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    Monsal Head and Wyedale Circular Walk

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    14.0 km
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    471 m
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    Monsal Head and Wyedale Circular

    Walking the Monsal Head and Wydale Circular is a great adventure in Derbyshire that will take you along the River Wye from Monsal Head to Bakewell and back again. While out on the trail, you will experience some beautiful riverside scenery along the dales that encompass the river and pass through some charming villages in the process. This is a great weekend walk for exploring the beauty of the Peak District.

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    Route Description for Monsal Head and Wyedale Circular Walk

    While parts of the Monsal Head and Wydal Circular will be extremely busy during the summertime, the majority of the route will be a pleasant stroll through the forests and dales that line the banks of the winding River Wye. Setting out from Monsal Head, follow the trail west as it descends towards the river to begin the scenic walk through the dale. Cross over the flowing water and take in the tranquil riverside atmosphere, as you walk along the edge of the water that skirts around Fin Cop towards Great Shacklow Wood. Make your way east to pass through the village of Ashford in the Water before continuing on to the edge of the town of Bakewell. Here, you will leave the river behind and chart a course to the north to cut across the open farmland and meet up with the busy portion of the route along the Monsal Trail. Take this to the west and follow it back to Monsal Head where you began.

    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 Monsal Head and Wyedale Circular Walk Trailhead

    To reach the car park for the Monsal Head and Wydale Circular from Bakewell, drive northwest on Buxton Road/A6 for 2.3 km and turn right onto A6020. After 0.2 km, turn left onto Betty Lane and follow it for 110 m before turning right onto Greaves Lane. After 2.3 km, you will find the car park on the left.

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    • Backcountry Campsites

      Green Hills Holiday Park, Park House Camping

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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