Released: July 2017
Size: 216 x 136mm
Author: Louise Maskill & Mark Titterton
This selection of eight circular walks based around Buxton will help the user enjoy some of the most wonderful scenery that the Peak District has to offer. There is introductory text to the area surrounding each walk, clear route instructions and mapping based on Ordnance Survey maps to help the user out.
Walk 1. Buxton
Walk 2. Three Shire Heads
Walk 3. Goyt Valley
Walk 4. The Roaches
Walk 5. Taddington
Walk 6. Tideswell Dale
Walk 7. Topley Head
Walk 8. Earl Sterndale
Tourists have been visiting the Derbyshire town of Buxton since the 14th century, drawn by its reputation as a spa and hydropathic treatment centre. Successive Dukes of Devonshire invested heavily in the town, building the elegant 18th century Crescent to rival other spa resorts such as Bath and Tunbridge Wells, but the 19th century Victorian passion fro taking the curative waters led to the most significant boom in its development. The Pavilion Gardens and Opera House, now the home of the town’s world-renowned Festival of Opera, Music and Literature, date from this time.
Hydropathic cures became less fashionable in the early 20th century, but Buxton’s decline as a health resort coincided with the rise in popularity of outdoor activities. The town quickly became known as the Gateway to the Peak, and experienced a renaissance as a centre of walking. The Peak District became the first National Park in 1951, with Buxton’s central location making it the ideal base for weekend ramblers and serious walkers from Manchester, Derby, Sheffield and further afield.
This book will take you along sections of some of the national waymarked routes to be found in Buxton’s immediate area, including the Pennine Bridleway, the Dane Valley Way and the Monsal Trail, as well as many local footpaths, trails and lanes. You will climb dramatic limestone escarpments, explore disused quarries, meander through quiet wooded dales and follow the course of some of the area’s many rivers and streams, as well as exploring Buxton itself and learning about the town and its environs.
Each hamlet, wood and dale has stories to tell, ranging from Arthurian legends and the death of the last wild boar in England to horrific industrial cruelty and even murder. The walks in this book provide a detailed and intimate guide to what is a fascinating and beautiful area. The walks vary in length and difficulty, with clear and detailed parking information and directions provided. Whether you do them all or pick and choose according to your interests and the weather, you are sure to find something to suit you.
Enjoy walking in Buxton and the surrounding area with Bradwell Books!