Another one of our favourite Sunday strolls is our circular walk via Speedwell Cavern. On this particular damp early December day, we had mist in the valley that was rising and clinging to the hills as it did so; a stunning bit of scenery for the perfect winter walk. This is a great hike to burn off some steam before your Sunday roast and our little dog Shiner loves it too. The walk will take you about 1 + 1/2 hours and is just over 3 miles.
Leaving the house, walking up through the village in the direction of Winnats, we passed the Devil’s Arse car park. You then have to keep an eye out to the right for a tiny narrow footpath that leads between a building and a wall on the opposite side of the road to the car park. This will lead us into a number of fields which you continue to walk over until you reach a tarmac road with a cattle grid. We followed the waymarker for Winnats Pass by turning left up the tarmac road until you reach the main road. At this point you turn right and then immediately left which leads you through Speedwell Cavern car park. At the road take the footpath ahead onto the High Peak Estate of Longcliffe (cross with care as this is a busy road).
This bit of the walk can be a bit sticky with mud so remember your walking boots; but wow! The fantastic views of the village and beyond are worth taking in. You then follow the footpath which leads you down Goosehill back into the village.