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Ten Church Challenge

Cheshire, Derbyshire

34 km / 21 miles
A circuit of ten chapels around the Black Brook, Goyt and Todd Brook valleys of the High Peak. See High Peak 60. The United Church at Whaley Bridge, occupying the former Methodist Church premises on Buxton Road celebrated its Twentieth Anniversary during autumn 2006. During 2007 the Church will celebrate the bi-centenary of the Wesleyan Sunday School.
The Church had been central to a circuit of ten chapels distributed around Black Brook, Goyt and Todd Brook valleys. An inter-church walk had evolved linking those places of worship. This 21 mile route became an annual autumn event. Variety was added by alternating the route, in some years it ran from Whaley Bridge to Whiteclough and made Kettlesholme the final chapel, another year Kettlesholme was the first port of call and Whiteclough the last.
With the merging of the New Mills and Whaley Bridge Circuits of the Methodist Church to form the High Peak Circuit, five of the ten churches have now ceased to be used for Worship. Whaley Bridge Uniting Church along with Kettlesholme Methodist Churches opted out of the merger and formed their own Uniting Partnership.
Despite mergers and closures the communities served by those churches still survive and can still be linked in this circular walk.


Path Type: Anytime Challenges
Attributes: Anytime Challenges
Start and Finish: SK011815 - Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire View on StreetMap


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34.0 km (21.1 miles)
929 m (3,048 ft) ascent
386 m (1,266 ft)  maximum height

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