17 September 2023
A lovely twelve mile circular walk in the White Peak.
We start our walk at the village of Alstonefield in the Staffordshire Moorlands. There are toilet facilities here for those that may need them. We make our way down to Milldale a delightfully positioned hamlet with a packhorse bridge on the River Dove in Derbyshire. A brief pause here to sit by the river, grab a quick coffee from the picturesque shop or look at the old Methodist chapel, now a rest and reflection place for walkers once only lit by candles, with no mains electricity.
We then continue up the River Dove, you may see a odd heron or trout in the river for which it is famed. Turning away from the river for now we venture up Biggin Dale where we climb gently up the limestone valley to the village of Biggin. We will have lunch break here. In the village is is the quaint whitewashed Waterloo pub for those that require a liquid refuel.
After lunch we make our way down to Hartington. A charming old limestone village. A brief stop here you may want to look at the speciality cheese shop, Stilton cheese one again made in Derbyshire albeit at Pikehill after the Hartington cheese factory closed.
We walk across to the village of Sheen then back To Hartington to then follow upper reaches of the River Dove along Beresford Dale and Wolfscote Dale finally making our way back to Alstonefield catching our coach home at 6.30.
As always new walkers are most welcome. No need to book, just turn up at the most convenient pick-up point.
The coach picks up at the following points. The coach fare is £12
(With the agreement of the leader other pick-up points
on the bus route may be available).
|“Staff of Life” pub, Hack Lane
|Priestic Road, opp McDonald’s
|Eastfield Side, (Blue Bell)
|Hermitage Lane stop, Sutton Road
|ASDA bus stop. Stockwell Gate.