Long Dale in Derbyshire

Walk 22: High Peak Trail and Long Dale

A gentle hike that covers some lesser-known parts of Derbyshire. There are great views to be had, including 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.


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Total distance: 6.15 mi
Max elevation: 335 m
Min elevation: 263 m
Total climbing: 117 m


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Safety First

Do not rely on the guidance below to soley navigate the hike. We highly recommend downloading the accompanying GPX file and loading it into a navigation device/app. Always take a physical map and compass with you as backup, and know how to use them. Take care out there.


  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).


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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.

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