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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.

Middleton Top Walk

A walk on the High Peak Trail

Shining Cliff Woods walk (4.5 miles or shorter variations; less than 2 miles from the holiday cottage)

This is a great walk that takes you to the beautiful Shining Cliff woods.  This particular walk involves a short drive to the woods, and so completely avoids any stiles, possible sheep or cows and roads. A dog walker’s paradise!

Shining Cliff woods

Shining Cliff woods

Dog Factors

Wildlife/livestock –  very few hazards in the woods although we have had a dog lost down a badger set in the past!

Stiles – none actually in the woods.

Water – there is a small, clean lake in the woods, which most dogs love.

Roads – none

Refreshments – if you want to go to the pub, you can do the alternative walk which takes you back via The Bear.

Show this walk on a map.

This is just one suggested route. Whichever paths you take in the woods will be good.

1. Drive or walk to the parking area on Higg Lane by the woods. To drive there, go out of the cottage and turn right up Pendleton Lane, turn left at the top of the lane and then take the first left down Higg Lane. The parking area for the woods is on your right.

Shining Cliff woods2. On entering the woods, take the right hand path. Follow this until it forks. Take the right fork, and cross over a small wooden bridge.

3. Now just stay on this path, following it around the edge of a large area where trees have been cleared (to re-plant original species).

4. Stay on the path as it enters a wooded area, and eventually you will hit another distinct path at a T-junction. Turn left onto that path and then after about 50 feet, take a small, narrow path which goes off to the right through the trees.

5. Follow the small path until you meet a stream. Cross the stream (which can be a bit tricky if it is very wet, but there are stepping stones.)

6. Continue on the path, passing a sunken stone area on your right. The path meets a more distinct path which heads down a hill. Turn right onto the more distinct path and follow it down to a small lake.

7. Pass the lake (it will be on your right) and cross a small wooden bridge.  The path forks after the bridge – take the right fork.

8. Follow this clear path, eventually passing some houses (one with a skull and crossbones flag!)  There is a large house on your left which has barking dogs (not free) and chickens.

9. Continue past several houses.  You’ll see a path heading sharp left and a sign saying “Betty Kenny Trail and YHA”  There are boulders in the way to stop cars. Go down this path.

10. Continue past a derelict cottage and some derelict factory buildings. Eventually you’ll reach a point where the path forks and there is a sign saying “Private property – no access.”  This only applies to the left fork (which appears to lead up to a rather intriguing old building high up on the left).  Resist the urge to go up there (!) and take the right fork past some impressive old factory buildings.

11.  You reach a clearing and the path forks again. Take the right fork, past a Forestry Commission sign.  (The left fork takes you back to the lake if you want to cut the walk short.)

Sign to Alderwasley12. Pass a low barrier and climb up the path. When the path forks, take the left fork, following a sign saying public footpath to Alderwasley. Just stick to this path until you eventually reach a stile in a stone wall. (If you go over the stile it takes you into Alderwasley park, and back to the village.)

13. Turn left and follow a narrow path, with the stone wall on your right. Stay on this path. It forks a couple of times – always take the right fork.  You’ll pass a hole surrounded by stone cliffs – maybe an old quarry – on your right.  On your left, you’ll see views down into the Derwent Valley.

Shining Cliff Woods14. Stay on this path until you reach a wooden bench and an old stone sign, and a gate through which you enter the woods if you walk from Alderwasley through the park.  Continue on the high path, past the gate on your right, then keeping the stone wall on your right.

15. Stay on this path until you arrive back at the parking area.