There’s something about late autumn that makes me need to be up on the windy moors, among the dying bracken and long shadows. This is an OK moortop walk with an all-terrain pushchair, although please note there is a perilously high locked gate to be crossed to access the moor. The track has lovely views, although keep an eye out too for signs of the bronze age settlement here, including a field system and stone circle.
- AREA: Beeley
- DISTANCE: 2 miles
- FACILITIES: Cafe at Beeley
- PARKING: At the junction of Beeley Lane and an unnamed track at the edge of the moor
- GRADIENT: Gentle
- TERRAIN: Rocky and grassy track suitable for all-terrain pushchairs
- OS MAP: White Peak
(Approaching from the B6012, turn into Beeley village then bear right at the pub and follow the road up the hill for about 1 1/2 miles until it does a right bend at the edge of the moor. Park by the roadside, taking care not to block the access track on the left.)
- From your car, walk back to the obvious vehicle track that starts from the bend in the road. Follow this track for 500 metres until you see a tall wooden gate (locked) with a high stile. Carefully cross the stile (I take OJ over first, leave him on a blanket, then return for the pushchair – it may be possible to post your pushchair underneath the gate rather than carry it over).
- Follow the main rock and grass track along the edge of the moor, past a sign to Hob Hurst House, a bronze age ruin. The track becomes smoother and grassier the further you go. After three quarters of a mile you’ll reach a locked gate among beech trees in the Chatsworth grounds – either turn around here or continue into the grounds.