Category Archives: Walks with views

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.

Cromford Woods Walk

View from Bow Wood

View down the valley from the woods

 

Black Rock Woods Walk (2.5 miles; less than 3 miles from the holiday cottage)

An easy and enjoyable walk around the Black Rock area. You can divert to climb the rock, giving spectacular views.

View from Black Rocks

View from Black Rocks

Wildlife/livestock – there are sometimes cows in the area heading up to the trig point towards the end of the walk. They have never been a problem but there is an alternative route which is cow-free.

Stiles – none

Water – a pond by the side of the trail near the start (clean).

Other dogs – quite a few on the High Peak Trail on weekends or during holiday periods.  Both on and off lead.

Refreshments – there is a kiosk at the car park selling drinks and snacks.

Roads – none

View the walk on an OS map

The paths on this walk are not very clear on the OS map, so the route is a little rough. It is shown more accurately on this map:

View the walk on a map.

You can walk up to Black Rock from the cottage, but if you are driving, park at the Black Rock car park shown on the map. If there is space in the area just after the bridge (before turning right to the main car park, this is free!)

Black rock view1. Walk from the car park onto the High Peak Trail and turn left. You will see Black Rock looming above you on the right. You can take a detour to climb it now, or come back via the Rock at the end of the walk.

2. Walk down the High Peak trail for half a mile or so, passing a strange sunken area on your right and a bicycle shed on your left.

View from High Peak trail near Black Rock 3. You’ll see a path to the right signposted “Cromford Moor”. You have the option of taking that path, which you may want to do if it is busy and you would like to get off the trail early. Otherwise stay on the trail for some lovely views over to the left.

4. You’ll pass a small pond on your right (your dog may be in it!) and approach an area with picnic benches and an old engine house (the engine was for pulling trains up the steep “Sheep Pastures Incline”).

5. Just before the engine house, take some steps ascending steeply to your right into the woods. If you start heading down the incline, you’ve gone too far.

6. At the top of the steps you’ll meet the path you would have taken if you followed the sign to Cromford Moor, coming in from your right.

7. Go straight ahead, following a path through woods.

8. Ignore the first right turn (unless you want a slightly shorter walk – it is a nice path!) and continue on the path through the woods.

9. You’ll pass a gate on your left and another footpath to the left through the gate. Ignore this and continue on the path through the woods.

10. After half a mile or so, you’ll meet a wide forestry commission track. Turn right and walk along the track.

11. After a few hundred yards, you’ll reach a gate on the left allowing access into an attractive rocky, brackeny area which may have cows. (The path I mentioned if you wanted a shorter walk comes in from your right here.)  If you want to avoid the cows, keep straight on and this track will take you back down to the High Peak Trail. If you are OK with the cows (I have never had a problem with them here) go through the gate and take the left hand path. (For a shorter walk you can take the right hand path which avoids the trip to the view point and takes you through woods to the top of Black Rock.)

12. Follow the path upwards with woods on your left, until you reach a trig point which gives lovely views all around, including down to Wirksworth and its quarries.

13. From the trig point take the left path which leads back towards Black Rock.

Dog at Black Rock14. Pretty much any path will take you back to Black Rock now. I tend to take the left fork where the path divides, then the second wooden gate into the woods on the left. This takes you to the left side of Black Rock, and there are obvious paths up onto the top of the rocks.

15. Once you see the rock on your right, you can follow any of the well worn paths back down to the trail and the car park.

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!