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Walking in the Peak District, Derbyshire, UK - Brassington and Carsington Pasture

A short circular walk from Brassington, Derbyshire across Carsington Pasture.





Altitude Gained:



2 hours

Towards the South of the Peak District lies the large reservoir of Carsington Water, and the villages of Brassington and Carsington.

This short circular walk starts from the village of Brassington, crossing Carsington pasture.  As it does so, you are rewarded with superb and far-reaching views.

Looking down on Carsington Water, Derbyshire

Above: Looking down on Carsington Water, Derbyshire.
© Mat & Niki Adlam-Stiles, 2010

Walk in brief:

An easy circular walk on clear trails with plenty of superb views.  Carsington Pasture is the site of many ancient lead mines, and there is an abundance of archaeological interest.  Sadly, the landowner is very insistent that walkers stay on the footpaths!

There is minimal altitude to be gained, although the short section climbing out from Carsington village is steep. The walk starts in the village of Brassington, where on-street parking can usually be found.  Brassington has two good pubs, both offering food, but no village shop.

Refer to the Ordnance Survey Map OL24 (White Peak) for more ideas/information.

Starting from Brassington:

Near the road junction (SK232543) a public footpath heads East, intially through a yard/access track, before swinging right into open countryside.

A clear path crosses two fiedls, climbing gently, before heading directly uphill to a field boundary.  As you climb, the views back to Brassington become ever greater, and as you start to contour around the site of "Nickalum Mine", excellent views over to Ashbourne and Carsington water are to be had.

Follow the path until you reach the lane at SK238539, then cross the lane, taking the path directly opposite heading up-dip.  Just over the brow a farm track is met.  Resist the temptation to follow the track, and instead keep straight ahead.  You will find yourself amongst an extensive area on ancient lead mine workings, and of an ancient miners' path heading downhill towards the small village of Carsington.  You'll approach the village along a small lane, reaching the main road at a junction at SK251534.


Turn immediately left up Miners Lane, and climb the steps.  From here a short, but rather steep section climbs back onto Carsington pasture amongst numerous hillocks and capped mine shafts, reaching a junction of paths at a field boundary.  Tuen left here (Just West of North) following the dry stone wall, and passing "King's Chair", a rocky outcrop with a chair carved in it!  As you head over the brow of the hill, the views change and the rocky outcrop of Harborough Rocks, ever popular with rock climbing enthusiasts, comes into view.

Continue Northwards towards Harborough Rocks until you reach the Brassington-Wirksworth road.  Crossing the road brings you almost immediately onto the easy-going High Peak Trail, a disused railway line, now a leisure route for walkers and cyclists. Turn left onto the High Peak Trail (aka Pennine Bridleway) and follow this for ~1.5km, passing Harborough Rocks, an old quarry and some limekilns.

Returning to Brassington:

At SK236556 the Limestone way Crosses the High Peak Trail.  Turn left here, climbing the embankment out of the disused railway line and into open farm land.

The path soon brings you through a small farm, and eventually down to Manystones Lane.  Right here along the lane, and then left will bring you down to your starting point in Brassington.

Rare fly orchids can sometimes be found on undisturbed ground 
    of disused mining sites

Above:  Rare fly orchids can sometimes be found on old lead mining sites.
© Mat & Niki Adlam-Stiles, 2010


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