24th November 2018
Hiking in Derbyshire is amazing and this walk is from AA.com
Climbing up to Crich in Search of Cardale
- 7.4 miles
- Minimum time 5hrs
- Level of difficulty – medium
- Woodland and field paths, canal towpath, many stiles
- Parking – Ambergate – car park by station
The first thing I will say is that if you do this walk then don’t go wrong at the beginning like we did (and our daughter nearly did the same thing when they did this walk). The first instruction is to leave the car park at Ambergate Station and turn right along the A6, however don’t take the first right because you will go be going the wrong way!!!
Get back on the right track!
Turn left and then right on to the A6 – we should have realised straightaway we weren’t on the A6 as we’ve driven along it so many times andI think we added about another 2 miles onto this walk because we were walking backwards and forwards like a pair of right idiots!!! Anyway, we finally got on to the path we were supposed to be on and it went to plan from there.
Love these two!
This is where we got on to the path we were supposed to be on!!
From here it’s over fields and by the rock outcrops of the Tors – beautiful scenery –
Over quite a few fields, down an enclosed ginnel (or a jitty if you’re from Derby), down to the market square where we saw a pub but sadly hadn’t got time to call in as time was getting on. We then passed the entrance to the National Tramway Museum.
Climbing to Crich
Following the road you then reach the approach road to Crich Stand and the Sherwood Foresters Monument. The path circumnavigates Cliff Quarry and then crosses the museums tram track before descending through woods, before crossing a road and then going across fields and woods to the Cromford Canal.
The final part of the walk is 2 miles along the tow path of the Cromford Canal, which, although it was dark by now, brought back happy memories of the time we walked along here with our gorgeous Yorkie, Alfie, who we sadly lost last year – and we miss him every day – my first blog I ever wrote was about this walk we did with him.
Hiking in Derbyshire is the best and we really enjoyed this walk but we really need to go out earlier in the day during the winter as we don’t really want to be ending our walks in the dark!
Anyway we made it back and had a well-earned pint at The Hurt Arms before heading home!