Long Dale in Derbyshire

Walk 22: High Peak Trail and Long Dale

A gentle hike that rewards with great views of Minninglow Hill; the place of an old Neolithic chambered tomb and Minninglow Embankment; a grade-II-listed structure, constructed in the 1820s.

From the free car park, you head along the High Peak trail before making your way to Long Dale. After Long Dale, you loopback to Pikehall and eventually back to the starting point.

If you find this guide useful, please consider contributing a coffee to help with running costs of the site.


  • Distance: 6.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum Duration: 3 hrs
  • Route: Download .gpx file
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 19476 58152


Free parking is available at Minninglow Car Park, Mouldridge Ln, DE4 2PN.


Derbyshire, UK

Route Map


Print page

Safety First

Please do not rely on this walking guide to solely navigate the hike. Always take a paper map and compass with you and make sure you know how to use them. Hiking is generally safe, but there are always potential risks. Use common sense, plan your route beforehand and make a reasonable judgment at all times.


  1. From Minninglow Car Park, head east along the High Peak Trail for about 2.5 miles until meeting another car park at Friden
  2. Leave the trail, and head down to the road. Continue northeast along the road for about 600 meters. Note that you can come off the road and pick up a path partway along this section
  3. The path leads to a gate accessing a large field. Head through the gate continuing east along the field with tree plantations to both your left and right
  4. Continue and cross another stile into Long Dale. Note that you can scale over the top of Long Dale or skirt the valley floor
  5. Head through Long Dale for about 1 mile until meeting the second dale on the right
  6. Continue to Pikehall, arriving opposite Holly Bush Farm
  7. Cross the road and gently ascend up the track (Hedge Lane) on the left
  8. Upon meeting the crossroads, turn right along Mouldrige Lane and back to Minninglow Car Park.

Minninglow Hill – See More?

Although the walk doesn’t cover Minninglow Hill itself, a visit is possible if you pick up the short concessionary path about a mile in the other direction along the High Peak Trail from the car park (see map for details).


  • High Peak trail
  • Oak tree
  • Long Dale
  • Long Dale
  • Engraved stones
  • Mouldridge Mine Adit

Questions or comment about this route? Leave them in the comments section below.

Leigh Walker

View posts by Leigh Walker
Hi I'm Leigh, the creator Walk In Derbyshire. I've been walking in the Peak District National Park for over 30 years and have a huge passion for connecting with nature and hiking in the outdoors. I write up the all the walks for Walk In Derbyshire and am also the lead on our group hikes.

Leave a Comment

Scroll to top