Walk this way: The limestone of Cauldon Low

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Route: 1 : From the road corner head east along the gravel track, walking away from Cauldon.

Go through a gate and continue up a small valley. Pass a barn on your right, go through a slot or swing gate and then take the right fork along a wide dirt track. At another gate in front of you head right through a gate and then follow the field round to the left. After about 30 paces go through a gap in the dry-stone wall and carry on up the hill.

2: At the top right-hand corner of the field go through a gate and head straight across the next field to a gap in the dry-stone wall ahead. After the gap head for the bottom left-hand corner of the next field and cross a stile on to the A52. Bear left for 100yds (91metres) and then turn right along the narrow metalled road up to Weaver Farm. As the road veers to the left there are two footpath signs on the right: at the first of these go back on yourself, up the hill towards a gate in the dry-stone wall.

3: After crossing the stile here keep following the dry-stone wall to your right and at the next gate continue in the same direction, with the wall to your left. At the end of this wall bear slightly right to join another wall on the right and follow it to the gate.

4: Before crossing the dry-stone wall ahead of you, go left for 100yds (91m) and then right over a stile, before making straight for the trig point. From the trig point retrace your steps to the stile, but instead of crossing it, head left across the field, making for the dry-stone wall at the bottom. Follow this wall all the way to Wardlow.

5: Continue as far as the A52 and go straight across, following a public footpath sign. Continue over the thistly plateau of this field to a stile. Once across the stile head straight through the next field, making for its left-hand corner.

6: Go right along the base of a field. Continue to the bottom of a hill and bear slightly left, heading up and then downhill through a series of fields with trees to your left. At the far end of the fields, turn left for 100yds (91metres) and then right along a trail through a narrow valley. At the bottom of the valley rejoin the main track to return to the start point.

Details

TIME: 2½ hours

DISTANCE: 6 miles

TERRAIN: Steady. Gravel tracks, grassy trails and roads, five stiles.

ABILITY: Medium

PARKING: Yes. Ample parking at start point.

HOW TO GET THERE: Map aqua3 OS Explorer 259 Derby; OL24 White Peak (Walk 19)

WHERE TO MEET: SK 086493 which is on Explorer 259

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK: The Cross Inn at Cauldon Lowe is a 17th-century free house and restaurant, with oak beams. It serves a variety of real ales and home-cooked food.