Chee Dale

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The dramatic slopes and imposing crags of carboniferous limestone that form Chee Dale create a spectacular setting for a walk although please be aware that the natural rock faces and quarries can be hazardous. To avoid danger please keep to the paths and follow the country code. Among its many delights are the ash woodland, limestone grassland and an impressive 200ft deep gorge, which are of international importance and help make this a SSSI. Several footpaths pass through the site, including the Monsal Trail. Although much of the reserve itself is steep and inaccessible, you can see most of it from the paths. If you are following the riverside path to or from Miller's Dale be aware that it becomes impassable at several points if the river is high. The limestone grassland is bursting with colour all summer, from the cowslips and early purple orchids of May to the grass of Parnassus and sheets of scabious in August.

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Park at Topley Pike layby on the A6. From here there is a concessionary footpath into the dale. Or park at the well-signed Wyedale car park on the A6 and walk east along the riverside path. Or at Miller's Dale Station walk west along the Monsal Trail.


Nearest railway station is Buxton.


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Address: Chee Dale, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, East Mill, Bridge Foot, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1XH, UK.
Phone: +44 1773 881188

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