A blog seems as good a place as any to record walks; I’ve uploaded this one to Everytrail as well, but there’s always the risk a site like that closes.
This walk was a shortened version of one we have in a book; in all it’s just over 4 miles, and took us around 2 hours, with plenty of time within that for looking at views and climbing the tower at Crich Stand itself. Puns available: the Cliff Inn, and the Derwent Inn at Whatstandwell (though it was closed today, despite its notices saying otherwise).
To flesh out the briefer details on Everytrail:
Start from Whatstandwell Station, where there is a pay & display carpark (currently £2 for all day)
- Cross the railway and then the canal using the two linked bridges. Continue along this path to the road.
- Cross the road, turning right, and and almost immediately turn left up Hindersitch Lane. The road bends sharply left: continue along it until you find The Green on your right
- Now turn into the Green and continue along this road as it in turn bends left. At the end of the lane there is a narrow path straight ahead; take it.
- You emerge onto Top Lane. Turn right, and within about 40 yards turn left at a footpath sign.
- Follow this footpath upward through woodland, continuing straight ahead as it crosses two larger tracks. Once it emerges onto open land, it soon splits into two – take the right hand fork.
- Follow this to the edge of the houses, then turn right end follow it round to the left to reach Coasthill – this is the left turn before Wheatsheaf Lane
- Now continue straight ahead along this lane and then across fields – there are one or two bends and diversions.
Eventually you reach the road near the Cliff Inn. Turn right (uphill) and pass the Tramway Museum entrance, continuing to follow the road round to the left
- Follow the road straight ahead as it rises towards Crich Stand (actually a side turning from the road which bends right)
- Once at Crich Stand, follow the signed footpath which leads off to the right of the immediate approach to the monument.
- This path curves continuously leftward round the quarries, and then drops down to cross the end of the tram tracks; then it works its way down through woods until, having become a farm track then a track by some houses, it reaches a road, Leashaw.
- Turn left, then immediately right onto another footpath.
- This path meanders downward through fields, then through woodland among old quarry workings, now just cliffs. After a while it reaches the Cromford Canal
- Turn left onto the Cromford Canal, and follow it back to the carpark.