It’s by far one of the prettiest of the Derbyshire Dales and sits about 3 miles from the popular village of Bakewell. The area features imposing limestone cliffs, woodlands, pretty waterfalls and an abundance of interesting flora and fauna. It’s particularly great for bird watchers and birds such as herons, dippers and coots are often spotted along the river bank.
One of the best ways to see the sights here is to enjoy a Lathkill Dale walk. One of the most popular trails is between Monyash and Youlgreave. There’s some beautiful scenery to discover – including the Lathkill Dale waterfall, hidden caves and historic mining sites. It’s an 11km Lathkill Dale circular walk and is moderate in difficulty level. It should take the average walker 2-4 hours. Parking is plentiful in Youlgreave and the easiest way to get to the start of the trail is by car.
There is also an opportunity to cut the walk short and many people stop at the mouth of the River Lathkill and then double back, effectively cutting the walk in half.
Best places to eat at Lathkill Dale
You will no doubt want to stop for a bite to eat at some point during your day. Local pit stops include:
The Lathkil Hotel – the food here is traditional and hearty pub grub (perfect for refuelling) and there are also unrivalled, panoramic views of the Dale to be enjoyed whilst you eat.
The Bulls Head, Monyash – you’ll find another offering of hearty fare here, alongside local ales and a traditional country pub ambience. It’s also dog friendly, which is great news if you’ve brought your furry friend along with you.
The Old Smithy Tearooms – a great spot to grab a quick bite to eat. The menu is all locally sourced and offers a wide selection, so there’s plenty to choose from.
Places to stay at Lathkill Dale
If you don’t feel like travelling after completing the trail, then worry not. We have three wonderful places close by for you to spend an evening celebrating your successful completion of the trail.
Just a stroll away from the splendour of Chatsworth House, The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is a village Inn with charm by the pint. The comfortable, traditionally-styled country Inn rooms each feature stylish, understated décor and an intimate atmosphere. Perfect after a long day exploring.
The Devonshire Arms at Beeley is just a short walk from Chatsworth House. This Inn and its 18 beautiful en-suite bedrooms blend an idyllic village setting with contemporary comfort. Awarded five-star Inn status, and a Rosette by the AA, alongside recognition in the Michelin Guide, it’s clear to see that this Inn is serious about food. And with a selection of regional cask ales, as well as a selection of stylish bedrooms, you might end up staying for longer than you planned.
Located in one of the Peak District’s most picturesque villages, the blissfully luxurious Cavendish Hotel at Baslow is quite possibly the perfect countryside escape. From fine dining in the three AA Rosette Gallery Restaurant to relaxing in one of the 28 stylish, sumptuous bedrooms; the Cavendish has it all. Of course, the magnificent surrounding countryside will demand your attention, too.
Other useful info
The whole of Lathkill Dale is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is an important habitat for local wildlife. Along the trail, there is a closed-off area to protect the Jacob’s Ladder plant which is endangered but grows abundantly in this area. Please respect all of the boundaries in place and stay out of the river.
There are no toilet facilities on the trail, so be sure to make use of the facilities at the car park before you set off.