Start Point Millers Dale Station car park - pay and display Click here to see a map of the walk
Grid Reference SK 13860 73318  
Length Length 5.3 miles  
Grade Route not possible during or after wet weather. Well marked paths, can be a scramble in places by the river.  

Brief Description

A walk up the scenic Wye Valley through Chee Dale from Miller's Dale. A limestone valley with plants and wildlife in abundance. The route the climbs to the small village of Blackwell before returning to Miller's Dale by the Limestone Way.


signpost at Miller's Dale station

Starting out from the old railway station at Miller's Dale take the Monsal Trail West, signed towards Chee Dale and Buxton.

You will pass the old lime kilns, which are worth a quick look inside.

Follow the trail for 0.5 miles until you come to a bridge over the river. The tunnel ahead is not open to walkers so you will need to follow a diversion.


Exit from The Monsal Trail

Take the diversion to the right and descend to the river by the steep steps.

At the bottom of the steps turn right and follow the river up stream.

Sections of this path are not far above normal river level, and other sections are stepping stones. During wet weather these sections are not passable.

Diversions are signposted.


Stepping stone along the Wye

Continue following the river upstream, keeping the river on you left.

Pass through Chee Dale and the with the limestone cliffs towering above you as you take the stepping stone.

The path does cross to the other side of the river. A path goes off to the left. Do not follow that path, instead continue following the river and cross back over the river.


Viaduct with the footbridge

Continue under the next railway viaduct, ignoring the sign and path off up to the right to the Monsal Trail.

The next viaduct has a footbridge across the river. Cross the bridge and climb up to the Monsal trail.

Turn right onto the trail, heading west.


Exit from the Monsal Trail

After 250m the trail passes under a bridge. Immediately after the bridge take the path to your left, over the wall and up the hill across the field.

Take the track up hill, past the footpath on you left. Follow the sign for A6 and Topley Pike Lay by.

As you near the main road follow the track round to the left. Follow the Pennine Bridle way signs.


Turn to the Limestone Way

Continue along the bridle way, through a number of gates towards the village of Blackwell.

When you reach the road, turn left and take the road in the same easterly direction towards the village.

Continue through the village. Cross the B6049 and go up hill until you reach the sharp right bend.

At the bend take the track to the left which is part of the Limestone Way.


From the Limestone Way onto the B6049

The Limestone Trail heads north for nearly a mile, as it steadily drops down towards Miller's Dale.

The Track opens onto the B6049. Turn right and head down towards Miller's Dale.

This is an unrestricted section of road and some drivers are traveling too fast. The road curves to the right, giving poor visibility if you walk on the right facing the on coming traffic.

I crossed the road and walked on the left were there is a bit more room on the verge and much better viability.

On reaching Miller's Dale take the left turn up the hill and back to the station car park.


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Ordnance Survey maps should be used in conjunction with these instructions.