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Chee Dale is a picturesque limestone gorge located in the Peak District National Park in central England.
The gorge was formed by the River Wye, which flows through it, and is known for its steep-sided cliffs, wooded valleys, and tranquil river.
Chee Dale is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including rare orchids, bats, and birds such as peregrine falcons and dippers.
The area is also rich in history, with evidence of human habitation dating back thousands of years. This circular hike takes in the area's natural history as well as its more recent industrial heritage.
Parts of the path through the valley itself can be slippery and there are some sections of stepping stones, so despite being relatively short and easy to access, this isn't an ideal trip for those completely new to the joys of country walking. One of the most notable features of Chee Dale is the viaduct that spans the gorge, which was built in the 19th century as part of the Midland Railway line.
Today, the viaduct is no longer in use and has been converted into a popular walking and cycling trail, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Another interesting feature (which we've drawn a detour to on the map) is the Old East Buxton Lime Kilns, one of many kilns in the area which were used to produce quicklime - a vital resource for the (at the time) fast growing steel and chemical industries, as well as for agriculture.
If you go to take a look at the now-abandoned kilns, detouring to Millers Dale village for a drink and a bite to eat is easy and enjoyable. On the way back to the car you'll pass the popular Beech Croft Farm and even a little micro brewery!