Litton and Cressbrook Dale walk
A 3-4 hour, 7 easy miles’ stroll through some lovely Dales with a traditional village, hikers’ cafes and pub thrown in!
Park sensibly in Litton, near Tideswell (near the Red Lion pub is usually sensible enough!). Head off in the direction of the red telephone box passing a little shop/cafe on your right hand side. Ignore any signposts and continue through the village to the brow of a hill passing Beacon House b&b on your right. Continue downhill for around 500 metres to a stile in the wall on your right. Cross the stile and walk downhill on a grassy path, ignoring the stile on your left to reach a hole/gap in the dry stone wall on your right at the bottom.
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Pass through the gap turning right and continue along the dale bottom, once again ignoring anything but the straight ahead route. Keep on the lower path when faced with more than one option. Eventually you will reach the wooded valley floor of Cressbrook Dale, emerging at a cluster of houses on your left before meeting a minor road slightly further on. Turn left downhill to come to a sharp right uphill turn that you should ignore.
A few metres on veer right through a gap in the large stone wall (watch out for the large balls on top) and follow the path passing D’s brew stop (hikers café where you are welcome to consume your own food) to enter the delightfully named Water-cum-Jolly Dale via a bridge on your right.
Continue along this pretty stretch into Miller’s Dale, following the Wye, over a flat tin bridge (part of the path) to meet another bridge on your right that you should cross to walk by Litton Mill which, at the time of writing, was being extensively re-furbished. Keeping straight ahead, passing the tea shop and cottages on your right you will eventually arrive at a right hand turn just past a cliff face.
Take this path towards Tideswell Dale until you reach a bridge on your right that you should cross before immediately bearing left and onwards to Tideswell dale car park. At the head of the car park, do not turn left to the road, but continue on to meet an avenue of trees after a signpost for Tideswell Village.
At the end of this path take the gate ahead onto a path and follow this to another gate at the top of the field. Exiting the field turn immediately right and follow the road for the half mile stroll back into Litton, and, if you’re really sensible, a pint and a bite to eat at the Red Lion!
Last Updated: 5 Oct 2015