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Cromford Woods Walk

View from Bow Wood

View down the valley from the woods


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.

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.





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!