Lathkill Dale

Walk 31: Lathkill Dale via Magpie Mine

A stunning circular hike down into Lathkill Dale, with a visit to the atmospheric remains of Magpie Mine – a fine example of lead mine industrial heritage in Derbyshire.

From the car park, you head across fields and woodland, before descending into Lathkill Dale. After walking through much of the dale, you climb out to Over Haddon, then head northwest toward Magpie Mine. From the old mine, you continue on to Monyash, with the final stretch taking you back into Lathkill Dale, before finally retracing your steps back to the car park.

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  • Distance: 12 miles
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Minimum Duration: 5 hrs
  • Refreshments: PubCafe
  • Route: Download .gpx file
  • Start Grid Ref: SK194644


Free parking is available at Moor Lane Car Park, Youlgreave, DE45 1WE.


Derbyshire, UK

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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. Turn left out of the car park and cross over Long Rake Road/Back Lane and head through the stone stile in the wall opposite the roadside parking area. The initial section of the walk is part of the Limestone Way, a long-distance footpath that crosses Derbyshire/Staffordshire.
  2. Continue diagonally across several fields following the footpath for roughly 900 metres before meeting Low Moor Wood. Briefly head through the wood and continue across another field up towards Calling Low Farm.
  3. Continue on the path and take the stile in the wall to the right of the farm. Follow the path through another small wood as it bends westward across more fields and slowly descends towards the trees in the valley ahead.
  4. Upon meeting the final wall before the trees, head through the stile and drop steeply down the well marked stone steps into Cales Dale.
  5. At the bottom, turn right and continue for about 300 metres until meeting the River Lathkill.
  6. Cross the footbridge over the river and turn right. Continue along the path for just under 2 miles, with the river close to your right. Look out for the ruins of Bateman’s House, built in 1830 by the Lathkill Dale Mining Company to cover a 12m deep shaft housing a novel designed water-powered pump to drain their lead mines. It later also served as the family home for the company’s agent James Bateman.
  7. Eventually the track will meet a small road with a large house on the right. Continue up the road as it steeply snakes upward, first left and then right, up to the village of Over Haddon.
  8. After the main car park (with toilets), head left up to Monyash Road. Continue on Monyash Road for about 200 metres until meeting a stone stile in the walk with accompanying fingerpost on the right. 
  9. Leave the road over the stile, taking the path north west, ascending across fields.
  10. Cross over the B5055 road and continue across more fields. The path will pass to the right of Bole Hill and begin to drop down to a small road.
  11. Cross the road and continue up along the walled track that eventually leads down to Magpie Mine. Magpie Mine is a well-preserved disused lead mine and is a protected Scheduled Monument.
  12. Leave the path to the west of Magpie Mine and continue until meeting the road. 
  13. Turn right and continue on the road for about 250 metres, looking out for a gate on the left with an accompanying fingerpost. 
  14. Head through the gate across the field, through the Hard Rake Plantation and down to Horse Lane
  15. Turn right and continue on Horse Lane before it eventually meets Chapel Street at the edge of Monyash.
  16. Turn left on Chapel Street and head into Monyash – the perfect time for a pitstop at the pub or cafe.
  17. At the main cross-roads, turn left along Church Street, past The Bulls Head and continue for about 800 metres, passing the Lathkill Dale Campsite on the left.
  18. Upon reaching a small car park and toilets on the right, head through the gate, back towards Lathkill Dale. Continue for about 1.2 miles until reaching the footbridge from step 6.
  19. Cross the footbridge, retracting your steps back to the car park.
  • Green Fields
  • Cave Entrance
  • Lathkill Dale
  • River Lathkill
  • Lathkill Dale
  • Batemans House
  • Church at Over Hadden
  • Magpie Mine Buildings
  • Magpie Mine
  • Magpie Mine
  • Hard Rake Plantation
  • Monyash
  • Lathkill Dale Entrance
  • Lathkill Dale
  • Lathkill Dale
  • River Dove
  • River Lathkill

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

Leigh Walker

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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.


  1. Cocoa pops2nd January 2023

    I’ve done Lathkill Dale a lot in the last few years but didn’t know Magpie Mines existed so this was a refreshing change to the usual route/s. I went slightly off the route at the end, just before it joined the return stretch but this was because it was getting dark and I wanted to be in open fields with moonlight to navigate by. Took me 5.5 hrs including a lunch stop at the mines but again an excellent well-guided walk. Well done Leigh!

    1. Walk In Derbyshire3rd January 2023

      Navigating in the moonlight sounds like fun! Glad you enjoyed Magpie Mine – it’s a fascinating place. Thank you so much for the donation – it really does help to keep the website running.


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