Commonly referred to as Beeley Woods (but not to be confused with Beeley Woods near Sheffield), Beeley and Hill Bank Plantation is a lovely place for a Peak District family walk. Forming part of the Chatsworth Estate, footpaths criss-cross through the woodland and a brook rushes down little waterfalls. We particularly enjoy it on a rainy day as the trees provide some shelter, and the sound of the rain on the tree tops is beautiful.
This is a short 2.7km walk around the Beeley and Hill Bank Plantation, but allow for a good few hours as the kids will love paddling in the stream and playing in the woods. Wellies during the winter months are a good idea, rather than hiking boots, so they can paddle.
It is not a flat walk. The first half of the walk is slightly downhill, and the second half is slightly uphill.
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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.
TYPE OF WALK: An short circular walk through woodland. Not flat. First half of the walk is gradually downhill, and then the return is gradually uphill.
PARKING: Free road side parking on a sharp bend of Chesterfield Road. Click here for Google Map point on your phone. Post code is DE4 2NS. There is only room for four parked cars.
WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Beautiful woodland, although as this is a plantation you may see some trees cut down. Kids will spend ages playing in the brook and little waterfalls.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: Without kids this would be a 45 minute walk, but our boys were walking with a friend and they spent almost 3 hours playing together in the woods!
ACCESSIBILITY: Two stone stiles and a wooden stile. One of the stone stiles (half way around the walk) is very steep. Path is rocky with tree roots as well.
TOTAL ASCENT: 141 metres
FACILITIES: There are no toilets or eateries on this walk. However, you may want to combine your walk with a meal at The Devonshire Arms in Beeley village afterwards.
1. This walk starts at the top of Chesterfield Road at this Google Map point. You will notice a small stone stile on the left, next to the roadside parking. Climb over the stile and follow the footpath down into the woods.
2. After 100 meters, take the path to the left. Follow this for 250 metres.
3. At the next footpath junction, take the path on the right. Follow this footpath across a small, wooden footbridge, through the woodland. There are lots of place to stop and play along the brook.
4. You will reach a point where the footpath crosses the brook, but there is no bridge. I hope you’re wearing waterproof shoes! Although it’s not at all deep really.
5. Keep following the footpath to this steep stone stile (quite a drop the other side). Then take the sharp right through the wooden gate, back up the hill again.
6. After 360 metres you will walk through a small wooden gate (to the left of a metal gate), and then a little further on (120 metres) you will reach this wooden stile.
7. Climb over the wooden stile and continue your walk back up towards the top, following the footpath signs at all times.
8. When you cross a small wooden footbridge, take the footpath on the right.
9. After 140 meters there is a footpath T-junction. Take the footpath on the left. Then 5 metres along, take the footpath on the right.
10. Follow this footpath back to the car, taking the left footpath at the next junction.
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