Section 2 – 6.8 miles / 10.9 km
About: This is the longest but a very pleasant rural section. It passes through the villages of Grindleford and Froggatt, then skirts Calver, before arriving at busy but delightful Baslow.
Start on the B6001 road out of Hathersage shortly before Leadmill Bridge.
Take the tarmac lane on the left to Harper Lees.
Just before the house, bear right through a gate. Cross the riverside meadows to Coppice Wood.
Continue through the wood and across more meadows to reach the main road at Grindleford.
Cross and turn right for 80 yards. Then turn left before the bridge on to a field path leading to Horse Hay Coppice. The path through the wood is surfaced with stone setts & slabs.
Continue across fields and then along a track into Froggatt. Turn right across the bridge, then left on to a riverside path.
At the next Bridge, cross the road and continue on the path by the river. Then cross a field to the old School House (with bell housing). A tarmac lane continues past the restored Calver Mill to a road on the outskirts of Calver.
Turn left and immediately right under a subway below the main road and pass behind some houses.
The path continues along the river bank, then below St Mary’s Wood and across fields to a minor road.
Turn left into Bubnell, and left over the old toll bridge to the main road.
Cross & turn right. After 80 yards turn left up School Lane. Soon after the shop, turn right down Eaton Hill. Cross the main road to the village green and buses.
Turn left for section 3.
There are bus routes from Hathersage to Sheffield, Castleton, Bakewell & Chesterfield.
There are bus routes from Baslow to Sheffield, Buxton, Chesterfield, Bakewell, Matlock & Chatsworth.
Train stations at Hathersage & Grindleford are on the Sheffield to Manchester Hope Valley line.
The tarmac track from Leadmill Bridge to Harper Lees is suitable for wheelchairs, but not the rest of this section.
Taking a child buggy is possible, but would be difficult on the uneven ground through Coppice Wood & Horse Hay Coppice.