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Boxing Day Walk

Peak District Boxing Day Walk

Peak District Boxing Day Walk. Looking to get the family out of a few hours on Boxing Day?

After all that turkey and stuffing, here’s a short walk to blow off the cobwebs.

Five-mile walk

Starting point – Wheeldon Trees Cottages, Earl Sterndale, SK17 0AA

Approximate time for the walk – 1 2/4 hours

Approximate distance – 5 miles (8 kilometres)

Walk down the drive past Sheldon Cottage.

At end of the drive, turn left and go through the gate at the footpath sign (A).

Straight ahead to the gate on the far side of the field (B). Go through the gate and turn right. Follow the path downhill with the wall on your right until you reach the road.

Go through the gate, turn left and continue on the road.

Take the first road on the right. As it bends to the right turn immediately left, crossing over the wall into a field (C).

Walk straight ahead, cross two fields and join a track. Continue through Meadow Farm, until the path rejoins the road.

Longnor Village

Turn right onto the road and at the T junction (D) turn right again, heading past The Packhorse Inn, across the River Dove and up the hill until you reach the village of Longnor.

Head up the cobbled lane between Cobbles and the public loos and turn right on to the road at the church. At the beautifully named Top o’th’Edge, turn left, head up the hill and round to the left (E). 

Ahead of you is a great view of High Wheeldon.

Go through the metal gate and down the concrete path until you reach a stone barn.

The footpath passes to the left of the barn, heads across the meadow (keep all the way over to the left if boggy), then up and down to cross Beggar’s Bridge (F).

Continue up Green Lane, rejoining the farm road at (C) and turning left where this joins the public road.

After 200 meters, climb the stile onto the National Trust land and follow the path keeping the stone wall on your left.

Go through the gate (B) and walk uphill to the fingerpost. Go through the gate – Wheeldon Trees is on your right and you’re back where you began.

Visit Peak District has a whole website dedicated to things to do in our beautiful region. Click here to find out more.

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