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Stone clapper bridge over the River Lathkill below the village of Over Haddon
Stone clapper bridge over the River Lathkill below the village of Over Haddon

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Route No. 550 - Sunday 11 May 2014
Alport, Over Haddon, Lathkill Dale,
Youlgreave, Bradford Dale circuit - 8km
Derbyshire Peak District . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak area


Setting off from our parking spot in Alport near the River Lathkill
Setting off from our parking spot in Alport near the River Lathkill

Our turning off the road in Alport
Our turning off the road in Alport

Path across the fields following the River Lathkill
Path across the fields following the River Lathkill

Coalpit Lane where we made a short diversion to the river
Coalpit Lane where we made a short diversion to the river

We walked down the slope towards the river and after a few metres we turned left off the road to follow a path across the fields above the river. After about 500m we came to a track called Coalpit Lane, where our route carries straight on, but the track leads down to a very pretty pool in the River Lathkill above a weir next to Coalpit Bridge. We made a short diversion, (about 50m) to the bridge just to enjoy the scenery and it was very pretty.

My wife and I are spending this weekend with a group of friends in a huge holiday cottage near Alport in Lathkill Dale in the Derbyshire Peak District ( it's an old manor house fitted out with all mod cons including an operational hot tub in the courtyard!). This morning we all drove about a kilometer into Alport and parked in a small parking area at map ref. SK219645, near the road bridge over the River Lathkill.

Path across the fields following the River Lathkill
Path across the fields following the River Lathkill

Path across the fields following the River Lathkill
Path across the fields following the River Lathkill

Coalpit Bridge over the River Lathkill by a weir
Coalpit Bridge over the River Lathkill by a weir


Pool formed by a weir on the River Lathkill at Coalpit Bridge

The path from Coalpit Lane to the road at Conksbury Bridge
The path from Coalpit Lane to the road at Conksbury Bridge

At the road we turned right and walked along the road to Conksbury Bridge over the River Lathkill.

Then we returned to our route and continued along the path above the river to a road at map ref. SK211654.

The path from Coalpit Lane to the road at Conksbury Bridge
The path from Coalpit Lane to the road at Conksbury Bridge

Conksbury Bridge carrying the road over the River Lathkill
Conksbury Bridge carrying the road over the River Lathkill

Our turning off the road above Conksbury Bridge
Our turning off the road above Conksbury Bridge

Path across the fields up to Over Haddon
Path across the fields up to Over Haddon

Along the way there were lovely views up the River Lathkill with its series of weirs and back down the valley with the church tower at Youlgreave in the distance. As we reached Over Haddon the stile on to the street brought us to the Lathkil Hotel where we stopped for a coffee and received good service despite our soggy appearance due to the intermittent rain this morning.

We paused at the bridge to watch the coots and moorhens on the river and then continued along the road. We walked around the first hairpin bend and then turned off the road on to a footpath up the wooded bank to join a path through the fields. We followed this path for about 700m to the village of Over Haddon.

Path up the wooded bank from the road
Path up the wooded bank from the road

Weirs on the River Lathkill seen from the path to Over Haddon
Weirs on the River Lathkill seen from the path to Over Haddon

Reaching Over Haddon at the Lathkil Hotel
Reaching Over Haddon at the Lathkil Hotel

The view across Lathkill dale from the road at the Lathkil Hotel
The view across Lathkill dale from the road at the Lathkil Hotel

Walking through Over Haddon
Walking through Over Haddon

The road to the river from Over Haddon
The road to the river from Over Haddon

Old stone clapper bridge over the River Lathkill
Old stone clapper bridge over the River Lathkill

We crossed the old stone clapper bridge over the river and followed a stony track climbing up the valley side through the woods.

After our coffee break we walked through the village for about 400m to a road junction where we turned left. We walked down the steep hillside round several hairpin bends to the River Lathkill at map ref. SK202661.

Our turning down to the River Lathkill from Over Haddon
Our turning down to the River Lathkill from Over Haddon

Nearing the river on the road from Over Haddon
Nearing the river on the road from Over Haddon

Track climbing from the river towards Meadow Place Grange
Track climbing from the river towards Meadow Place Grange

Path across the fields to Meadow Place Grange
Path across the fields to Meadow Place Grange

Path through the yard at Meadow Place Grange
Path through the yard at Meadow Place Grange

We followed the path through the farm yard and up across the fields beyond.

From the woods the path led us across the fields to a vary large farmstead called Meadow Place Grange.

Cow & calf in a stall at Meadow Place Grange
Cow & calf in a stall at Meadow Place Grange

Leaving Meadow Place Grange on the path to Youlgreave
Leaving Meadow Place Grange on the path to Youlgreave

Looking back to the large farmstead of Meadow Place Grange
Looking back to the large farmstead of Meadow Place Grange

Beef cattle keeping a wary eye on us
Beef cattle keeping a wary eye on us

Leaving Back Lane on the path to Youlgreave
Leaving Back Lane on the path to Youlgreave

Farm track leading to Moor Lane near Youlgreave
Farm track leading to Moor Lane near Youlgreave

After about 400m the path became a walled farm track which we followed for another 400m to a minor road called Moor Lane, at map ref. SK207644. At the road we turned left and walked along the road into the village of Youlgreave.

After about 600m from the farm we came to a minor road called Back Lane, at map ref. SK204652. At the road we turned right for a few metres and then left off the road through a couple of stiles to follow another path across the fields heading towards Youlgreave.

Stile on to Back Lane
Stile on to Back Lane

Path across the fields to Youlgreave
Path across the fields to Youlgreave

Moor Lane leading into Youlgreave
Moor Lane leading into Youlgreave

Following the road through Youlgreave
Following the road through Youlgreave

Here there is a tall circular stone tank built in 1829 to provide the first piped water supply to the village.

We followed the road to a little square called Fountain Square, on Church Street opposite the Bull's Head Hotel and the Youth Hostel & Coop shop.

Looking into Fountain Square in Youlgreave
Looking into Fountain Square in Youlgreave

Fountain Square in Youlgreave with the stone tank built in 1829 providing the first piped water supply to the village
Fountain Square in Youlgreave with the stone tank built in 1829 providing the first piped water supply to the village

Holywell lane leading down to the River Bradford
Holywell lane leading down to the River Bradford

Path following the River Bradford downstream
Path following the River Bradford downstream

There's another old stone clapper bridge across the river here but we did not cross. Instead we turned right to follow the path along the river bank past some pretty weirs.

From Fountains Square we walk along Church Street for a few metres to Holywell Lane on the left. We walked down Holywell Lane (quite steep) for about 250m to the River Bradford at map ref. SK208640.

Old stone clapper bridge across the River Bradford
Old stone clapper bridge across the River Bradford

Path following the River Bradford downstream
Path following the River Bradford downstream

Weir on the River Bradford
Weir on the River Bradford

Path by the River Bradford leading to Alport
Path by the River Bradford leading to Alport

Domestic geese across the river, possibly Normandy breed
Domestic geese across the river, possibly Normandy breed

The whole route had been 8km and it had taken us almost three hours to walk including our coffee stop at the pub in Over Haddon. After our walk we returned to our holiday cottage for one of Geoff's legendary barbeques to round off our walking weekend in Derbyshire.

After about 500m we came to a minor road which we crossed and continued along a track that took us across the river and along the other bank for about 700m to the road in Alport. At the road we turned left to walk up the hill for about 50m back to the car park and the end of our walk.

Path by the River Bradford nearing Alport
Path by the River Bradford nearing Alport

Crossing the road to our parking spot in Alport
Crossing the road to our parking spot in Alport

Arriving at the road in Alport beside the River Lathkill
Arriving at the road in Alport beside the River Lathkill

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