12 Chelmorton and Deep Dale


Topley Pike

The entrance to Topley Pike Quarry backed by Marl Dale the Chelmorton Low

From WYE DALE    7.5 km/4¾ miles   3 hours
PARK: (GR 104725) Wye Dale National Park maintained pay and display car park.
After-walk Refreshment: Church Inn, Chelmorton

A walk to savour, indeed a ramble to amble, climbing out of the depths of Wye Dale to reach Chelmorton cradled in the lap of Chelmorton Low. The village is famed for its network of walled enclosures, a classic collection fossilising’ medieval cultivation strips and later crofts. The route returns by dipping into Horseshoe and Deep Dales, a delightful sojourn that can include an inspection of Thurst House Cave in a wild romantic setting in this secreted fold of the plateau. The only blemish to the walk being Topley Pike Quarry, though throughout most of the excursion one is mercifully unaware of its existence.


Path above Marl Dale

Footpath above Marl Dale looking north

Lane entering Chelmorton

Lane entering Chelmorton, looking to the vicarage

Spire of St John the Baptist, Chelmorton

Spire of St John the Baptist, Chelmorton (locust surmounts the weathervane)

Path entering Horseshoe Dale

Horseshoe Dale

View out of Thurst House Cave

Summer view out of Thurst House Cave

Mouth of Thurst House Cave

Mouth of Thurst House Cave

Deep Dale

Deep Dale in the vicinity of Thurst House Cave

Lower Deep Dale

Lower Deep Dale form the cross-dale path

Topley Pike Quarry evening light

Evening shadows cast over Topley Pike Quarry works
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