Tideswell Circular Walk
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Path by the streamFoto: Jack Cunliffe, Macs Adventure
There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,
Some of the ground can be uneven, with steep descents and muddy/boggy ground. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously where needed, the mud is especially tricky in wet weather.
A note about farms and animals: Be very aware of closing gates behind you. Remember, animals on a farm are not pets and can be closer to a wild animal than a domestic pet - particularly for dogs. The main risk today is horses as the path often crosses fields with grazing horses.
When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.
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Food and Drink
There are few spots to stop along the way, however, the scenery is beautiful and there are many riverside spots in which to enjoy a picnic. Pick up some treats in Tideswell before you start the walk.
Points of Interest
Church of John the Baptist
The church is widely known due to its size and splendour as the "Cathedral of the Peak" (it is not actually a cathedral). It is one of the most famous churches in Derbyshire, and a Grade I listed building.
The Monsal Trail Tunnels
The Monsal Trail tunnels offer one of the most spectacular leisure routes in Britain for cycling, walking and horse riding.
It is the first time the public has been able to go through the tunnels since the former Midland Railway Line closed in 1968.
Following work by the Peak District National Park Authority – using £2.25 million funding from the Department of Transport – the tunnels have been repaired, resurfaced and lit to form an extension to the existing Monsal Trail.
The River Wye
The River Wye rises on Axe Edge above Buxton and flows in a southeasterly direction through Buxton and Bakewell to join the Derwent at Rowsley, 15 miles later.
Perhaps one of Derbyshire's prettiest and better-known rivers because of its limestone uplands and superb dales.
0.00 km - Start with your back to the church gate between to wooden benches, TURN RIGHT past Coop and the TURN LEFT at the fork
0.18 km - TURN LEFT on to Queen Street
1.30 km - Cross the road and pass through a wooden gate on the left of the road and then TURN RIGHT onto the footpath
1.60 km - Through the wooden gate and STRAIGHT ON through carpark and on to tarmac path
2.00 km - STRAIGHT ON through the gate, ignore the left turn
2.20 km - BEAR RIGHT at giant wooden mouse, crossing bridge
2.70 km - STRAIGHT ON through wooden gate
3.20 km - BEAR LEFT onto the road
3.50 km - In Little Monton, TURN RIGHT paster water plant, don a narrow path and over a small bridge crossing the river, climbing briefly on the other side before you TURN RIGHT to join the Monsal Trail abandoned railway for 2 kilometres
5.70 km - Toilet stop to your right
5.90 km - BEAR LEFT to remain on the path
6.70 km - Enter the Chee Tunnel
7.20 km - Before you enter the second tunnel, TURN LEFT signed for Millers Dale
7.30 km - Drop down to river and cross bridge
7.60 km - The path turns to stepping stones, STRAIGHT ON being careful of your footing
8.20 km - Through the wooden gate and STRAIGHT ON
8.40 km - Cross the bridge and ascend, then BEAR RIGHT onto the bigger path
8.80 km - TURN RIGHT signposted the Pennine Bridleway descending to cross a bridge and TURN RIGHT, just before this turn off you pass under a bridge with a unique echo
9.10 km - BEAR LEFT at the fork, ascending away from the river
9.20 km - Pass-through wooden gate and BEAR LEFT
9.60 km - TURN RIGHT at the wooden gate to pass through the farmyard and join a small road
10.00 km - TURN RIGHT onto footpath through a wooden gate and then BEAR LEFT
10.20 km - BEAR RIGHT across the field on a public footpath
10.20 km - Cross tumble down all and descend to the bottom of the field, do not pass through the gate at bottom of the field, instead TURN LEFT and follow the fence to a fence crossing, cross this and BEAR LEFT on the path
11.00 km - Through the wooden gate, follow the tree line to your right
11.30 km - BEAR LEFT across the field and through the gate, TURN RIGHT onto the road
12.10 km - TURN RIGHT, signposted for Wormhill onto an ascending track
12.40 km - Pass through the gate and STRAIGHT ON through a field
12.70 km - Through a gate and STRAIGHT ON back on a track
13.20 km - Pass through a farmyard
13.30 km - TURN RIGHT onto the main road then TURN LEFT at the red phone box signed for Peake Forest
14.50 km - Pass through a wooden gate into the field, descend onto the main road and TURN RIGHT
15.50 km - TURN LEFT at the farmhouse, signed for Pennine Bridleway
16.00 km - BEAR LEFT off the road onto a track
16.70 km - TURN LEFT at the road and then TURN RIGHT ascending away from the farm
17.00 km - BEAR RIGHT on to a track off the road
18.00 km - BEAR RIGHT down the path, past a stream and join the road, TURN RIGHT and then immediately TURN LEFT ascending
18.70 km - TURN RIGHT at the crossroads
19.10 km - BEAR RIGHT at the fork in the road
19.40 km - BEAR LEFT at red phone box then BEAR LEFT down Pursglove Road
19.60 km - You are back where you began, your day of walking is finished
Sturdy waterproof boots as the path can be slippery and wet in parts.
Walking poles for stream crossing and muddy descents if the weather is wet.
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