Lathkill Dale, is one of the most beautiful dales in England, the first to be designated as a National Nature Reserve in Derbyshire. The river, one of the purest in the country, rises in a cave near the top of the dale and sometimes disappears underground in its upper reaches before widening out below Over Haddon. It is for the sheer beauty of the scenery, the wonderful walks and the natural beauty of its wildlife that visitors come to the area in droves at weekends and during the summer.
The sturdy little village of Monyash with its neat rows of houses, attractive green and pond lies at the head of Lathkill Dale. On the right near to the source of the river is Parsonís Tor, where the Rev Lomas fell to his death. About a quarter of a mile further on are the spoil heaps of the Ricklow Quarry where Ashford Marble was extracted.
A short distance down the river from Lathkill Lodge, a succession of eleven weirs create a wonderful sight to look back on as you walk down the dale. Before the bridge was built at Alport, where the Lathkill and Bradford join, the old Portway forded the river on its journey from Castle Ring to the Iron Age hill fort on Mam Tor near Castleton.
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