White Peak Wanders, Lathkill Dale (11.5 miles/18.5 km)

The Peak District is a National Park of two halves. The Dark Peak so named for the peat based soil which gives it a dark, sombre look, whilst the White Peak has limestone as its bedrock giving it that brighter lighter look. And a classic hallmark of the White Peak are its dales (a valley in an otherwise hilly area). Starting from Youlegreave this delightful walk follows the stunning Lathkill Dale all the way to Monyash. From here you’ll follow the Limestone Way over the hills and back to Youlegreave.  As with all my favourite walks, the scenery is of two halves too – starting out as a riverside walk and finishing as a walk over the hills. The walk is a tad over 11 miles in distance, easy going and with only one cheeky bit that will lead you up a short hill at Cales Dale. Go in the spring – it will be great!

Youlegrave and Lathkill Day Walk

Youlegrave and Lathkill Day Walk map

General Information

Start / Finish LocationYoulegreave Youth Hostel, Fountain Square, Youlegrave DE45 1UR

Distance: 11.5 miles / 18.5 km

Height gain: 2130 ft / 650m

How tough? Not tough at all! (Also perfect for a good run).

Local pubs we would recommend: The Farmyard Inn, Main St. Youlegreave

Recommended kit list for UK hill walking