White to Dark Way

A long distance path of 27 miles in the Peak District which begins in the White Peak and ends in the Dark Peak. The walker of this way experiences the transition from easy draining limestone terrain to water retaining gritstone moor. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: Bakewell
Distance: 27 miles (43 km)
Grid Ref: SK220686
Climbing: 1,579 metres
Walk time: 12-15 hours
Days: 1-2

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: Created to celebrate Country Walking magazine's 25th birthday back in 2012, the White to Dark Way is designed to showcase some of the National Park's best natural and man made features including the transition from white peak limestone to dark peak granite. In doing so the trail heads through some attractive towns and villages including Bakewell, Monsal Head, Litton, Foolow, Eyam, Hathersage and Hope. During the walk, limestone dales, some wooded, give way to stark gritstone moorlands with a scattering of Peak District favourites along the way including the Monsal Trail, Cressbrook Dale, Eyam Moor, Stanage Edge and Ladybower Reservoir. The final stretch from Ladybower to Hope even includes the toughest climb of all, a steep up and over Win Hill. Still, you should be warmed up to the task by then.

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