HIGH PEAK TRAIL
A PHOTOGRAPHIC WALKING WEBSITE by NEIL HASLEWOOD
High Peak Trail - 24th February 2008
WALK STATISTICS
Date 24th February 2008 Description High Peak Trail
Start Point High Peak Junction  
Total Time 7hrs 35min «--------------- Time taken for statistics
Walking Time 6hrs 25min Finish Point Duke Of York Pomeroy
Stopped Time 1hrs 10min Elevation at Finish 380 metres
Distance 18.80 miles Start Grid Ref SK 31479 56084
Moving Average 2.5 mph Finish Grid Ref SK 11922 67485
Elevation at Start 80 metres Temperature 7°C
Total Ascent 615 metres Weather Overcast with rain at times
Max Elevation 396 metres Walking With Angela
WALK NOTES

High Peak Junction - Black Rocks - Middleton Top - Longcliffe - Minninglow - Gotham - Friden - Parsley Hay - Sparklow - Dowlow

On an overcast and rainy (at times) day Angela (fellow member of the OFC) and I set off from High Peak Junction which is also on the Cromford Canal. The route of this railway - the Cromford and High Peak Railway - survives as the High Peak Trail. Its construction was organised by Josiah Jessop, the son of the builder of the Cromford Canal. The line was designed to carry freight, limestone out, coal and other materials in. Occasional passenger services ran during the summer months. The first part of the trail is uphill where 3 inclines have to be negotiated - the last being Hopton Incline. At the top of each incline are engine houses or winding gear to pull the trains up the steep slopes. The High Peak Trail is used not only for walkers these days but also for horses and cyclists. The full length of the trail is said to be 17 and a half miles but I measured it to be nearer 18 miles. We encountered the first rain of the day shortly before Minninglow but although it was raining we still decided to stop for some well earned refreshments. At the Friden Brickworks there were some interesting designs on the wall of the building next to the trail. Just before Parsley Hay the trail joins the Tissington Trail. Our second scheduled stop of the day was at Parsley Hay station. The end of the High Peak Trail is at Dowlow. This is well signposted on the way but surprisingly there is very little there when you arrive. This was a long walk and we were both glad when we arrived at the Duke of York at Pomeroy for a well earned pint.

OVERVIEW (Route maps at bottom of page)
PROFILE
REFERENCE

Reference Books Used

None
Maps Used
OL24 Explorer - The Peak District (White Peak Area)
PHOTOGRAPHS
Car Park at High Peak Junction
High Peak Junction and Cromford Canal
High Peak Junction and Cromford Canal
The first steep incline
Old building on first incline
Looking towards Cromford
Looking towards Cromford
Horses on High Peak Trail
High Peak Trail near Black Rocks
Sculpture on High Peak Trail
Old quarry workings before Middleton Top
Old Waggon at Middleton Top
Hopton Incline
A kiln in the distance
Hopton Incline sign
Harborough Rocks from High Peak Trail
View to Rainster Rocks
View to Rainster Rocks
View to Parwich
The trail goes on and on ...
Embankment near Minninglow
Cyclists on High Peak Trail
Brickwork design at Friden
Brickwork design at Friden
Brickwork design at Friden
Information sign at Friden
High Peak Trail meets Tissington Trail
High Peak Trail meets Tissington Trail
High Peak Trail sign
Tissington Trail sign
The end of the High Peak Trail at Dowlow
MAP 1
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MAP 2
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MAP 3
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MAP 4
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