29th September 2018
This is a walk in the Peak District from -Camra’s Peak District Pub Walks, and it has two of our favourite things -a canal and great pubs with real ale – fabulous!
This route is really interesting as it has so much industrial history in the shape of canal and railway heritage. It’s a 6 mile circular walk in the Peak District that starts and ends at Froghall Wharf. How long it takes will depend on whether you decide to stop for a swift pint at the recommended pubs!!
We ALWAYS want to stop for a pint ?
Hetty’s Tea Shop at Froghall Wharf is lovely if you fancy a cuppa before you set off.
Lovely walk up into the woods
After a lovely walk through the woods we emerged eventually to walk across fields, through a farm and past a lovely old oak tree until we reached the village of Ipstones.
Ipstones is such a beautiful village – and here was our first pub – as recommended by Camra – The Sea Lion – so we stopped for our first pint
The next pub on the list was the Marquis of Granby but unfortunately it was closed. Luckily we spotted another pub down the road called The Old Red Lion so we popped in there – well, we sat outside in the glorious autumn sunshine.
We then walked up through the village to the highest point of the walk where we found lovely views of the Churnet Valley
A little meander through more lovely woods by the stream before we climbed up a stone staircase to join the driveway to Belmont Hall
We then dropped down into the main Churnet Valley – down 200 steps – The Devil’s Staircase – which brought us out at the valley right by The Black Lion. What a fabulous setting for a pub -we sat outside by the canal and the preserved Churnet Valley Railway, watching the steam train tootle by – perfect.
You can finish the remaining two miles of this walk on the steam train if you want to but we decided on the canalside stroll back to Froghall Wharf – it was such a beautiful day and we had plenty of time to get back. Tilly fell in the canal on the way back, bless her.
We absolutely loved this walk and had an amazing day. This is the first walk we’ve done out of our new bookbook so if the rest are as good as this one then we’ll be very happy – thanks Camra.
Thanks for looking at my blog – what’s your favourite walk in the Peak District – or anywhere else??