Buxton Circular via the Dragon's Back walk
Remote and quiet Upper Dove Valley, combining extreme natural beauty with the more esoteric beauty of industrial sites. Go over or past the very unique Dragon's Back
26.1 km (16.2 mi), with 785m ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.
8 out of 10, with 7 hours walking time.
This is an exciting expedition from the renowned spa town of Buxton into the remote and quiet Upper Dove Valley in the limestone area of the White Peak area, which combines extreme natural beauty with the somewhat more esoteric beauty of former or active industrial sites. Most certainly, one of a kind.
An Alternative Route at Chrome Hill leads along the flank of the hill rather than over the top of the ridge.
OS Explorer: OL24 (The Peak District – White Peak Area)
Buxton Station, map reference SK 059 737, is 22 km southeast of Manchester, 299m above sea level and in Derbyshire. Buxton Station is the terminus of the Buxton Line from Manchester, with two trains per hour Mon-Sat daytime and one per hour else. Journey time is 60 mins from Manchester and ca. three hours from London (chg. at Stockport). A faster connection can be obtained by taking a train to Macclesfield and bus 58 to Buxton.
Saturday Walkers’ Club: The walk is doable as a daywalk from London with a train no later than 07.20 hours.
The Quiet Woman Earl Sterndale, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0BX (01298 83211). The Quiet Woman is located 10.6 km (6.6 mi) into the walk. The name of the pub and the image of a beheaded woman on its pub signage, are reputedly concerning ‘chattering Charteris’, a 12th century scold who was never content unless she was nagging her publican husband and making his life a misery. When she began to nag and complain in her sleep, too, he cut off her head with an axe. The motto on the inn sign, “Soft words turneth away wrath”, seems ironic. This pub is currently closed.
Cobbles Coffee Shop As above. Cobbles is located 11.5 km (7.1 mi) from the end of the walk.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk