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The White to Dark Way is a 43.7 km
trail that starts in Derbyshire Dales,
Based on our data, the trail is graded as Difficult.
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This trail can be completed in approx 3 days. Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info read about how we calculate hike time.
Paul Scholey · 04 Apr 2023
Great little walk over 2 days in wet conditions in March. The first day through the white peak is the easiest of the 2 before some more ascents on the second day as you hit the dark peak. A couple of points to watch out for - the bridge at Cressbrook Dale has been closed now for more than 2 years for safety reasons and is unlikely to re-open any time soon. The best alternative crossing is at Upperdale, if you are travelling south to north you will need to make sure you leave the Monsal Trail early. Also the crossing point of the River Derwent just south west of Hathersage is via stepping stones which were impassable for me because of high water levels. It’s a >2 mile diversion to the nearest alternative crossing point, but this can be mitigated if you make alternate plans early.
Total Elevation Gain
Total Elevation Loss
Avg Elevation per KM
Bakewell and Haddon Plantation Loop from Bakewell Bridge
9.0 km · 123 m
Bakewell Loop via River Wye
5.3 km · 90 m
Bakewell - Edensor - Chatsworth Short Route
7.6 km · 285 m
Bakewell - Edensor - Chatsworth Long Route
12.3 km · 357 m