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Dane Valley Way

Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire

77 km / 48 miles
The Dane Valley Way extends from the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton to the confluence of the River Dane with the River Weaver at Northwich. In 2013 the second half of the route was modified to avoid major roads and extended from its original finish in Middlewich.

After the first three miles of climbing the rest of the route is generally downhill.

The initial section via Grin Low quickly reaches the source of the River Dane which at over 500m above sea level is the highest traceable river source in the White Peak area. The Dane is the longest, cleanest and possibly fastest flowing river flowing through Cheshire. It can optionally share its outflow between the Irish Sea and the North Sea with the aid of canal feeders.

Over the years long reaches of the Upper Dane have provided visitors with relatively open access but, due largely to private land ownership of large hereditary estates, many of the lower reaches of the Dane cannot be readily visited or even seen.

The route follows, where possible, the course of the River Dane, passing Three Shires Head, Danebridge, Eaton, Congleton, Holmes Chapel and Middlewich. The second half of the route includes significant road walking.

There are links with the Midshires and Staffordshire Ways, the Gritstone Trail, the South Cheshire Way, the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk and Trent and Mersey Canal Walk.

UPDATE August 2021: There has been a minor amendment to the route to the south of Northwich. Instead of heading NNE towards Park Farm and then turning NW to near the A556, the amended route cuts out that section and continues along Shurlach Lane. The new route is not yet shown on OS Maps but Congleton Ramblers are in the process of updating their leaflets.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Yellow disc with black letters DVW superimposed
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: SK056735 - Buxton, Derbyshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SJ657738 - Northwich, Cheshire View on StreetMap


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 118, 119
OS Landranger Active 118, 119
OS Explorer 24, 267, 268
OS Explorer Active 24, 267, 268

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Route Profile:

76.5 km (47.5 miles)
991 m (3,251 ft) ascent
524 m (1,719 ft)  maximum height

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