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.

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