Duration : 3.5 Hours 5.5 miles Level : Meduim Footwear : Lighweight Sturdy
Circular walks should be quite easy to follow, because its a kind of circle. Meaning you end up at the same spot.
My walks, whether circular, rectangular, square, always feel like a hexagon. Up and down, left and right. Im hoping my guides with photos make it easier for you. I follow routes myself when I’m planning anything for my blog. I sometimes wish, what I follow had photos to help me.
Ok lets get back to this walk, I’ve added the “Miner’s Arms Brassington” to the title for a reason, more on this later.
Park at the Sheepwash car park ( DE4 4DD) by Carsington Water. There are also lots of water activities available around this lake. Ideal summer fun with the kids.
1. Once parked your heading northwards, so just turn and face the other way. The reservoir should be on your right. Look for the first sign post and head towards Carsington.
The path is winding and gets a little busy with cyclists aswell as walkers. A few hundred yards you come to our second sign post on the left. Sign posted, Carsington and Miners Arms ( Carsington ). Go through the gate and straight over the road.
Carefully across, you continue onto the path, passing Wash Farm on the right. Head downwards, towards the Miners Arms Carsington. Take a left from here and up towards the junction.
2. At the junction head straight over passing several cottages. Beyond a gate, the path becomes greener and you are beneath the slopes of Carsington Pasture.
3. Continue upwards and on your left you pass a beautiful farm cottage and a field. As you pass the cottage, you go a little further ahead and come across a gate. Go through the gate and immediately right.
Walk a little further and you come across a water tub-bath- hole, I don’t know what they call them. I’m calling it a bath. So enjoy with a nice book.
Ok all washed and clean, stay on the left continue climbing the grassy slopes to the west until you come across another green track. Passing the remains of a gap stile, then by a old stone gatepost in the next tumbledown wall before descending into the little valley.
4. Go over two stiles to cross a green lane, then follow a miners track for 200yds heading towards some old mine works. A footpath sign directs you around some limestone outcrops before arcing right towards Brassington.
Turn right at the wall stile and follow the waymarked route across the fields into the village.
5. Turn left, then immediately right up Miners Hill. STOP ✋. If your hungry or thirsty I highly recommend, the Miners Arms.
Now to explain the reason why I put this pub in the title. Two words, “absolutely delicious”. The salad was very tasty and the vegan burger was the best meatless burger I have ever tasted. Delicious and highly recommended.
Ok, fed and watered take a right turn onto Jasper’s Lane, left up Red Lion and left again along Hillside Lane. Few hundred yards ahead on your right, leave the lane for a footpath. This passes more limestone outcrops. The faint lane veers right and passes the head of a green lane.
6. Climb right over the pathless wall stile. Through the next three fields the path becomes to the right, parallel to a line of wooden electricity pylons.
In the fourth field, bear right above the rock outcrops and go through the top gate. Now aim for the buildings of Longcliffe Dale Farm. After going over the next stile turn left up the road, passing the farm.
A footpath on the right then cuts a corner to the High Peak Trail, passing a electricity station and Peak Quarry Farm. Follow the track across three fields to a path junction.
Turn right through a gate along the Limestone Way. At a gate turn left through a gap stile and continue on the Limestone Way until it intersects with the High Peak Trail.
I don’t know if it was that fabulous lunch at the Miners Arms, but every gap in the wall felt like a tight squeeze. 😒
7. Anyway, back to the trail. From here turn right and your passing Harbourgh Rocks. A lot of history here and used by the bouldering and climbing enthusiastics.
8. Passing the rocks on your left, walk a few hundred yards. On your right you come to a sign post to Carsington. This descends down a small field to cross Manystones Lane.
Follow the wall across Carsington Pasture, then descend by Woods to a gate by a cottage.
9. “Are we there yet”, yes almost. Turn left down a little ginnel leading to the road and left again to retrace your earlier route back to Sheepwash car park. You will pass the bath tub mentioned earlier, perhaps a well deserved dip, maybe not.
Stay safe, ” keep calm and keep moving”.
Walked 13th September 2020
Duration : 4 Hours Difficulty : Meduim Footwear : Lightweight sturdy grip.
The title reminded me of the cowboy film from 2007, “3:10 to Yuma”. I don’t recall ever watching the movie, but I thought it was a catchy title.
So, what is Sveti and how far is it beyond the UK. Sveti Llija Mountain is in Orebic, Croatia. At 961m above sea level its up there with the likes of Scaffel Pike in the Lakes.
Referring back to the title, 4:15 is the early morning wake up time. Those of you who have been to Croatia, will know in the summer, temperatures reach pass the 30s and it gets very hot after 830am.
We were up and packed, 2 litres of water each for myself and wifey. Along with light snacks which replaced breakfast. I believe a single 1.5L bottle each would have been enough. You save on carrying extra weight.
We set off from our apartment in Prapratno ( gorgeous ) at around 515am. The drive to Orebic was around 1hr 30mins. This was my second time driving on the opposite side of the road. The first was a brief drive in the Czech Republic.
Our start point was located a short walk from the car park near the church in Orebic. I believe there are two other routes. Just Google your choice and a quick pray might help, “amen”.
The start point seemed busy, but soon after people spread out into couples or small groups.
The climb up started around 645am, it was getting hot. I was a little conscious about the sun reaching us before we reached the summit.
The way up was steep with beautiful views across the sea and into the next village. The whole path is well marked with red lettering and dots.
At around 730am most of the path is well shaded from the morning heat. As your walking up, becareful of loose stones and make sure you take rest and drink lots of water. I had 2 quick coffees before we set off. Think that kept me from falling asleep.
After almost 2 hours we reached the summit and the 360 views were amazing.
We didn’t spend too much time at the top, it was getting very hot and a little crowded. There seemed to be a group of walkers from Czech Republic, who asked me to take a photo. Which I’ll share on here . I love black and white photo’s and this very large family seemed happy with it.
Photo’s done, snacks eaten, it was time to head down and beat the morning heat. We chose the same route down and were a little more careful about the loose stones.
It was almost to the half way point when I came across these two beauties. Mamma and faul.
Beautiful animals, it was a really nice treat. I didn’t see any markings, so not 100% whether they belonged to someone or were free spirits.
The way down took a little less than the way up, but who’s counting. Either way the knees were slightly sore, I think that was mostly due to over indulging in the Croatian cuisine and filling my belly, adding more weight on my knees.
Martin, I think was his name. Nice chap, he walked down very fast and seemed like a very active person. Had a pro camera in his hand so I presumed he was a keen pro/amateur photographer.
The end was close and was a relief in one way, due to the heat and slightly sore knees. This hasn’t been an easy hike but a absolute joy.
The views are absolutely amazing and bumping into mamma horse was a bonus.
On the way back to the car Park or on the way to the start point, you have a grape field on your right. I’m sure a cheeky handful wouldn’t be missed.
Enjoy this hike and keep safe. Water, suncream, hat, sunglasses and perhaps you too will catch the “4:15 to Sveti”.
Stay safe 😉
Hiked 10th August 2020