Monk’s Dale is a beautiful walk in the Peak District National Park. It’s a less popular route than nearby Chee Dale or Monsal Trail but it’s just as picturesque.
The Monk’s Dale walk is one of the five Derbyshire Dales, covering 57 hectares. It takes you through the valley of Monk’s Dale Nature Reserve and you’ll be met an array of greens from the different plants, trees and mosses along the walk.
The walk is wonderful to enjoy any time of the year but particularly in spring/summer months when you can see the Nature Reserve really come to life with birds and wildflowers.
From Millers Dale station car park, you head along the Monsal Trail for a short distance, before descending to the road. Then you follow the stream along Monk’s Dale Nature Reserve until you reach then end and loop back via the Limestone Trail.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk, parking details, route information, walk map + GPX file, facilities on the walk, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!
Monk’s Dale, Derbyshire from Miller Dale
Monk’s Dale walk mapClick for OS online map
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 138 732
Car parking address: Miller’s Dale car park, Wormhill, Buxton, SK17 8SN
The car park has about 80 spaces, but it’s a very popular place to visit so arrive early to guarantee a space during peak times.
- £1.40 up to 1 hour
- £2.50 up to 2 hours
- £4.00 up to 4 hours
- £4.75 all-day
Nearest train station: Buxton train station (6 mile/10 km)
From the train station, it’s about 16 minutes on a bus that drops you close to the car park.
Facilities on the walk
There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Miller Dale car park. However, no other toilets on the rest of the walk.
During weekends and peak times the old station buidling at Miller Dale has a cafe that opens serving drinks and snacks.
Other useful information
The footpath through Monk’s Dale is very uneven with tree roots and is rocky in places, so although a short walk in length, this section can take longer than you might expect, but it’s a fun walk for kids to explore.
The route has minimal signposts but as long as you follow the stream that leads into the River Wye at the start and then continue until you come out of the Nature Reserve. I recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
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Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map required for this Derbyshire walk is OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area)
Buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, you can buy a standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!
Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App.
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Monk’s Dale walk route
Stage 1 – Millers Dale to Monk’s Dale
Distance: 0.6 miles/1 km
Grid reference SK 138 732
A wonderful place to start the walk in the Peak District, Millers Dale was an old train station, which used to be the busiest train station between Derby and Manchester. You can see plenty of evidence around the old station building and near the car park.
Turn left and head along the Monsal Trail for about 500 metres until you see a sign for a footpath on your left. Take the path and follow it steeply downhill and across a bridge over the River Wye.
Once across the bridge, cross over the main road and turn right, continuing on the road uphill bearing right.
After 100 metres, there’s a gate which then doubles back on the route, but continues heading upwards. Follow the path until you reach another single footpath leading down to Monk’s Dale.
It’s muddy around this area and you’ll need to take your time heading down to the valley.
Then simply across the stepping stones and turn left to follow Monk’s Dale.
Stage 2 – Monk’s Dale to Limestone Way
Distance: 1.5 mile/2.5 km
Grid reference SK 141 734
The path weaves through Monk’s Dale on a single track footpath, which appears and disappears as you make your way along the route.
You’ll cross over a wooden bridge onto the other side of the stream before if gradually disappears and you’re in the heart of Monk’s Dale.
The route isn’t signposted but simply continue following all the way through the Nature Reserve.
Go through a stone stile in a drystone wall exploring deeper into Monk’s Dale walk.
There are lots of tree roots and rocky ground to navigate but it’s a real sensation overload so take your time and enjoy seeing how nature has taken over the walk.
Eventually, you’ll come out onto a flatter path and across a field to the road where you join the Limestone Way.
Stage 3 – Limestone Way to Miller Dale
Distance: 2.3 miles/3.8 km
Grid reference SK 130 752
Turn right up the road. Then at the crossroads, turn right again, following the signpost for the Limestone Way.
Continue along the track all the way until you go through a gate. At this point, you’ll reach the path you were on at the beginning of the walk.
Head down the trail, through the gate at the bottom and turn right until you reach the road.
Follow the road, past the church and under the viaduct.
As the road then leads off to the right you’ll see a footpath sign with steps leading back up to the Monsal Trail. Turn right at the top, then you’ll be back at Millers Dale station shortly after.
Do you have any more questions about Monk’s Dale walk, maybe what to wear on your hike or any other questions? Ask me in the comments below.
Extend the walk
If you want to do a longer walk, why not add the Chee Dale 5-mile loop onto this route, to make it a 10-mile walk instead.
Stop at Millers Dale car park for lunch and a rest stop, maybe pop in the cafe! Then continue in the opposite direction and explore a different part of the area.
The full walking route here Chee Dale 5-mile loop
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