Enjoy the lovely Coombs Dale

A lovely spot is Coombs Dale.

A LOVELY walk taking in Longstone Edge, Black Harry Gate and what is possibly the Peak District’s least-known dale, Coombs Dale.

StartMain Street, Great Longstone
Distance7.3miles (11.7km)
Height Gain1,382ft (421m)
TerrainCountry lanes, paths and tracks
TimeAllow 4/4.5 hour
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  • With the White Lion pub behind you, turn left and walk down Main Street until there’s a gap between the houses on the right. Walk up the lane, and take the public footpath on the right to cross the churchyard and squeeze through the gap in the wall to reach the road. Turn left onto Beggarway Lane and follow the road away from the church and with the extra graveyard on the right. After a driveway on the left, turn left and head down the track to the gate at the end. Enter the field and follow the clear path diagonally to the right to the far corner. Climb the stile and head for the lone tree.  Climb another stile and follow the line of the bottom of the dale around to the right. After the trees on the left, turn left and follow the line on the ground to the far hedgerow. A clearly-marked path climbs to the top of Longstone Edge, keeping the second wood directly on your right and eventually reaching a dirt-track byway. Take the footpath directly across – the gates inside the stone wall – and follow the wall all the way until you reach a track at Black Harry Gate.
  • Follow this path all the way through Coombs Dale. After leaving a wood on both sides, and with the A623 in sight and within earshot, take a footpath to the right to re-enter the wood. Don’t take the next right path but leave the wood to rise to a junction.
  • Turn right to follow a tree- and wall-lined track until it enters a field. Follow the line on the ground as the path turns to the left, eventually running alongside another stone wall. The path becomes a track again as you make your way to the farm buildings. Take the footpath opposite the buildings to reach Bramley Lane. The footpath continues across the lane and turns into a track.
  • This track follows the line of a wood to the right, and ignore the track off to the right and a later footpath, also to the right. The track drops steadily, going past a footpath and a byway on the right and a covered reservoir. Looking more like a proper road now, the track goes through a settlement of houses and farms before eventually reaching a footpath on the right after a wall corner.
  • Go through the small gap in the wall and follow the path across two fields to reach a track. Cross over and continue on the same heading on the footpath to follow a wall on your left to the entrance to a field. The path heads to the bottom left corner of the second field, between two trees. Turn left and follow the wall-lined track to reach Beggarway Lane on a corner. Turn right and after the 30mph sign on the road, turn left down Barn Furlong. Just after the road turns to the right, find the wall-lined footpath on the left after a house. Take this path to eventually meet Main Street in Great Longstone.