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Tideswell and Monks Dale 11 difficult
- Map - Explorer OL24 The Peak District - White Peak Area
- Distance - About 11 miles and 1800 feet of total ascent.
- Stiles - Five or six scramble or stone step stiles. Murphy got over them all without a lift and Lottie only needed help with one (but Hamish would never have got over one without being lifted). Alternative instruction available to avoid the difficult stiles and
- Date walked - May 2014
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We left Tideswell on the B road in the direction of Buxton. Just beyond the Litton turn on the left we crossed the road and took an 'open access land' path down to the car park at the head of Tideswell Dale (rubbish bins and toilets available). We then walked down through the dale to reach a metalled lane at the edge of Litton Mill. We turned left towards the mill then right onto a footpath just before the first building. We crossed the footbridge then climbed the path to reach The Monsal Trail (disused railway). We turned right and followed the trail over a bridge to reach Millers Dale 'station' (toilets and dogs water available).
We left the station via its access road and turned left up hill on the lane, then right onto a footpath to reach Monks Dale, note information board about the dale including notice of a difficult stony section. We turned left and followed the path up the dale. The way was not too clear on occasions and the stony section required care. Luckily there were no beasties on the difficult section so both Murphy and Lottie were off lead (neither of them had any problems with the stones!). At the end of the stony section we went through a gate and up a grassy bank to reach the road via an easy scramble stile. If you want to avoid the more difficult stiles and or want a shorter walk turn right and follow the lane all the way back to Tideswell.
If continuing go ahead across the road on the path up through Peter's Dale (information boards still call it Monks Dale), now on The Limestone Way. At the top of the dale, by Dale Head Farm, a high stone step stile has to be crossed to reach a lane. Hamish would never have got over here unaided but both Lottie and Murphy scrambled up and over without too much difficulty. Turn right on the lane the almost immediately left through a gate in to Hay Dale. A short way along there's another stone step stile, Murphy had no difficulty with this but Lottie needed a lift to get to the top. At the top of the dale go over a stile with a dog flap. Turn right on the track and follow it to a metalled lane. Turn right and enjoy the views as you walk towards Wheston. Just before reaching the buildings, as the lane bends right and there's a Pennine Bridleway marker on the right TURN HARD LEFT and follow a wide track uphill (Water Lane). Follow the track up and down to reach a metalled road (Manchester Road) and turn right to follow this back to Tideswell.
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