Alport to Youlgreave walk along the River Bradford (3km)

This Alport to Youlgreave walk is an easy circular stroll along either side of the River Bradford. The views on the last section are particularly beautiful as you take a short climb up to a hill top. We recommend that kids wear wellies on this walk so they can paddle in the river, and if you’re doing this walk in the warmer summer months, bring the kids’ wetsuits and towels as there is a small designated swimming area.

Youlgreave is a very pretty village and worth a detour from the walk for lunch at one of the three pubs (you’re spoilt for choice, although do book a table at weekends and school holidays).

For the purposes of this walk, we are using the Ordnance Survey spelling of Youlgreave. However, you will also see it spelt Youlegreave and Youlgrave, and there are in fact many more spellings throughout history of this quaint Peak District village.

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Alport to Youlgreave walk map

On all Peak District family walks it’s a good idea to have an Ordnance Survey paper map with you, even if you have your phone on you. For this walk you need the OS Explorer Active Map OL24 (White Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.

Need to know


TYPE OF WALK: A circular walk. Can get muddy in wet weather. Good for paddling and even a wild swim.

PARKING: There is a small off-road parking area in Alport, although you may need to get up a steep curb. Click here for Google Map location on your phone. The postcode is: DE45 1LG. Alternatively you can park on the road here, but please respect local residents.

WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Walking along the River Bradford, paddling in the water, and perhaps jumping in for a swim at the designated Youlgreave swimming area. There’s also a little cave to play in.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE:  Without kids this would be a 45 minute walk, but with the water play and a cave to play in, this walk took us over 2 hours.

ACCESSIBILTY: A couple of tight squeeze stiles, spring gates and a stile. Not suitable for prams.

TOTAL ASCENT: 81 metres

PUBLIC TOILETS: There are no toilets or facilities at the start of this walk. However, if you are detouring into Youlgreave enroute there are public toilets (click here for Google Map location), pubs, and a small village shop. There is also a playground in Youlgreave.

Alport parking

The route

1. Starting from the little off-road parking area in Alport (click here for Google Map location on your phone, the postcode is: DE45 1LG), with the parking area on your left, walk down the road a little toward the red phone box (which is now a defibrillator).

2. Follow the lane on the right, through the white gate, and then through a squeeze stile to the right of another gate. Continue along this flat gravel footpath with the River Bradford on your right.

3. When the path forks with a grassy path to the right, take either path as you end up in the exact same place, next to a beautiful low stone bridge.

4. Don’t cross the bridge, but continue straight ahead along the gravel path and then round to the right to meet a road.

Alport to Youlgreave walk

5. Cross the road and walk straight ahead to meet a little stone footbridge leading back over the river.

Alport to Youlgreave walk

6. Go over the footbridge and then take the footpath immediately afterwards on the right, and follow it up the hill.

Alport to Youlgreave walk

7. Continue through the next wooden gate. Then in the next field, follow the footpath ahead and the bear right to go through this gate in the photo below, which leads back down to the river.

Alport to Youlgreave walk

8. Just after this gate, on the left is a small cave area to play in. Then follow the path back down to the river to then cross over again on another stone bridge.

9. Take the footpath on the right (either through the squeeze stile or gate) to walk back along the other side of the River Bradford. A little way along here is the Youlgreave swimming area if you fancy a dip! Also, if you want to detour into Youlgreave here, take the footpath on the left just past the swimming area that leads up the hill. Otherwise, continue along the footpath with the River Bradford to your right, until you reach the next gate. This meets the point where you crossed a small stone footbridge earlier in the walk.

10. Don’t take the immediate left up the lane. Instead walk ahead a further 20 metres and walk up the next road to the left. Do be wary of cars (and tractors!) It’s also quite steep.

Alport to Youlgreave walk

11. After 120 metres, there is a sign on your right marking two footpaths. Take the higher footpath on the left. The views looking back along the dale here are very pretty.

12. Keep following the waymarked footpath through the gates. This will lead you back to the road and your parked car.

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Youlgreave swimming: wild swimming with kids in the Peak District
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