859 Lea Bridge to Whatstandwell

When the cable snapped on Sheep Pasture Incline the wagons flew through the air over the road, the Cromford Canal and Midland Railway. So they built a catchpit. You pass it on this walk as you climb high above the Derwent Valley before returning beside the canal.

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LOCATION: 4 miles south of Matlock
START: Fork left off A6 at Cromford, signed Lea & Holloway, High Peak Junction car park in 2 miles, toilets
Grid ref: SK315561 Postcode: DE4 5AA
DISTANCE: 6 (or 5) miles
GRADE: Moderate.
TIME: 3.5 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
EN ROUTE: Leawood Pumphouse, Smedley's Mill, Lea Hurst, Gregory Tunnel, Whatstandwell, Wigwell Aqueduct, Nightingale, Midshires Way

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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