Darley Bridge, Bonsall & Wensley (Cows, Caves & Pufferfish)


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Darley Bridge, Bonsall & Wensley

July 2017



Cows | Caves | Concealed Paths | Well Dressings | Beer Festival | BBQ | Pufferfish | Debates On Pensions



A 12km walk taking in the many of the best of the farmland villages close to Matlock in Derbyshire. A walk which on this particular day provided a great deal of entertainment as we stumbled upon the Bonsall Beer Festival and Well Dressing.

Starting in a free car park at Darley Dale, the walk heads across the fields towards Oker and climbs up to the Jug Hole cave above Snitterton. From here we head down hill towards Bonsall via the winding and concealed pack horse tracks. After exploring the historic village of Bonsall the path leads to more hamlets including Uppertown and Wensley before returning to Darley Bridge.

Since visiting Bonsall for the first time I have come to learn several interesting facts through some online research;

  1. It is (or was) the UFO capital of the UK (Fox Brothers apparently owning the rights to a film on the story)

  2. It holds the World Hen Racing Championships every August

  3. It was once the site of a volcano (3.5 million years back) or at least the site of a lava flow

  4. The church at Bonsall used to have a Bull Ring


Here's my photo inspiration for you to visit these little off the beaten track areas of The Peak District. Also plenty of photographs that show the sights of the Bonsall Well Dressing and many of it's characters. This was the first time we managed to accidentally coincide a walk with a beer festival and it added a little extra interest on the day.

If you would like any help in planning your own walk here please get in touch.




A perfect route to fill a day exploring the lesser known areas of the Peak District and getting a genuine feel for the countryside around Derbyshire. Enjoyable for a long summers day walk with a pub (The Kings Head) at the halfway stage to enjoy a pint and some lunch.

If you would like to follow this route, you can find a link to the route on the excellent Viewranger at the end of the post.



Photographs were all shot on Fuji X100F. If you fancy a read as to why the Fuji X100F is great or these kind of walks where you want to pack light head over to this link.

You can view the full route for this walk on Viewranger click hereViewranger is a great app for OS Maps to have with you on your phone and to track routes.

To find out the full facts and strange history of Bonsall click here.

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