Be prepared for the unexpected as you climb from the Cromford Canal to Crich Stand for suddenly a vintage tram may appear out of the trees. You get a splendid view, a cheery wave from the conductor, and it's a good excuse for a rest. Then, after climbing to the top of Crich Stand war memorial, you walk through the attractive village of Crich, followed by a delightful descent through Crich where, in spring, the wood is full of bluebells. Finally an easy stroll along the Cromford Canal completes the day.
LOCATION: Whatstandwell, south east Peak District
START: Turn off A6, 3 miles beyond Cromford, past The Family Tree to car park by canal bridge.
Grid ref: SK332543 Postcode: DE4 5HG
DISTANCE: 7 miles
TIME: 4 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
NOTE: Crich Stand www.crich-memorial.org.uk/
EN ROUTE: Buebells, Wakebridge, Sherwood Foresters, Gratton Bridge, River Derwent
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News