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  • Bird Watching


    Stoney Middleton was once a working village with many quarries operating in the Dale. However since the closure and restoration of these quarries there has been an increase in local wildlife making it an important wildlife location and a good location for bird watching. Birds to be seen include buzzards which look very much at home soaring and circling above the dramatic limestone crags… Learn more

  • Black Harry Trails

    The Black Harry Trails, almost 20km of open countryside suitable for hiking, cycling and horse riding, providing visitors with a mixed range of picturesque scenery. Black Harry Trail Map pdf Access to The Trails The Black Harry Trails can be accessed from the village of Stoney Middleton, Bakewell, or directly from the Monsal Trail. The trails… Learn more

  • Caving

    Stoney Middleton is a limestone gorge, its geographical legacy combined with thousands of years of lead mining have provided an extensive caving system. One of the most extensive in Derbyshire offering excellent caving. Popular caves include the extensive Carlswalk Cavern, Streaks Pot and Layby Pot, all offering some good through trips. There is also some verticality in… Learn more

  • Contents

    'What was to become Lover's Leap Cafe'

    The following content has been written by Geoff Birtles, himself a renowned climber . He has a wealth of experience and knowledge of climbing in and around Stoney Middleton Dale and has also published many articles and books on climbing. The content covers the full history of rock climbing in Stoney Middleton Dale from the early 19th century to the present day. Drawing on… Learn more

  • Coombs Dale nature trails

    Violet mountain pansy

    The Coombs Dale nature trails highlight this superb limestone valley on the very edge of the carboniferous limestone massif. Despite being one of the least known dales in the Peak District; it is situated at the Eastern edge of the village (only a few hundred yards from Calver crossroads). Access to the dale is via a… Learn more

  • Coombs Dale walk

    An interesting hike through one of the Peak District’s least known and most attractive dales, Coombs Dale; a site of special protection for its rare flora and fauna. Leading to Black Harry Lane named after the early 18th century highwayman who preyed upon travellers across these lonely moors. The Ghost of a Scottish peddler adds… Learn more

  • Cycle the Black Harry Trails

    Black Harry Trail

    The Black Harry trails provide an opportunity to discover the unspoilt Peak District around Stoney Middleton. They offer excellent views and a variety of well draining tracks, some steep slopes and rough ground but also plenty of smooth rides The following route is provided by Peak District Cycleway Black Harry Trail Map pdf If you fancy getting away… Learn more

  • Heritage Trail Information Boards

    We have now received formal permission from the Parish Council (final location for Grove Gardens to be decided) and the various land owners for the boards, and we thank everyone for their help and support. We are particularly excited about the village heritage trail boards which have now been printed, and are at present being fitted… Learn more

  • Heritage Trails of Stoney Middleton

    Heritage trails of Stoney Middleton map

    The heritage trails of Stoney Middleton will lead you on a remarkable journey of discovery. Two short walks in and around the village. taking in all its rich and fascinating heritage. Quaint back streets, listed buildings, old cottages, famous crags and caves, as well as panoramic vistas of the stunning Peak District National Park, past industries, fascinating… Learn more

  • Mountain Biking in and around Stoney Middleton

    Track to Eyam from Stoney Middleton

    The trails in and around Stoney Middleton are all suitable for mountain bikes. The routes are steep in places and would therefore offer some challenges. They are quiet and traffic free, and offer some excellent scenery of the National Park.   Here is a good mountain bike circuit around Stoney Middleton provided by A Taste of… Learn more