Peak Forest, Jewelknoll Plantation, Limestone Way

1 hr 26 mins

3.62 miles (5.82 Km)

Small roundabout in Peak Forest 0.5 Km north of A623

SK115797

Note: The northern part of this route is covered on OS map OL1

From roundabout take "Private Lane" gently uphill.
Pass Conie's Farm with its small orchard on your right to reach metal gate and stile.
Over stile and continue through next field aiming for stile half way up far wall.
Continue through next field still trending slightly leftwards to another stile.
Cross next 2 fields with wall on your left.
Over stile and aim for stile just short of top right hand corner of next field.
Over stile and trend diagonally left on poorly defined path on rough ground aiming for right end of trees just visible over brow of hill.
As more trees come into sight, the path swings leftwards slightly and you're aiming for a clearing between the trees.
The path continues directly on (avoid the obvious path heading right above the trees on your right) passing the remains of a dead fallen down tree on your left.
Cross the remains of a wall and after a short distance pass a partly fenced old mine shaft on your left.
Path progressively becomes more defined but at a fork take the right hand path and avoid the tractor tracks trending left.
Continue over brow of hill and follow path to stile at far corner of field.
Over stile and turn right through gate or stile onto wide bridleway.
Continue on bridleway with excellent views towards Castleton, passing through 3 gates/stiles.
After 3rd gate take path on right (there are 2 options so take right hand one of these signposted "Limestone Way" (wall will be on your right).
At the end of the long field, path bears left to gate and junction of paths.
Through gate on right and take bridleway between wall (right) and fence (left).
Follow bridleway downhill, passing farm buildings on your right at one point until the track swings rightwards and you reach a tarmac farm access road to the farm which is now on your right.
Turn left onto the access road and continue to road.
At road turn right downhill back to the village of Peak Forest and your car.