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    Bakewell Circular Walk

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    19.8 km
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    497 m
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    Bakewell Circular

    The Bakewell Circular Walk is a scenic walk in Derbyshire that will allow you to experience the charming villages and picturesque countryside landscapes that make up this part of the Peak District. While out on the trail, you will pass through Bakewell and several smaller villages before taking in the sights of the Headstone Viaduct and the beauty of Monsal Dale. This route is a perfect mix of urban and rural landscapes, making it a great option for a long-distance weekend walk.

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    Route Description for Bakewell Circular Walk

    Walking the Bakewell Circular Walk is a popular activity in this part of Derbyshire due to the ultra-scenic countryside views and well-maintained trail. The route sets out from the town of Bakewell and heads to the northwest along the oft-busy Monsal Trail, a converted railway track that has been turned into a multi-use track. Follow this northwest through the countryside until you arrive in the village of Monsal Head. Once here, you can explore the area a bit before making your way towards the Wye River to view the beautifully constructed Headstone Viaduct.

    After taking in the sights of the arched structure, continue west to walk along the River Wye as it cuts through the picturesque setting of Monsal Dale. From here, you will pass through Great Shacklow Wood before branching off to the south and the east to make your way through the charming villages of Sheldon and Over Haddon. At this point, you will need to turn to the northeast to once again cut across the countryside on the return part of the walk back to the trailhead in Bakewell.

    Other amazing walks in Peak District National Park

    Check out our guides to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Stanage Edge, Dovedale, and Padley Gorge. Or see all of our Peak District walks on 10Adventures.

    Getting to the Bakewell Circular Walk Trailhead

    To reach the trailhead for the Bakewell Circular from the Bakewell Recreation Ground, drive northwest on Haddon Road/A6 for 0.5 km and turn left onto King Street. Follow this for 0.3 km and you will arrive at the starting point of the walk on your left. You will need to find roadside parking nearby.

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      Park House Campsite

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Older Children only

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