This is a dog friendly walk right from the door of the cottage.
Wildlife/livestock – no cows; occasionally sheep in the very first field; occasional friendly horses; chickens and guinea fowl over a high wall; alpacas over an inpenetrable fence; occasional ducks on a pond.
Stiles- several stiles of various types, all quite easy for reasonably agile or small dogs.
Water – a pond, not directly on the route, but our dog finds it and sometimes there are ducks.
Roads – a short section on a very quiet lane, and a short section on Pendleton Lane, also quiet.
1. Go out of the gates of Pendleton Cottage and turn right. Follow Pendleton Lane around to your left (ignoring a footpath sign on your right to Alport Heights).
2. After about a hundred yards, you’ll see a footpath on your left. Take this. The stile is one of the stone ones which can be awkward, but this one is quite wide and our dog has never had a problem.
3. Walk across the first field and through another stile.
4. Walk through the next field. There are chickens, ducks and guinea fowl in the field on your left. Most dogs won’t see them but be warned if yours is a wall climber!
6. Follow this lane, past some alpacas on your right, until it takes a sharp right. At this point, instead of following the lane to the right, take a footpath which leads straight on through some trees.
7. Follow the path through the trees. You may hear dogs barking on your right, but they are enclosed.
8. Keep going straight, over two stiles and past some horses on your right.
9. You will come to another stone stile which leads onto a path bearing left through a meadow. There is a house on your right.
10. Follow the path, through the meadow and into a field. You’ll see some trees ahead and another house ahead on your right.
11. The pond is on your left as you pass the house on your right, so if you don’t want your dog to swim, keep him close here.
12. Walk past the house on your right and then, instead of following the path round to the right, take a footpath which leads into the woods and over a small stream.
17. Remain on the path through the woods, passing through a couple of gates (no stiles.)
18. You’ll pass onto a grassy path, with a large house on one side and a field of cows on your other. (Oh, the relief when I first realised we didn’t have to walk through the cow field – we’ve had some bad experiences with cows!)
19. Follow the path (which turns into a gravel driveway) until you reach a lane – this is the north end of Pendleton lane and the “centre” of Alderwasley village. (There may be sheep on the right of this driveway, well fenced in. )
20. Turn left and follow the lane back towards the cottage, admiring the views across the fields to your left.