Locals invited to Lathkill Dale walk

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PEOPLE in the High Peak and those from further afield are being invited to Lathkill Dale on Saturday, February 4 to join a guided walk exploring the spectacular top end of the dale and, hopefully, to see Lathkill Head Cave in full flow.

The walk will start at 10.30am at the parking area on the B5055 Monyash to Bakewell Road, half a mile east of Monyash.

The two hour walk, which will be approximately three miles long, will give people the chance to find out about how the dale was made and about how the area has been used in the past. In particular it is hoped that it will provide an opportunity to see Lathkill Head cave in full flow.

The walk will be led by Paul Maddox, Natural England’s Community Outreach Adviser for Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve who said: “Lathkill Head Cave is one of the most spectacular features of the nature reserve and a chance to see it in full flow shouldn’t be missed, especially as this usually happens over a very limited period. “As well as visiting the cave, the walk will take in the historic One Ash Grange Farm and Ricklow Quarry where some of the fossil-rich stone used in fireplaces at Chatsworth was quarried.”

Those coming on the walk are advised to bring appropriate clothing for the time of year and suitable footwear for relatively rough ground. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

There is no need to book but there will be a £2 per head charge for those taking part.

For more information call Paul Maddox on 01629 810 579 or e-mail paul.maddox@naturalengland.org.uk or visit the East Midlands events page on www.naturalengland.org.uk.