Walk #14: Friden, Long Dale and Gratton Dale
Map of the walk
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After a day spent messing around on Kinder, I thought it would be nice to head back south to the White Peak area. There is not much to say about this walk except for the fact that it runs through couple of classic White Peak dales - Long Dale and Gratton Dale.
This walk starts off at the car park in Friden, just off the A515 road. Leave the car park and head back to the road near Friden Grange. Turn right to follow the road northeastwards for a fifth of a mile, passing under an old railway bridge that carries the High Peak Trail overhead. The road curves to the left and then the right; just after the right-hand bend turn right to join a bridleway that heads eastwards across a field before reaching two areas of woodland - Bolderstone Plantation to the north and Little Bolderstone Plantation to the south. This marks the entrance to the pleasant Long Dale.
Continue on the path until a junction is reached at SK201596; here turn left to follow another bridleway north up Gratton Dale. This bridleway ends at a road at Dale End. Turn left for a short distance, then take a road that leads off to the left, climbing steeply uphill. It makes a sharp jink to the right to head northwards; at SK196622 turn left along a track that heads westwards towards Mount Pleasant Farm. Continue westwards along this track past the farm; it heads past Kenslow Farm before ending at a road at SK176622. Turn left, and from here it is simply a case of following the road southwards back to the car park at Friden.
A better description of this walk can be found on the Peak District walks website.
This makes a total distance of 7.8 miles, with 1063 feet of ascent and 1063 feet of descent.
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