Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Distance: 4.16 miles (6.69 Km)
Parking: Middleton by Youlgreave, village centre
OS Grid Ref: SK196632
Head down the lane opposite the toilets and childrens’ play area in the centre of the village passing Green Farm on your right.
At the bottom of the hill head left following the River Bradford downstream.
Cross the bridge shortly after you see the cottages with the steep terraces on your left.
Immediately after crossing the bridge turn right and continue downstream.
On reaching the gate with road and cottages beyond, turn right over stone bridge and up to road.
Right onto road for 50 mtrs then take the gate on left marked “Limestone Way”.
Head diagonally right to next gate then diagonally left on well defined path to stile.
Over stile onto farm track.
At wood gate straight on with wall on your left.
After next gate trend rightwards to stream and stile.
Over stile then trend rightwards uphill passing another stile over nothing!!
From there continue uphill trending leftwards, aiming for the obvious farm track.
Continue up the farm track until you reach a wall on your right and a junction of paths on your left.
Instead of going through gate on left (as per main route), continue up the wide track signposted “Elton”.
Over stile by telegraph pole, straight on to another stile over wall.
Continue to stile and open gate at right end of wood.
Through gate and turn right signposted “Hoppings Farm” and Middleton.
After 100 mtrs take stile on right and then head diagonally leftwards across field.
Over stile and turn left to arrive at double wooden gates.
Head diagonally right and continue in same direction over next stile.
Through wall with no gate and head directly across next field to single tree (copse is over to your right) and stile next to the tree.
Cross farm track and head slightly rightwards to next stile.
Directly over next field aiming for mid point of far wall.
Over stile and head leftwards downhill to gate.
Cross lane and through gate continuing downhill to caravan site.
Follow markers through caravan site.
Before the farmhouse take the stile on the right hand side of the black metal gate and follow the track round to the right of the farmhouse.
Through gate beyond the farmhouse and directly across next field to stile.
Downhill trending rightwards to stile.
Over stile and trend leftwards downhill to stone bridge.
Don’t cross bridge but continue on path uphill with stream to your left.
Through gate and down steep metal steps, and cross bridge beyond.
150 mtrs along river then take track on left back up to Middleton