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Start: Ashford-in-the-water

Distance: 5.75 miles (9.2 km), circular

Minimum time: 3h 30min

Parking: behind the church, £ 1 for the day, start from the car park

Level: Easy


As soon as the weather is good we love to go to Peak District for hiking. This time we had a couple of Couchsurfers at home who wanted to do an easy walk to discover the English countryside. So we opted for this walk that starts from the village of Ashford-in-the-water and passes by the Monsal Viaduct.


Here are the key steps to make this hike:

1-Exit the car park and turn right onto Vicarage Lane. Go up the street until you find Pennyunk lane. You have to walk through pastures with sheep and cows.

2- Follow the road towards Monsal Head. When arrived in the car park of Monsal Head follow the direction of Monsal Viaduc.

3- Pass the Viaduct and then take the path on the left that goes down and along the river in the direction of Monsal dale.



4- Follow the river until you reach the A6 at Lees Bottom. Cross the A6 and the parking and take the left trail towards Ashford and Taddington. Then follow only the direction of Ashford.

5- After climbing into the forest, follow Ashford and Sheldon on the left.

6- Follow the main road until you find the A6, which you will have to cross to return to the village of Ashford and find the car.


This hike is fairly easy because there is no big difference in height and goes through the fields. It is therefore not recommended to do it with dogs. The landscape around the viaduct is very nice.


Do you know this hike? Do you like to hike in Peak District?