PLATINUM JUBILEE WALK – GRINDLEFORD
A walk on rights of way, permissive footpaths and lanes, 12miles long, an ascent of 672feet. It can be done in one or split into two sections of around 6 miles each. It is also possible to walk shorter sections by using local bus services 275 & 65. There are opportunities for refreshments on or nearby it, a route full of interest with many stunning views.
The route starts and finishes from the Community Shop at St Helen’s Church and is as follows; Froggatt Wood – Froggatt Bridge – Eyam New Road – Goatscliffe – Adlington Lane – Sir William Hill – Sandy Lane – Leam – Hogg Hall – Leadmill – Harper Lees – Coppice Wood – Padley Chapel – Padley Gorge – Burbage Brook – Longshaw – Jubilee Hill – Haywood.
Start from the Village Shop/Church, exit by the bottom gate, walk towards the bridge, take the kissing gate on your left just before the bridge. Follow the footpath through Horse Hay Coppice & Froggatt Wood leading onto Spooner Lane (1Mile) and Froggatt Bridge.
Turn right over the bridge, go up the lane to the Main Road, 🚍 cross it carefully to the stile opposite, then go uphill, over a stone stile and emerge onto Eyam New Road at Windy Corner. Turn right downhill on Eyam New Road (2m) & follow it down to turn left into Goatscliffe Farm Lane just before the road junction.
At the end of the lane, cross the stile ahead & descend steeply to cross Goatscliffe Brook 50m upstream of the wall & climb up the field path, at the top go right to follow the field path keeping the hedge on your left. Go through an open gateway straight across the next field to reach a small gate, then a metal gate by holly tree into a narrow path to emerge into Adlington Lane (3m) & walk down to Sir William Hill Road. 🍴🚍
Turn left steeply uphill, pause to take time to take in breath & views! After 500 yds turn 1st right into Sandy Lane (4m) & continue along until you start to go downhill. Follow the lane to a left hairpin bend, go steeply down to go right round another hairpin bend. At the bottom turn left & immediately right into the drive downhill towards Hoghall (5m) at the gates go thought the kissing gate on your left into the field & walk down to the stream.
Cross the little bridge to take the right fork path that leads up through a wood onto a driveway at a cattlegrid, turn right to reach a metalled road. Turn right onto it, walk downhill to reach the Plough Inn at Leadmill. 🚍🍴Turn left & cross over the road when safe to walk over Leadmill Bridge. After a short distance take the lane to Harper Lees (6m) on your right alongside the river. At the house go through the kissing gate to follow the path through the field in front of the house.
The path reaches the Derwent on your right before entering Coppice Wood through a gate. At the low post fork left signed “Grindleford Station. * (6.5m).
*If doing the shorter route, stay on the riverside path to go back to the start point. Retrace this to walk the 2nd leg.
The path leads up the wood below the railway to a gate go through it & follow the path sightly right away from the railway. (7m) Head through a pair of gateposts to a coppice of trees in the next field, turn left up the track to a railway bridge, cross it, then turn right onto the track leading to Padley Chapel.
You can explore the ruins of the Chapel before continuing, the track passes houses to a junction with a track on your left, signed Longshaw Estate/Padley Gorge.” #
# To visit Totley Tunnel/Station Café, carry on the track past the Mill & return.
🍴Take this uphill track passing through a gate into Padley Gorge and follow it all the way up. (8m) Go through a metal gate near the top & pass by the footbridges. Stay on the west bank of Burbage Brook until you reach the footbridge near the road at Toads Mouth (9m).
Cross the footbridge and go up the stepped path, turn right at a stream on a path to reach the white gate opposite Longshaw Lodge. Cross the road carefully and walk along the main drive to the Visitor Centre café. 🍴🚍
Take the path in front of the Café down the steps or ramp, go through the gate, turn left, go through another gate onto a wider drive. Follow it straight ahead through the Longshaw Estate (10m) to reach a white gate and the main road.
Through the gate turn right and carefully walk along the road around the corner to another gate on the right. Go through this, bear left up to a gate in the wall with a NT sign “Jubilee”. 🍴
Through the gate follow the path straight down passing through trees to reach the top of Jubilee Hill and the magnificent views, this is where beacons were lit at previous Jubilees. (11m). Retrace your steps to the corner of the wall and take the path to the right, leading downhill to reach Haywood Car Park.
Take the path below the car park and soon fork right downhill to reach the transformer by an old gateway, head downhill and take the 1st left fork. Stay on this path ahead downhill and you will eventually find yourself back where you started & refreshments at the Village Shop! (12m). 🍴Refreshments nearby. 🚍 Bus Stops nearby.