HASLAND: Church walking group’s ramble through Bradford Dale

Twenty members of the Hasland Church Walking Group, along with their canine colleagues Rosie and Benjy, met outside the George Hotel, Youlgreave.

Twenty members of the Hasland Church Walking Group, along with their canine colleagues Rosie and Benjy, met outside the George Hotel, Youlgreave.

The group left Youlgreave and went down Bradford Road to Bradford Dale. From here the Limestone Way footpath was taken, with a steady climb past Round Wood to Harthill Farm. The footpath was then taken to Robin Hood’s Stride. This rock formation consists of two tower-like stones, 15 metres apart. Legend has it that Robin Hood strode between the two towers. Coffee was taken below the rock formation. It was decided to take a small detour to visit the nearby Hermit’s Cave below Catcliffe Tor, which contains a fine crucifix carved out of the wall of the cave and dating back to medieval times. From here the walkers retraced their steps towards Harthill Farm, with fine views of the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.

Turning left just before Harthill Farm, the lane was taken towards Cliff Farm, and, on turning up the drive to the farm, poor Rosie, one of the four-legged walkers, was nearly lost as she fell into the bottom of a deep cattle grid.

Lunch was taken in warm sunshine near Tomlinson Wood, and then the path led over fields with marvellous views over Bradford Dale from above Hopping Farm. The path led down through Hopping Farm to the head of Bradford Dale, then the length of Bradford Dale back to Youlgreave. The steep climb from Bradford Dale past Youlgreave Church ended a great six mile walk.