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Brushfield, River Wye and Monsal Dale

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Brushfield, River Wye and Monsal Dale
Author: Peter Truman, Published: 01 May 2010 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Brushfield, River Wye and Mensal Dale Walking Guidestar1 Brushfield, River Wye and Mensal Dale Walking Guidestar1 Brushfield, River Wye and Mensal Dale Walking Guidestar1 Brushfield, River Wye and Mensal Dale Walking Guidestar0 Brushfield, River Wye and Mensal Dale Walking Guide
Derbyshire, White Peak
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Brushfield, River Wye and Monsal Dale
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Brushfield, River Wye and Mensal Dale Walking Guide boot Brushfield, River Wye and Mensal Dale Walking Guide boot Brushfield, River Wye and Mensal Dale Walking Guide
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The walk along the River Wye from Litton Mill to Monsal Dale is gorgeous with fine weather and no crowds - this is an area that can get very busy at weekends and bank holidays, but during a spring weekday there are usually very few people about and you'll get the views and the quiet to yourselves.
This walk starts at the White Lodge car park just outside Ashford-in-the-Water on the A6 between Bakewell and Buxton. It climbs steeply to Brushfield and through the farms and through High Dale before dropping down rapidly to Litton Mill. Then the walk is flat along the valley alongside the very picturesque River Wye through Millers Dale, Water Cum Jolly Dale and along part of the Monsal Trail to the viaduct at Monsal Head and back through Monsal Dale to the car park.
It is not a difficult walk although the initial climb up is quite steep, but once at the top it is straightforward and easy going. You might like to take walking poles to help the descent into Litton though if your knees don't like steep descents.
Views are lovely and stunning all the way round so be sure to take your camera. Over the top there is very characteristic Derbyshire Dales countryside of fields and dales marked out as if with a big stick of chalk by numerous dry-stone walls. Down in the dales the views consist of limestone walls and the river flowing through a deep valley.
The walk alongside the River Wye through Water-Cum-Jolly often overflows so at best the path can be muddy. In the event of flooding there's an alternative route up the valley side - its not difficult but needs care over the rocks. So ensure you have the right footware.
As with almost anywhere in the Peak District, the temperature, wind and weather can be very different in the valley along the river compared to over the tops. So ensure you have appropriate clothing that will keep you warm along the top and can be carried in the valley.
This walk will take up to 3.5 to 4 hours.

This walk starts at the White Lodge car park just outside Ashford-in-the-Water on the A6 between Bakewell and Buxton. Nearest post code (1 mile north of car park) SK17 9UQ.

Walk Sections

White Lodge Car Park to Brushfield
White Lodge Car Park to Brushfield

Start: OS ref SK170705
End: OS ref SK158714

Start point: 53.2313 lat, -1.7468 long
End point: 53.2394 lat, -1.7647 long

From the car park cross the A6. Do be careful as cars often are not easily visible coming round the bend. Go diagonally over the field to the corner of the woods. Once over the stream and inside the woodland there's a path that goes rapidly up the Brushfield Hough and signposted Brushfield. Take this path and work your way up to the top. It's quite a steep climb but once you get to the top the views back over to Taddington make it worthwhile.
Follow the path towards the farm but go to the left of the farm, in between the barns and then right up the track out of the farm. Go across the field, staying on the track then turn left to follow the track down towards Brushfield. Stay on this track passing through Lower Farm and then Middle Farm - ensuring you shut all gates behind you. Stay on the track going down the hill once you are past Middle Farm and the holiday cottages. If you turn right towards Top Farm you will miss High Dale, so continue to follow the track going down the hill.

High Dale
High Dale

Start: OS ref SK158714
End: OS ref SK152722

Start point: 53.2394 lat, -1.7647 long
End point: 53.2466 lat, -1.7737 long

Continue along the track which swings round to the right and shortly goes through a sharp bend to continue down to the A6. On the apex of the bend High Dale starts - follow the path through the stile and into High Dale. The path goes straight through the dale sloping very gently downhill. Once you get to the end of High Dale the wall on your right turns right up the hill and things open out slightly. Turn right and take the path leading up the slope out onto the fields.
Cross the next field heading for the track that runs at right angles to the path.

Priestcliffe Lees
Priestcliffe Lees

Start: OS ref SK152722
End: OS ref SK159728

Start point: 53.2466 lat, -1.7737 long
End point: 53.252 lat, -1.7632 long

Turn left along the track and within a few metres turn right over the stile keeping to the right side of the field. Go through this field, into the next and then the path starts to head towards the edge where the Millers Dale will start to open out at the top of Priestcliffe Lees. The views across the valley are superb and worth spending a few moments looking around before descending into the valley below.
The path down to Litton Mill is steep but not difficult, so take your time and you will get the bottom and a footbridge over the old railway line that used to run from Ambergate (just north of Derby) to Manchester. This line was closed from Matlock in 1968 and the old trackbed forms the Monsal Trail. Go down to the track bed and follow the path that goes to the left and down towards Litton Mill. This brings you out between buildings onto the road that leads to Litton Mill.

Litton Mill to Cressbrook
Litton Mill to Cressbrook

Start: OS ref SK159728
End: OS ref SK172728

Start point: 53.252 lat, -1.7632 long
End point: 53.2519 lat, -1.7437 long

Walk along the road towards Litton Mill. This is private property and a concessionary path goes through the mill area and out to the river Wye. Follow the path (the river will be on your right once you are out of the mill area and over the mill race) and you will follow the river round through Millers Dale to Water Cum Jolly Dale, probably the most beautiful part of these deep limestone valleys. Enjoy the walk along the river bank keeping an eye open for the various birds and other wildlife. Dippers are a regular sighting and voles are sometimes seen although tend to stay out of sight.
Stay on the path through Water Cum Jolly dale. On occasions this stretch of path can get flooded. If so there is a higher level path that goes up the side of the valley to the left. An awkward path, but will save your feet getting soaked! At best this path can be very muddy even if not flooded.
Continue round until you get to Cressbrook and head for the weir enjoying the views along the dale as you go.

Cressbrook to Monsal Head viaduct
Cressbrook to Monsal Head viaduct

Start: OS ref SK172728
End: OS ref SK182715

Start point: 53.2519 lat, -1.7437 long
End point: 53.2402 lat, -1.7288 long

Cross the weir at Cressbrook and take the path and steps that lead up to the Monsal Trail. The path now rises gently up from the weir, river and overlooking Cressbrook mill and village. You will now get a good view of Upperdale looking down the valley. This path leads up to the old railway track again - follow this until you get to the viaduct that crosses the valley.
The path from the bottom of Priestcliffe Lees and Litton to the trail again here in Upperdale is needed given the tunnel through the hills at this point is closed off. You will have seen the boarded up end of the tunnel as you join the trail just above Cressbrook.
The route turns off from the viaduct before it crosses the valley, but do take the opportunity to walk to the centre and enjoy the views back up Upperdale towards Cressbrook or into Monsal Dale which starts at the viaduct.

Monsal Head to White Lodge car park
Monsal Head to White Lodge car park

Start: OS ref SK182715
End: OS ref SK170705

Start point: 53.2402 lat, -1.7288 long
End point: 53.2313 lat, -1.7468 long

Take the path from the viaduct down along Monsal Dale and down towards the river. Follow the river keeping it to your left - do not cross it at the footbridge just downstream of the weir. Continue along the path or riverbank until you get into the wooded lower part of Brushfield Hough, cross the stream and up through the field to return to the car park.

Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2010 by the author ptruman and may not be reproduced without permission.


1 comments for "Brushfield, River Wye and Monsal Dale"

David Daniels: Just did the Brushfield, River Wye and Monsal Dale walk with my wife and dog - lovely walk

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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From White Lodge car park to Brushfield Hough
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Cross the stream to Brushfield Hough
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The path up through the trees on Brushfield Hough
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View from the top of Brushfield Hough
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Farm at the top - the path goes between the barns on the left
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The track that leads to Brushfield
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Lower Farm
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Middle Farm
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High Dale
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Gate across High Dale (although no fence to the left)
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At the end of High Dale (looking back)
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Turn left onto the track once through this gate
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Along this track, but turn right over the steps on the right
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Keep to the right of this field
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View over Millers dale from the top of Priestcliffe Lees
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Monsal Trail from the footbridge at Litton
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Steps down to Litton mill
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Litton Mill
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Concessionary path in Millers dale adjacent to Litton Mill
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Path through Millers Dale
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Water Cum Jolly dale
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Cressbrook from Water Cum Jolly dale
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Looking back along Water Cum Jolly dale
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Water Cum Jolly dale from Cressbrook
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Cressbrook Mill and village from path towards Monsal Trail
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Looking along Upperdale
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Sealed up tunnel entrance on Monsal Trail
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Remains of Monsal Head station on the Monsal Trail
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Footbridge over trail
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View up Monsal Dale from viaduct
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Monsal Head and viaduct
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Viaduct from the valley floor
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Fly fishing in Monsal Dale
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Monsal Dale, Fin Cop rising to the left

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