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Walk #14: Friden, Long Dale and Gratton Dale

General Data

Date Walked 28/03/1999
County Derbyshire
Start Location Friden car park
End Location Friden car park
Start time 11.30
End time 14.31
Distance 7.8 miles
Description This was a pleasant stroll along Long Dale and Gratton Dale before walking back to Friden.
Pack Today's pack was full, except for not having much spare clothing or food.
Condition I feel okay after this walk. My legs got very tired on the uphill climb to Mount Pleasant Farm, but recovered on the flay section that followed. Feet were okay afterwards. I had tried out using 1,000 mile socks next to the skin with their oversocks, but I think that I prefer using their undersocks with a a pair of woolen thick oversocks.
Weather Today was sunny and reasonably warm, but with a cold wind blowing which meant it was cold on the tops.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


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.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Friden car park Dale End 3.8 364 795
Dale End Friden car park 4.0 699 268

This makes a total distance of 7.8 miles, with 1063 feet of ascent and 1063 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #14
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Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
11Stanton Moor2.9
14Friden, Long Dale and Gratton Dale7.8
16Darley Dale - Winster - Matlock7.0

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