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This is intended to be a basic route guide only so you will need to follow a map and or the GPX file.
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We started up Summer Cross road at the end of Slancote Lane (track) away from Tideswell (we were staying in a dog friendly cottage) turning left down the bridleway where it crosses the road at Monksdale House (also the Limestone Way). Much of this section was well enclosed and Lottie and Murphy enjoyed a run off lead until we reached a gate at the edge of Monks Dale. We then followed the bridleway / Limestone Way through the farm and down to the road near Millers Dale.
We then turned right along the road to Millers Dale, then right up the road to the old station but if you want to avoid this you can cross the river via a footbridge then climb up to the old railway line and turn right, either way you will arrive at the old railway station where there are toilets if you need them.
We followed the old railway (Monsal Trail) towards Buxton (right if standing on the 'platform'). The route offers fabulous views over valleys and hillsides and passes through tunnels. Some care is needed as the route is popular with cyclists as well as walkers. Near Blackwell the old railway line splits and the right hand fork is signed Pennine Bridleway. We kept left and then, a short way further on, descended a path on the right to the bike hire shop and café. We then turned left on the river path, walked passed the weir and on to the car park and back. Our GPS track will show this but, if you'd rather not do the same, simply follow the rest of the route as we then continued over the footbridge then right onto the bridleway before the cottages on the opposite bank. We followed the bridleway uphill to Mosley Farm.
We then followed a metalled drive and lane to a pair of semi detached houses by a 'phone box before turning right on the bridleway across fields and then through Old Hall Farm At the lane turn right then almost immediately left onto the bridleway again. After a short while the way was securely enclosed again and so Lottie and Murphy had another run off lead until a gate with low walls beyond where they went back on lead.
The bridleway descends steeply before reaching a road. We turned right and followed this all the way back to Tideswell.