Monsal Head

14 April 2024

The walk starts from Monsal Head which is one of the most photographed locations in England. The walk includes so much absolutely fabulous dales scenery.
    We follow the ridge heading north west before dropping down into Hay Dale. Great views of the viaduct and the River Wye. Walking up the minor road befor heading to Wardlow Hay Cop trig point and then dropping down into Cressbrook Dale and along to Peter’s Stone. There may be time to have a simple scramble up the stone before heading to Litton village. A cluster of pretty stone cottages around a village green. There is a cosy pub and also a post office cafe available.
In the afternoon we walk down the road into Tideswell Dale , along the pretty dale and past Ravenstor Youth Hostel to reach the Anglers’s Rest pub in Miller’s Dale, by the clear waters of the River Wye. After suitable refreshments we head up Monk’s Dale which is a short steep sided gorge and is quite rocky in places. At the top of the Dale we veer east to head across fields to Tideswell village which has fine old buildings and a remarkable church (the Cathedral of the Peak). The coach will leave around 5.45 pm
   There will be a shorter alternative. In the morning the coach will continue to Wardlow village were at the 40 mph sign there is a footpath which leads directly to Cressbrook Dale and on to Litton. In the afternoon the same route as the main group as far as Miller’s Dale. Then, avoiding Monk’s Dale, the shorter route follows the Limestone Way heading North. The way is very well sign-posted, before heading across fields to Tideswell.
The distance for the long walk is about 12 miles and slightly less than 8 miles for the short route. At the time of writing the weather is much drier from Thursday onwards, and I am expecting the walk to be much less muddy than the last few walks. Alan

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