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Slow Ways linking Crich and Alfreton, Matlock, Ripley, Wirksworth
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|Slow Way||Route||To do|
||Verify me||Distance 8km/5mi||Ascent 199m||Descent 139m|
||Review me||Distance 8km/5mi||Ascent 190m||Descent 225m|
||Verify me||Distance 9km/5mi||Ascent -||Descent -|
||Verify me||Distance 12km/7mi||Ascent 437m||Descent 341m|
||Survey me||Distance 11km/7mi||Ascent 444m||Descent 344m|
||Review me||Distance 8km/5mi||Ascent 313m||Descent 277m|
||Verify me||Distance 7km/4mi||Ascent 306m||Descent 273m|
54% of Crich’s four route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified
5 people have contributed to Crich’s Slow Ways
1 people have pledged to walk and review a route
0 people have surveyed a route in Crich
63km out of 63km have been walked and reviewed
147km of reviews have been shared in Crich
Ryan Sandford-Blackburn pledged to walk Crialf oneWalk this route
Ryan Sandford-Blackburn surveyed CrichView facilities
Hugh Hudson added Wircri two, a new walk from Wirksworth to CrichWalk this route
We walked most of this route while following WIRCRI 1, and the only part we didn't walk was the short road walk down from Crich Carr down to Whatstandwell. This version is slightly shorter and easier. For my detailed review with pictures see WIRCRI 1....
There's a little, but not much, of a climb out of Crich, then a nice flat stretch with specacular views on the "summit" between Crich and Crich Carr....
I walked this route from Matlock to Crich....
It's a good route, but there's a point that's not really follow-able. I'll upload an alternative that addresses this....
Where the path forks we take the left branch which continues to cross the field, and joins a clear path that comes down from Seven Rakes, which we follow round a few bends and across another path to St Johns Road, which we follow to its end, turning half left below a gate and following anothr clear path past the Heights of Abraham cablecar line to Upperwood Road, which we also follow to its end. Just above the village the path forks again, and we take the right branch then turn right on the clear path that leads to Coasthill....
we follow Coasthill round the bend and up the hill then take the left turn onto Stones Lane, then following the obvious path right that leads out into the fields, where we join the MATCRI 1 footpath above the steps that lead down to Crich Carr. Before it turns right we follow the footpath sign right, which leads to the problematic section and eventually the track through Duke's Quarry, where we go sharp left down Robin Hood Road, which leads us down to Whatstandwell. Beyond the brook the path turns left through the wood to emerge on more pastures, where a clear path leads us up to Green Lane, which we follow up to Derby Old Road, where we turn right and then left by the pub....
The path follows an obvious trodden line across the first two fields, then left across a stile into a field, where we follow the hedge on the right to a stile in the corner (I misread the map at this point and followed a more obvious track above the hedge, but was eventually forced to retreat when I realised my mistake). We continue up the lane to the right of the farm buildings, and over the railway, where we either follow the path straight on or (as I did because I wasn't paying attention) stay on the lane up to the road, where we turn right and follow the road left round a wide corner. At the far end we cross another squeeze stile and follow the path through the wood to another field, which we cross to reach the houses at Mill Green, where we go left down the lane to the road, where we turn right. After crossing a bridge we turn right at a very old rusty footpath sign, where the path follows the wooded area a short distance before a raised squeeze stile leads left to an obvious path along the field edge....
We leave the Crich Meeting point along Coasthill, which we follow right around a bend, up the hill and going straight on where the main road goes right. Here one can either follow the road right (busy and enclosed) or better go a short distance left to find the path parallel to the road the far side of the wall, which leads to the bottom of the drive that leads up to the Crich monument, which a familiar landmark to most people in East Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. We turn right and right again at a footpath sign into a field, where the path is now clearly marked until it meets the lane that goes up the hill from the farm buildings. This crosses a road and continues across a few more fields to reach a rutted lane, which we follow down a short distance to another path left across fields, which leads us into Lea, where we follow the road past the Jug & Glass Inn (last possible refreshment stop before Matlock) to reach a crossroads, where we take the footpath straight on steeply down the hill. The path crosses a road and goes slightly right and straight on down to a bridge over Lea Brook....
Ken added Cririp two, a new walk from Crich to RipleyWalk this route
Work continues on the restoration of Wingfield station claimed to be the oldest surviving railway station building in the world, trains no longer stop here. The path passes under the line by a bridge just wide enough for those on foot showing there was a footpath here when the railway was built in 1840. A new development expanding Crich comes into view and the stream crossing here is not on the correct line so cross the bridge and head for the track then left you may not even notice you are off the plot....
This is basicly a good route but an inconsiderate landowner / farmer has blocked the correct line of the path at Barnclose Farm Fritchley. I will post an unobstructed route but should we abandon routes that have illegal obstructions or should we take steps to have the obstruction resolved? So I intend to verify it and hope others will take a look....
A few stiles,sections of quiet road with no pavement and a short section of busyroad with a verge. Nothingto see here but an information board in Fritchley will tell more.Mill Green offers a former Hat Factory and a section of quiet roadwalking before more fields and a view over Fritchley before divinginto a pleasant wooded section. At the end of this it's possible todrop down to Lynam Road and avoid the loop around Tithe Farm butstaying high offers views across the Amber valley....
This was a good route that we took as the third leg of a long circular walk that started in Alfreton onto Matlock then into Crich. The directions were clear and easy to follow, the usual care needed as sometimes the paths are not always clear....
This was a good walk that was the second leg of a longer circular walk, as we walked to Matlock in the morning from Alfreton, then heading on to Crich and eventually finish back in Alfreton. The trek out of Matlock is quite steep (we had already walked down!) but the views at the top are great....
I did this one Crich to Matlock which offers a reduction in elevation and some great views but still some climbing. Heading north again gently down through pasture is a delight with views northwards, then steps into the hollow way which gives Holloway it's name. More great views before meeting the walled restricted byway which leads to Riber....
The path through the pasture park of Wigwell Grange is a delight. Crossing Mere Brook the path stays on the higher ground with views into the valley. The finger post incorrectly located one hundred metres along the road directed me along a well used twisting path through the remains of old quarry working and spoil heaps before meeting the definitive path at the boundary of the old working....
Hardly saw anyone between Riber Castle and Crich Tramway. About half way the village of Lea has good food at the Jug and Glass Inn and good cafe and cake at Lea Gardens. Some good views - especially at the Forrester Memorial as you get near to Crich (also has a cafe)....
aulda surveyed CrichView facilities
Slow Ways added Crialf one, a new walk from Crich to AlfretonWalk this route
Slow Ways added Cririp one, a new walk from Crich to RipleyWalk this route
Slow Ways added Matcri one, a new walk from Matlock to CrichWalk this route
Slow Ways added Matcri two, a new walk from Matlock to CrichWalk this route
Slow Ways added Wircri one, a new walk from Wirksworth to CrichWalk this route
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53.08403° / -1.47902°
Easting / Northing
434,993E / 354,215N
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