Category Archives: Walks direct from the cottage

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.

Shining Cliff Woods, and back via the pub (4 miles; direct from the holiday cottage)

A lovely varied walk through woods and fields, taking in a small lake in the woods.  The walk is direct from the holiday cottage and comes back via the pub.

Shining Cliff woods

On the Shining Cliff Woods walk

Dog walk Factors

Wildlife/livestock – Sometimes there are cows and/or sheep in Alderwasley Park.  I’ve never met any troublesome cows here – they don’t seem interested. If you want to avoid them altogether, you can drive up to Shining Cliff (see the Shining Cliff circuit walk).

Stiles – there are a few wooden and stone stiles to clamber over, which could be tricky if your dog is large and not very agile. Nothing which caused our labrador sized dog a problem though.

Water – there is a small lake in the woods and a stream nearby (clean!)

Roads – you have to walk up Pendleton Lane at the start and there is a short walk along the main (ish) road to get to the pub. It is not very busy but not completely empty either.

Other dogs – you may meet other people and dogs in the woods at weekends/holidays.

See the walk on an OS map

Or on alternative map that shows more paths in the woods

Walk Directions

1. Leave the holiday cottage and turn left onto Pendleton Lane. Walk generally north along Pendleton Lane until you reach a T junction at the end of the lane.

2. At the T junction, don’t go onto the road at the end – instead take a footpath which is on your right, up a gravelled drive towards a large house.

3. Continue on the path, entering some woods.

4. Keep going on this path until you hit a road. Turn right onto the road and pass a school on your left and an old vicarage on your right.

5. After about 50 yards, take a footpath on your left, into some parkland. You should see Alderwasley Hall (now a school) and church on your left behind a lake, and a war memorial on your left.

6. Keep to this path, ignoring a footpath to your left. As you climb, you’ll get good views of Crich Stand (the tower on a cliff) over to your left.Shining Cliff view

Shining Cliff clearing

Occasionally there are cows in this area. We’ve never had a problem with them – just keep to the right by the stone wall. After about half a mile, you’ll enter an area with more trees, and a solid wooden bench on your left. Follow the path to the right, coming to a stile.

7. Go over the stile and walk through a grassy field (note – this may contain sheep!)

8. Go through a gate into Shining Cliff Woods. Whichever path you take in these woods, you will have a good walk, so don’t feel you have to follow my instructions! (It is possible to get lost though 🙂 )

9. You’ll see a path straight ahead down a hill. Follow this, ignoring any paths to the right. You’ll reach a cleared area where there may be parked cars. Take a path which is generally left, past a low chain barrier and with a notice board on your right.

Shining Cliff lake10 Walk a couple of hundred yards or so, and then take the first path on your right. Follow this down a hill until you reach a small lake.  There is a bench here where you can sit and admire the view (or in our case admire our loony dog cavorting in the lake!)

11. Follow the path around the edge of the lake, with the lake on your right, passing over a wooden bridge. Where the track forks, take the left fork.

12. Follow this path for a few hundred yards until you see a modern sign on your left (and an old sign on your right.) There is a path going left up the hill. Take this path.

13. Walk up the hill, following the path around to the left when you see a building ahead of you.  You will soon pass Shining Cliff on your right. There is a picnic area at its base.

14. Keep on this track until you find yourself back by the low chain fence that you passed earlier.  Retrace your original steps briefly by climbing up the hill towards the gate where you entered the woods.  Instead of going through that gate, take the path on your left.

15. Follow this path through the woods until you eventually meet a road.  Turn left onto that road, walking along it until you hit a T junction. Turn right and you are now on the road which takes you to the pub (The Bear).

16. Walk along the road until you see The Bear on your right.

17. On leaving the pub, exit via the car park at the back. You’ll see a stile in the far left corner of the car park, to the left of some recycling bins.

18. Go over the stile and follow a path through a field to another stile. Go over this stile and walk diagonally across another field to join a path with a hedge on your left. Walk down the hill on this path, and this will take you back to Pendleton Lane, just south of the holiday cottage.

Walk to The Bear Pub (Less than half a mile; direct from the cottage)

The Bear is a great, dog friendly pub a short walk away across the fields.

See the walk on an OS map.

Dog Factors

Livestock – none.

Stiles – an easy squeeze stile, a stone one to climb and a rather narrow squeeze stile. Our dog can manage all (and he does struggle with squeeze stiles) but they may be tricky if your dog is old or very big.


1. Leave Pendleton Cottage and turn right up Pendleton Lane.

2. Almost immediately the road turns sharp left. Instead of following the road around to the left, take a footpath which goes staight on, signposted for Alport Heights.

3. Go past a cottage on your right, entering a field through a stone squeeze stile.

4. Keep walking straight up the hill, with the field boundary on your right.

5. Pass into a second and then a third field, keeping the field boundary on your right. About half way up the third field, notice a wooden sign saying “The Bear” and directing you diagonally to the left across the field.

6. Take the diagonal path, to a stone stile which you climb over, taking you into another field. Walk diagonally across this field, to another stile which takes you into the car park of The Bear.

Longway Bank Walk (2.5 miles; direct from the holiday cottage)

A varied walk through beautiful Derbyshire countryside, direct from the holiday cottage. It can easily be extended if you want to venture further up towards Black Rock and the High Peak trail.

longway bank

Longway bank walk

Dog walk Factors

Wildlife/livestock – Sometimes there are cows and/or sheep in the fields and you’ll need to keep dogs on leads in those places.  I’ve never met any troublesome cows on this walk though.

Stiles – there are a few wooden stiles which could be tricky if your dog is large and not very agile. Nothing which caused our labrador sized dog a problem though.

Water – there are some small streams.

Roads – you just have to walk up Pendleton Lane and cross the road at the end – nothing busy.

Other dogs – you probably won’t meet a soul.

See the walk on an OS map.

Walk Directions

1. Walk out of the gates of the holiday cottages and turn left, to walk north down Pendleton Lane.

longway bank2. At the end of Pendleton Lane, cross the “main” road, and go straight on up Well Lane, following a footpath sign to Longway Bank.

3. Walk up Well Lane past Knob Farm and a couple of other houses. There are good views to the right towards Crich Stand – the tower in the distance.

longway bank4. As the houses end, continue onto a track between two stone walls, eventually reaching a footpath with a “dogs on leads” sign. Apparently the farmer here is not keen on dogs, so be careful especially if there are sheep or cows around.

5. Go through the stile and walk up the field, with a wall on your right.  Continue along a well marked track until you reach a field gate and a rather baffling “no access” sign.

longway bank 6. At the “no access” sign, do not despair! Turn right and follow the track towards another field. You’ll see a squeeze style on the left of some gateposts and a large field stretching ahead of you.

5. Walk at a slight diagonal across the field, generally in the direction of a house at the bottom.

longway bank longway bank 6. You’ll see a rather strange stile with no fence, in the middle of the field. If you head towards that, you are going in the right direction.

7. Continue past the stile, in the direction of a telegraph pole.  You’ll see a wood on your right, and just past the telegraph pole, there’s a metal gate into the wood. Go through the gate and cross a small stream.

longway bank8.Follow the path through the wood, until you reach an easy stile taking you into a field. Sometimes there are sheep in this field.

9. Walk through the field, keeping close to the trees on your left. After a hundred yards or so, you’ll see a stile on your left, leading into the trees.

longway banklongway bank10. Go over the stile. This stile is a bit tricky for some dogs. Ours pushes through the fence on the right of the stile.   Continue over some stepping stones.

11. Follow the path through trees and a small meadow, until you reach the end of the meadow and a metal gate on your left. Dont go though the style to the left of the metal gate. Instead, turn right and walk down a path. (The footpath on the left goes off towards Black Rock and the High Peak Trail.)

longway bank 12. Keep following the path down towards a rather idyllic looking house, crossing a number of wooden stiles. You are now on the Midshires Way.

13. After passing the idyllic house, cross another wooden style and then walk diagonally up the left one of the two large fields. Depending on the time of year, the path may or may not be clear.  In the photograph below, the path is roughly at the junction between the long and the short grass.

longway bank 14. Head for a wooden gate at the top of the field. Pass through the gate and follow the path up the hill, with trees on your right.



longway bank longway bank 15. You’ll reach a point where several footpaths meet. You want the one to Alderwasley, but it’s not massively clear.  You’ll see a path heading up a large field towards a dead tree – don’t take that. Instead, walk down the left side of that large field, with the hill and the dead tree on your right.

longway bank 16. Keep an eye out for a stile on your left, passing through the fence. Go through that stile, turn right and then follow the well marked path.  You’ll go through several wooden gates, and the fields may have sheep in them.

17. This path brings you out at the bottom of Well Lane, opposite Pendleton Lane. The last style is a very narrow squeeze stile but   there is an obvious hole in the fence that dogs can go through.

18. You are now back at the north end of Pendleton Lane.

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!