Off the rails

A twixtmas walk between the bad weather days, Sunday 29th, cold but in glorious winter sunshine for the whole walk. We started from the Middleton Top visitor centre, waiting for the East Midlands Spice group to arrive allows for a warming cuppa, walking westward along the track bed of the High Peak Railway 1830 to 1967 with a look back at the winding engine house that facilitated the Middleton incline, we turn off right at the first junction to pass by the side of the Intake quarry and Moor farm, at the stile turning right onto the footpath with fine views of the disused section of the Hopton quarry and go under the old bridge under the disused branch line for the quarry, climbing up the other side of the valley to join the bridleway over Griffe Grange with long views over to Ible and the Via Gellia valley, at the junction of paths, with the sign to nowhere, we turn left on the Limestone Way to climb steadily then descend and climb to re-join the High Peak Trail turning left to our lunch stop at Harboro Rocks, these rocks are Dolomitic Limestone and are some of the oldest in the Peak District eerie in cloudy conditions with their jagged skyline, not today, this area has been inhabited since the Ice Age with remains of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements, legends of a 16ft giant’s grave and a Druid’s chair & bowl carved into the rock on the top, the cave according to Daniel Defoe in the 1720’s had a family of miners living there for at least 3 generations, after exploring we take time to admire the new view of Carsington reservoir, new for the addition of the 4 wind turbines now erected on Carsington Pasture, still the best panorama of the reservoir, back down to re-join the trail eastwards back to the start via the Hopton incline. Time to retire to the Rising Sun down the road for well earned refreshments and a bowl of chips. A walk of 7 miles on good paths. To book this or any guided walk in the Peak District call Mick on 07710192399 or visit our web site or Email

the path to nowhere

the path to nowhere

Middleton Top

Middleton Top


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