Category Archives: Under 2 miles

Alport Heights Walk

Alport Heights

Alport Heights

1. Walk out of the gates of the cottage and turn right onto the lane. Then almost immediately take the footpath which is straight ahead of you, when the road goes round to the left. It is signposted for “Aport Heights”. (The same way as if you were walking to The Bear.)

2. Continue on this footpath through several fields. You will see a point where the path branches and the left fork goes to The Bear. Ignore this and carry straight on over a stile and onto a narrow path between fields. Another stile takes you into a further field and then a small gate takes you onto the road.

3. Turn right onto the road and walk for about 200 yards, until you see a footpath sign on your left. (Opposite a sign indicating a bend in the road.)

4. Take the footpath to the left and pass through some trees, before exiting into an open area and crossing a driveway to a house. Follow a clear path across a small patch of grass before entering another field. Cross a small stream to enter another field and take the right hand if two footpaths. Cross one more small field (which sometimes contains cows in the summer) before exiting onto a lane.

5. Cross the lane and walk down a track towards a house. The footpath goes through a stile to the left of the house. Follow the path with the field boundary on your right, crossing a stile which has a helpful dog gate. Pass through another field before exiting onto a lane.

6. Turn left onto the lane and walk a few hundreds yards up to a crossroads. You will see the phone masts at Alport Heights looming above you. Go straight on at the cross roads and then turn left to walk up to the top.

North Alderwasley short walk (less than 2 miles)

A short, scenic route which takes you through woods and fields to the north of the cottage. There are views of Crich Stand in the distance.

Click here to see a map of the walk

1. Go out of the gate and turn left. Walk up to the end of Pendleton Lane.

2. Cross the “main” road and go onto a track called “Well Lane”, which leads towards Knob Farm. Near the start of the track you will see a footpath heading off the right, signposted “Whatstandwell”. Take that path. There is a narrow squeeze stile but dogs can go under the fence. View towards Crich Stand

3. Continue through fields on a clear path, passing through three easy wooden gates. You will come to a fourth gate which is in the left corner of a field. Go through that gate and walk through a further field. The next gate is easier to miss – it is on the left and passes through a stone wall, to take the path onto the opposite side of the wall. (You have been walking with the field boundary on your left and now it should be on your right.

P10100494. Walk on with the wall on your right. You’ll see a large dead tree on the hill on your left. Continue until the end of the field where you’ll reach  a point where five footpaths meet. If you want to do a longer walk, there are lots of options here, but we’ll still to the short walk. So, follow the path to Wirksworth. It should take you around the right side of the dead tree, into a lightly wooded area. There are several paths and it doesn’t matter too much which you take, but wind your way down to a squeeze stile passing into some trees.

5. Just stay on this path, keeping the wood on your left, passing through two stiles. There may be sheep in this area.

6. Eventually you reach a rather intimidating stile where you have to climb a wall and open a wooden gate. It’s not as bad as it looks but watch out in case the electric fence is on.

7. Continue on the path with woods on your left, until you pass through a gate onto a track. Go straight on for about 50 yards and then follow the track round to the left. Stay on the track until you emerge by some farm buildings. This track turns into Well Lane and brings you out at the end of Pendleton Lane once more.

Alderwasley circuit walk (1.5 miles; direct from the holiday cottage)

This is a dog friendly walk right from the door of the cottage.

Dog Factors

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.

See the walk on an OS map.

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).

Millennium Woods Walk point 2

Entrance to footpath

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!

Millennium Woods walk point 5 5. Exit the field via another stone stile, onto a lane.  Follow this lane past houses on your left then your right:

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.

Millennium Walk point 6

Footpath leading straight on when lane goes right

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.



Stone stile leading onto path

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.

13. Cross the steam and follow the path up a short incline. At the top of the incline turn left and take a well trodden path through woods.

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.

21. Arrive back at Pendleton Cottage. Hopefully the sun is shining and you can have a drink on the patio!