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.
Footpath above Marl Dale looking north
Lane entering Chelmorton, looking to the vicarage
Spire of St John the Baptist, Chelmorton (locust surmounts the weathervane)
Summer view out of Thurst House Cave
Mouth of Thurst House Cave
Deep Dale in the vicinity of Thurst House Cave
Lower Deep Dale form the cross-dale path