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Derby RamLimestone Way

Derbyshire, Staffordshire

74 km / 46 miles
A route mainly in the soutern Peak District through the heart of the Derbyshire limestone dales White Peak area, heading south from Castleton through Peak Forest, Miller's Dale, Flagg, Monyash, Youlgreave, Winster, Matlock, Bonsall, Ible, Parwich, Tissington, Thorpe, crossing the Dove to Marten Hill, Lower Ellastone and finishing in the Dove valley at Rocester.
The Limestone Way was devised in the early 1980s by the Rotary Club of Matlock, along a route between Matlock and Castleton proposed by Brian Spencer. The Rotary Club convinced West Derbyshire District Council to establish and promote the trail. Paul Hopkins was recruited as the Limestone Way Liaison Officer to develop the route into an agreed and completed way-marked trail. The Limestone Way was officially opened in the summer of 1986. The Ram's head logo on the way-markers was designed by Roy Geal, who was a member of the Rotary Club and an architect at Derbyshire County Council. The route was extended south to Rocester in 1992 to link up with the Staffordshire Way.


Waymark: Derby Ram
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Derby Ram
Attributes: Challenging
Start: SK150829 - Castleton, Derbyshire View on StreetMap
Finish: SK112392 - Rocester, Staffordshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Derbyshire Dales District Council - Limestone Way British Walks - Limestone Way [blog] Independent Hostels UK - Limestone Way Accommodation Rambling Man - Limestone Way [blog] Limestone Way - Rocester to Matlock (Youtube) Limestone Way - Matlock to Castleton (Youtube)

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Limestone Way Walkers Guide  (Derbyshire Dales District Council  - 2018 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )


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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.
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OS Landranger 110, 119, 128
OS Landranger Active 110, 119, 128
OS Explorer 1, 24, 259
OS Explorer Active 1, 24, 259

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Limestone Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
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Limestone Way Memory Map Route File
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Limestone Way Tracklogs Route file
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Route Profile:

74.7 km (46.4 miles)
1,806 m (5,925 ft) ascent
461 m (1,512 ft)  maximum height

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