Monsal Dale, Magpie Mine & Bakewell

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Looking Back To Magpie Mine
Walk Statistics
Date 5 January 2013
Start Bakewell Station
Time 5hrs 15mins
Distance 12.25 Miles
Alt Start 143 Metres
Alt Max 340 Metres
Ascent 565 Metres
Grid Ref SK 2223 6886
Weather Mainly Cloudy With A Little Sun
With Richard Ratcliffe
Peak Climbed Classification
None None

Route - Roadside Parking Near Bakewell Railway Station - Monsal Trail - Headstone Tunnel - Monsal Head Viaduct - Monsal Dale - White Lodge - Sheldon - Great Shacklow Wood - Magpie Mine - Kirk Dale - Over Haddon - Bakewell - Roadside Parking Near Bakewell Railway Station

Magpie Mine Map
Magpie Mine Map

After a very wet Christmas and New Year I was determined to get out for a walk when the weather changed for the better. Also I was encouraged by an email from a follow walker who was thinking along the same lines as me.

For these reasons alone I decided to join Richard Ratcliffe in Bakewell for a walk along the Monsal Trail and beyond. The weather forecast was for a dry day with cloud and occasional sunny intervals. For once the forecasters had got it right.
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Richard Ratcliffe's Summiteer

Richard and I met near Bakewell Station. There was quite a bit of roadside parking along Station Road. We walked to Bakewell Station and joined the Monsal Trail. This is now a disused railway track which runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill in Chee Dale and Coombs Road at Bakewell. The Peak District National Park Authority has lots of information on the Monsal Trail.

Bakewell Station
Bakewell Station

As we walked along the trail we went through Hassop Station and Great Longstone Station before arriving at Headstone Tunnel. This is one of the many tunnels that has been re-opened recently for walkers and cyclists. Work started to reopen the tunnels and improve the surface of the Monsal Trail in December 2009 and was completed in May 2011. The tunnels are very impressive but can only be accessed when the lights are switched on during the day time. Like any tunnel you have to mind the dripping of water from the ceilings.

Headstone Tunnel
Headstone Tunnel

After travelling through the Headstone Tunnel you are presented with a pleasant surprise as you find yourself on Monsal Head Viaduct. The views from the viaduct are very impressive indeed. On a bright and clear day this is a great spot for taking photographs. We walked across the viaduct and then down a steep muddy path down into Monsal Dale. Looking back from here the viaduct seemed huge.

Monsal Head Viaduct
Monsal Head Viaduct

We walked alongside the River Wye to the A6 at White Lodge. The path was very muddy in places. After crossing the A6 we climbed very steeply on a path which was on the edge of Great Shacklow Wood and then as at levelled out we headed across fields to Sheldon. The village was very quiet ... hardly any sign of life here today. Very close to Sheldon is Magpie Mine.

Magpie Mine
Magpie Mine

Mining for lead has been carried out at Magpie Mine for over 250 years. The main shaft of the mine descends 729 feet (222 metres) although the bottom 160 feet (47 metres) are flooded. The large stone building which forms the heart of the complex used to house a Cornish beam engine which was installed in 1840 and enlarged in 1869. Mining ceased operations here in 1958 although the working in the 1950s mined little actual lead.

After exploring the mine buildings Richard and I left down the main drive to the road and then headed for near Bole Hill where we had a break for sandwiches. Then it was across fields once again to Over Haddon and finally Bakewell. This was a splendid walk in a lovely part of the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park.

Bakewell Pudding
Bakewell Pudding

As we walked through Bakewell we saw the famous Original Bakewell Pudding Shop and several birds of prey on display. After changing our boots when we got back to our cars we drove to Hassop Railway Station Café for refreshments.

Station Buildings - Bakewell
Station Buildings - Bakewell

Monsal Trail After Leaving Bakewell Station
Monsal Trail After Leaving Bakewell Station

Hassop Station On Monsal Trail
Hassop Station On Monsal Trail

Bridge Near Great Longstone Station
Bridge Near Great Longstone Station

Light At The End Of The Headstone Tunnel
Light At The End Of The Headstone Tunnel

The River Wye Looking North From Monsal Head Viaduct
The River Wye Looking North From Monsal Head Viaduct

River Wye Looking South From Monsal Head Viaduct
River Wye Looking South From Monsal Head Viaduct

Looking Back To Weir On River Wye
Looking Back To Weir On River Wye

Peak District Poetry On One Of The Many Benches Throughout The National Park
Peak District Poetry On One Of The Many Benches Throughout The National Park

St Michael & All Angels Church Sheldon
St Michael & All Angels Church Sheldon

The Cock And Pullet Sheldon
The Cock And Pullet Sheldon

Winding Gear Magpie Mine
Winding Gear Magpie Mine

Approaching Over Haddon
Approaching Over Haddon

All Saints Church Bakewell
All Saints Church Bakewell

The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop
The Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

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