Monsal Head. We then return to Ashford via the quaint village of Little Longstone.

Easter Saturday 3rd April 2021

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Ringinglow, Sheffield 

Length: 8 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

Explore the quieter routes around Stanage Edge. Starting in Ringinglow, we take some lesser known tracks towards Burbage Rocks and Stanage Edge. We then head off towards historic Stanedge pole with views over Redmires Reservoirs before heading back across a mixture of moorland and farmland.

Friday 9th April 2021

PEAK DISTRICT MILLSTONES, ROCKY OUTCROPS AND THE LONGSHAW ESTATE

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start:Fox House, Sheffield/Hathersage

Length: 8.5 miles

Grade: Moderate

A varied guided walk taking in some of the iconic features of this part of the Peak District including remnants of its historic past. There are dramatic quarries and edges, abandoned millstones plus an Iron Age hill fort. Add to that a beautiful silver birch woodland, stretches of moorland and the gentler scenery of a National Trust estate and you have the makings of a memorable day out.

Grade: Moderate. The walk is 8.5 miles long with 600m of ascent. A reasonable level of fitness is required. The route is mainly on moorland paths with some steeper and less defined sections.

Monday 12th April 2021

PEAK DISTRICT: STANAGE EDGE, ROBIN HOOD'S CAVE AND HIGGER TOR

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Hathersage

Length: 8.5 miles

Grade: Low Moderate


Stanage Edge, one of the best known of the Peak District’s iconic gritstone edge, is the focus for this 8.5 mile day walk. We will head up to the edge from the lovely village of Hathersage through a mixture of green fields and woodland. On reaching the edge, we will head eastwards taking in the spectacular views from this high viewpoint. We will see abandoned millstones and pop into Robin Hood’s cave, hidden away beneath the gritstone tors above.

At the eastern end of Stanage we will descend to Upper Burbage bridge before heading over Higger Tor, a mass of weathered gritstone boulders and another perfect vantage point affording long reaching views. From here, we head back towards Hathersage across moorland and on a quiet woodland track.

Hathersage has a great selection of outdoor shops and cafes / pubs and there will be time to explore these at the end of the walk.

Monday 19th April 2021

PEAK DISTRICT: CURBAR, CALVER AND THE RIVER DERWENT

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Baslow Nether End

Length: 6 miles

Grade: Leisurely

Sitting below the gritstone escarpments of Baslow and Curbar Edge are some delightful villages where traditional Peak District cottages and houses abound. Our walk begins in Baslow before heading across the fields below the edges to reach the village of Curbar. From here we head through woodland to nearby Calver where the converted mill dominates the riverside. Those who remember Colditz may recognise the facade from the TV programme. We leave Calver via the banks of the River Derwent and head back to Baslow itself by crossing a lovely old toll bridge.

Grade: Leisurely.  The walk is 6 miles with few gradients and is taken at a leisurely pace in order to enjoy the surroundings to the full. The walk is on footpaths and some minor roads.

Saturday 24th April 2021

THE GRAND UNION CANAL

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start: Limehouse DLR

Finish: Warwick Avenue Underground
Length: 9 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

Starting at Limehouse Basin following the canal through London to Little Venice tracing the everchanging environment at the canalside.

Monday 26th April 2021

PEAK DISTRICT: EYAM, THE PLAGUE VILLAGE AND THE QUIET DALES

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Eyam

Length: 10.5 miles

Grade: Moderate


A lovely guided walk from Eyam through the quieter dales to the south of the village. Eyam is well known for the part it played in the plague of 1665 when the people of the village self isolated in order to prevent the plague from spreading throughout the region and beyond. Clearly there are parallels to be drawn with the current pandemic.

Your guide will lead you out of the village, through quiet Coombs Dale and the steep-sided Rough Side before skirting Middleton Moor towards Wardlow and the upper reaches of Cressbrook Dale. The walk continues to the pretty village of Foolow before crossing pastureland with its patchwork of stone walls and returning to Eyam where there will be time to discover more about the village and its history.

Tuesday 27th April 2021

PEAK DISTRICT: DERWENT EDGE AND LOST LAD

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start:Fairholmes Visitor Centre

Length: 8 miles

Grade: Moderate

A walk from Derwent reservoir up onto Derwent Edge with its extensive views and fascinating range of gritsone tors. The walk descends via the viewpoint at Lost Lad.

The walk is varied, starting off along the edge of the reservoir famous for its connection to the Dam Busters, it then heads uphill to reach the gritstone edge above. There are many groups of evocatively named outcrops to marvel at – the Cakes of Bread, Salt Cellar, Wheel Stones… There are also 360 degree views across the surrounding landscape of hills and moors.

The walk then descends via the Lost Lad viewpoint and ends with an easy walk along the reservoir.

Grade: Moderate. The walk is 8 miles long with 600m of ascent. A reasonable level of fitness is required. There is a long, gradual ascent to reach the edge.

Wednesday 28th April 2021

PEAK DISTRICT: KINDER SCOUT EAST: MADWOMAN’S STONES

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Edale Train Station

Length: 8.5 miles

Grade: Moderate

Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, is a vast expanse of peat moorland bordered by evocative gritstone edges, weathered by the elements. On this walk we will venture away from the edges to explore the interior of Kinder, a journey that involves rough ground and a sense of adventure.

From Edale, we will head up to the plateau which looms above via one of the many well-trodden paths. On reaching the top, we will head towards the eastern edges and head off piste to the assembly of gritstone rocks called Madwoman’s Stones. After appreciating the views, we will head along the northern edge of Kinder before turning inland and heading to the trig point in the middle of the moor. From here we will plot a route back to the southern edge before choosing a suitable path for our descent into Edale.

Grade: Moderate 8 miles 540m ascent. This walk is moderate but with challenging aspects as we walk off path for part of the day across rough ground and peat moorland. A reasonable level of fitness is required.


Tuesday 18th May 2021

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Castleton Visitor Centre

Length: 5 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

Mam Tor is a classic Peak District destination with a fascinating history and some of the best views of the National Park. The walk up to the top takes in Odin Mine with its remnants of the area’s industrial history and the famous broken road, a reminder that this peak is called Shivering Mountain for good reason.

Mam Tor summit is the site of a Bronze Age burial ground and an Iron Age hillfort, chosen for its wide reaching views over the contrasting landscapes offered by the Dark and White Peak. From Mam Tor, we will walk along the skyline before descending along the former coffin trail back to Castleton where there are many cafes, shops and pubs and an excellent National Park Visitor Centre.

Grade: Low Moderate.  The walk is 5 miles with 420 metres of ascent  taken at a leisurely pace in order to enjoy the surroundings to the full. The walk is on footpaths and some  quiet, minor roads.


Wednesday 19th May 2021

PEAK DISTRICT: CHATSWORTH PARK, EDENSOR AND CALTON LEES

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Baslow Nether End

Length: 8.5 miles

Grade: Moderate

Chatsworth House, sitting on the banks of the River Derwent, is both a Peak District treasure and an elegant presence on a grand scale. Our walk enters Chatsworth Park via an old iron kissing gate and proceeds along a well-maintained path through grassy fields where sheep and deer can be seen grazing. Our first glimpse of the house itself is nothing short of breath-taking as it appears on the horizon.

Having reached the house, we continue steeply uphill in order to the Hunting Tower with its far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside. It is well worth the effort! From here, we head through the wooded landscape above the house before reaching open countryside with more beautiful views.

When we reach the road, we head downhill to the River Derwent before ascending a long, steady incline to New Piece Wood. As we emerge from the woodland and begin our descent towards the village of Edensor, there are wonderful views of Chatsworth House in the valley below.

Edensor was built in the 19th century by order of the 6th Duke of Devonshire to replace the original village which he had demolished as it interrupted his view. Each house is built in a different style but all in harmony with one another. It has the feel of a model village but on a human scale.

From Edensor, we return towards the main house with time to look around the former stables where there is a gift shop and cafe before returning via a different route to our start point in Baslow.

Grade: Moderate.  The walk is 8.5 miles with some relatively long ascents and descents along the way. There is one short steep ascent at the start of the walk. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this walk.

Thursday 20th May 2021

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Hathersage

Length: 8.5 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

If you enjoy moorland walking, then this one is for you. Leaving the bustle of Hathersage, we head south to Eyam Moor where we will hope for long range views across the moors. From our high point, we head down into Abney Clough before heading back uphill to cross quiet Offerton Moor. With spendid views across the Hope Valley, this moor is a real hidden gem. Our descent is through moorland towards the River Derwent and back to our starting point in Hathersage where you will find some excellent outdoor shops.

Grade: Moderate. The walk is 8.5 miles long with 600m of ascent. A reasonable level of fitness is required. The terrain is mainly on moorland paths, can be boggy in places, and fields with some walking on minor roads.



Friday 21st May 2021

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Fox House, on Sheffield/Hathersage Road

Length: 6 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

We will head off over the moorland, crossing Burbage Brook on a lovely old packhorse bridge before heading up to Carl Wark, an ancient Iron Age hill fort. Once we have taken in the views from the top, we will head over the moors to the gritstone outcrop of Over Owler Tor where again we will get some amazing views this time across to Mam Tor and Kinder Scout and back towards the Fox House and Longshaw.

From here we will head towards Millstone Edge and Surprise View with its stunning view down the length of the Hope Valley. We will then head down to a quiet spot where we will find row upon row of abandoned, moss-covered pulp stones.  We continue on this path through eerie silver birch woodland before reaching Padley Gorge and following an easy path back along the stream to the Fox House.

Monday 24th May 2021

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Edale Train Station

Length: 10 miles

Grade: Moderate to Challenging


Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, is a vast expanse of peat moorland bordered by evocative gritstone edges, weathered by the elements. On this walk we will venture away from the edges to explore the interior of Kinder, a journey that involves rough ground and a sense of adventure.

From Edale, we will head up to the plateau which looms above via one of the many rugged clough paths. On reaching the top, we will head towards the western edges taking in the Woolpacks, an eerie collection of weathered stones and then head to the iconic waterfall, Kinder Downfall. After appreciating the views, we will head to the huge gritstone tors known as Kinder Gates. From here we will plot a route back across the peat moorland which will involve a great deal of rough ground , crossing peat groughs and bog until we reach the southern edge where we will select a suitable path for our descent into Edale.

Grade: Moderate to challenging. 10 miles, 800m ascent, some sections off path across moorland and peat. A reasonable level of fitness is reuqired for this walk.

Tuesday 25th May 2021

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Baslow Nether End

Length: 5.5 miles

Grade: Leisurely

Chatsworth House, sitting on the banks of the River Derwent, is both a Peak District treasure and an elegant presence on a grand scale. Our walk enters Chatsworth Park via an old iron kissing gate and proceeds along a well-maintained path through grassy fields where sheep and deer can be seen grazing. Our first glimpse of the house itself is nothing short of breath-taking as it appears on the horizon.

Having reached the house, we continue over the 18th century 3 arch bridge, giving wonderful views of the facade of Chatsworth House. From here, we follow the river towards the ruined mill and the one arched bridge that marks the extent of the estate.  We then turn back away from the river towards the extraordinary village of Edensor.

Edensor was built in the 19th century by order of the 6th Duke of Devonshire to replace the original village which he had demolished as it interrupted his view. Each house is built in a different style but all in harmony with one another. It has the feel of a model village but on a human scale.

From Edensor, we return towards the main house with time to look around the former stables where there is a gift shop and cafe before returning via a different route to our start point in Baslow.

Grade: Leisurely.  The walk is 5.5 miles with few gradients and is taken at a leisurely pace in order to enjoy the surroundings to the full.

Saturday 29th May 2021

THE PARKS (WALK II)

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start: Highgate Underground

Finish: St James’s Underground
Length: 8 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

Starting in Highgate Village walking across Hampstead Heath to Primrose Hill, Regents Park, Hyde Park, Green Park and finishing in St James's Park. This walk gives us a view of London from the North and takes us through a number of quiet, peaceful areas in addition to briefly crossing London's busiest shopping street!

Saturday 29th May 2021

PEAK DISTRICT MILLSTONES, ROCKY OUTCROPS AND THE LONGSHAW ESTATE

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start:Fox House, Sheffield/Hathersage

Length: 8.5 miles

Grade: Moderate

A varied guided walk taking in some of the iconic features of this part of the Peak District including remnants of its historic past. There are dramatic quarries and edges, abandoned millstones plus an Iron Age hill fort. Add to that a beautiful silver birch woodland, stretches of moorland and the gentler scenery of a National Trust estate and you have the makings of a memorable day out.

Grade: Moderate. The walk is 8.5 miles long with 600m of ascent. A reasonable level of fitness is required. The route is mainly on moorland paths with some steeper and less defined sections.

Sunday 30th May 2021

PEAK DISTRICT: KINDER SCOUT EAST: MADWOMAN’S STONES

Who: Her on a Hill

Guide: Clare Kelly

Start: Edale Train Station

Length: 8.5 miles

Grade: Moderate

Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, is a vast expanse of peat moorland bordered by evocative gritstone edges, weathered by the elements. On this walk we will venture away from the edges to explore the interior of Kinder, a journey that involves rough ground and a sense of adventure.

From Edale, we will head up to the plateau which looms above via one of the many well-trodden paths. On reaching the top, we will head towards the eastern edges and head off piste to the assembly of gritstone rocks called Madwoman’s Stones. After appreciating the views, we will head along the northern edge of Kinder before turning inland and heading to the trig point in the middle of the moor. From here we will plot a route back to the southern edge before choosing a suitable path for our descent into Edale.

Grade: Moderate 8 miles 540m ascent. This walk is moderate but with challenging aspects as we walk off path for part of the day across rough ground and peat moorland. A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Saturday 26th June 2021

CAPITAL RING - WIMBLEDON PARK
TO RICHMOND

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start: Wimbledon Park Underground

Finish: Richmond Over/Underground

Length: 8 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

A wonderful walk passing the All England Tennis Club, crossing Wimbledon Common into Richmond Park and down to Petersham to meet the River Thames and following the path into Richmond.

Saturday 31st July 2021

THE CENTENARY WOOD, EPSOM DOWNS

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start and finish: Tattenham Corner BR Station

Length: 6 miles

Grade: Moderate

The Millennium Wood was planted to commemorate the First World War. The area is the site of a WW1 training camp and the walk explores the way in which the story has been remembered with planting, statues and stories to remind us of this part of history. An ultimately uplifting walk through a lovely part of the Downs.

Saturday 21st August 2021

THE CITY

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start and finish: tbc

Length: tbc

Grade: Low Moderate

A chance to look at some of the unusual and hidden places in the City of London as well as the iconic buildings and streets.

Saturday 25th September 2021

BLACKHEATH TO LONDON EYE

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start: Blackheath BR Station

Finish: Waterloo BR/Underground

Length: 10 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

Walking across Blackheath into Greenwich Park we trace the path down to the River Thames where we cross under the river using the foot tunnel onto the Isle of Dogs. We follow the route of the River through Docklands to Tower Bridge where we cross again to the south side and trace the path to the London Eye.

Saturday 30th October 2021

RICHMOND PARK

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start: North Sheen BR Station
Finish: Richmond Station
Length: 8 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

We will walk the perimeter of the Park enjoying the 2500 acres, the views, the woodland and the parkland of this beautiful Royal Park – a National Nature Reserve, London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation.

Saturday 27th November

HIGHGATE TO HAMPSTEAD

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start: Highgate Underground

Finish: Hampstead Underground

Length: 5 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

Highgate to Hampstead, including a visit to Highgate Cemetery and Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, our walk will end the year discovering the historic village of Highgate and the wonderful green space of Hampstead Heath.

Saturday 18th December

CHELSEA

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start and finish: Sloane Square Underground Station

Length: 5 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

A walk through Chelsea tracing its history through the many Blue Plaques in the streets. The Plaques offer a glimpse into the past from 15th to 20th Centuries passing The Royal Hospital, Chelsea Physic Garden, Thomas More’s Beaufort House and Crosby Hall. This walk is more leisurely rather than a brisk yomp taking us through a beautiful and fascinating area.

Weekends throughout the year

WEST CORNWALL HISTORY AND MYSTERY (PRIVATE GUIDING)

Who: Wild Rambling

Guide: Helen Venus

Where: West Cornwall

West Cornwall may be a little out of the way to get to, but it's certainly worth the trip! From picturesque fishing villages to moors with 360 degree views, you will discover iron age forts, ancient settlements, holy wells, industrial heritage and more.

Explore parts of the South West Coast Path or the much quieter interior of the Peninsula, on a bespoke day walk tailored just for you. 

Date tbc

WINDSOR GREAT PARK

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start and finish: Windsor & Eton Riverside Station

Length: 7 miles

Grade: Moderate

A royal walk through Windsor and the Great Park following the Long Walk and discovering this wonderful area. We start and finish in the town under the walls of the Castle.

Date TBC

THE PARKS (WALK 1)

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start: Holland Park Underground 

Finish: Parliament Square

Length: 7 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

Starting at Holland Park and walking through the beautiful streets of the area into the park itself, down to The Design Museum, through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James Park, ending in Whitehall and Parliament Square. We will stop to look at various points of interest including architecture, gardens, inscriptions, monuments, even an allotment nestling beside Horseguards Parade.

Date TBC

WOMEN'S LONDON

Who: Walking London, Walks for Women

Guide: Barbara Hamilton

Start: Parliament Square

Finish: Bloomsbury

Length: 5 miles

Grade: Low Moderate

We walk from Parliament Square through Westminster, Lambeth, Soho dnd Bloomsbury tracing the lives and history of over 30 women who have influenced London in some way.

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