Much of this delightful walk is along the banks of the Lathkill and Bradford; both of these rivers flowing entirely through limestone country are famous for the purity of their water.
After leaving Middleton and walking along Bradford Dale for a stretch, the walk soon takes you into the pretty village of Youlgreave. Leaving the village behind, you are quickly back into open countryside.
Your route leads you across Meadow Place Grange farmyard, which can be very muddy. The original grange farm belonged to Leicester Abbey from the 12th century until the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.
Soon after leaving the farm, Lathkill Dale is reached. It is well known for its aquatic life. Trout may be seen in the river and the bank sides teem with wildlife.
Before the bridge was built at Alport, where the Lathkill and Bradford meet, the old Portway, an ancient trackway, forded the river on its journey from Castle Ring to the Iron Age hill fort on Mam Tor near Castleton.
The walk along Bradford Dale not only provides an opportunity to admire the scenery, but also to note the varying styles of bridges across the river and to gaze into the crystal clear fish pools as you near Middleton.
Length: 6 miles.
Start/Finish: Roadside car parking in the centre of Middleton.
Location: From the A6 Matlock to Buxton road take the B5056 for the village and then follow the signs for Middleton-by-Youlgreave.
Terrain: Mostly easy walking with only short climbs and descents. Much of the route follows the Lathkil and Bradford rivers. There are some muddy patches to watch out for in wet weather.
To find out more details about this walk please click here for the guided tour of the route, you may also find other walks on here of all different strengths and abilities - from easy rambling to monstrous mountaineers!
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