Dane Valley Way
66 km / 41 miles
The Dane Valley Way extends from the River Wye and Pavilion Gardens in Buxton to the confluence of the River Dane with the River Wheelock at Middlewich - a measured distance 40.6 miles. After the first 3 miles of climbing the rest of the route is generally downhill.
The initial section via Grin Low quickly reaches the source of the River Dane which at over 500m above sea level is the highest traceable river source in the Pennine White Peak area. The Dane is the longest, cleanest and possibly fastest flowing River flowing through Cheshire. It can optionally share its outflow between the Irish Sea and the North Sea with the aid of canal feeders.
Over the years, long reaches of the Upper Dane have provided visitors with relatively open access, but due largely to private land ownership of large hereditary estates, many of the Lower reaches of the Dane cannot be readily visited or even seen. The guide concentrates on steering the unwary walker around these obstacles.
The route follows, where possible, the course of the River Dane, passing Shires Head, Danebridge, Eaton, Congleton and Holmes Chapel. The second half of the route includes significant road walking.
There are links with the Midshires and Staffordshire Ways, the Gritstone Trail, the South Cheshire Way and the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk and Trent and Mersey Canal Walk.
|Path Type:||Paths Marked on OS mapping|
|Waymark:||Yellow disc with black letters DVW superimposed|
SK056734 - Buxton, Derbys
SJ694670 - Middlewich, Cheshire
Publications, Badges and Certificates:
|Leaflet:||Dane Valley Way (Congleton Tourist Information Centre)|
|Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):|
|OS Landranger:||118, 119|
|OS Landranger Active:||119|
|OS Explorer:||267, 268, 24|
|OS Explorer Active:||267, 268, 24|
Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:
|Bunk House:||Moorside Farm Bunkhouse, Hollinsclough, Longnor, Buxton||4 Km|
|Hostel Accommodation:||Gradbach YHA, Gradbach Mill, Quarnford, Buxton, Derbyshire||< 1 Km|
|Camping Barn:||Underbank Camping Barn YHA, Blaze Farm, Macclesfield||1 Km|
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|65.2 Km (40.5 miles)
920 m (3,018 ft) ascent
524 m (1,719 ft) maximum height