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Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail

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Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail
Author: mumnpets, Published: 15 Jul 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail Walking Guidestar1 Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail Walking Guidestar1 Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail Walking Guidestar1 Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail Walking Guidestar0 Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail Walking Guide
Derbyshire, Ashbourne
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail Walking Guide boot Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail Walking Guide
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This is a pleasant walk from the former Alsop Station on the Tissington Trail down to the River Dove at Lode Mill. Then a stroll along the river bank, followed by an ascent of one of Derbyshire's less well known dales to re-join the Tissington Trail and return to Alsop Station. On this walk you will encounter several squeezer stiles and gates and one steady uneven climb, some sections can be overgrown with nettles. Picnic tables are sited near the car park. I used OS Map: Explorer OL24 White Peak Area 1:25000.

Parking is at the former Alsop Station which is located directly off the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne Road approximately 5.5 miles north of Ashbourne. The nearest post code is DE6 1QP (this is for the village of Alsop and not the car park). The car park is pay and display and there are no toilets or refreshment stops along the length of the walk. The nearest public toilets and refreshments are at Milldale approximately 1.5 miles away.

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Walk Sections

Start to Road Junction
Start to Road Junction

Start point: 53.0914 lat, -1.7688 long
End point: 53.0906 lat, -1.7755 long

Leave the car-park via the main entrance and cross the busy A515 and walk down the lane opposite. This is Oxclose Lane and take care on this stretch as there is no pavement. Walk down the lane for around a quarter of a mile to reach a road junction.

Road Junction to Lode Mill
Road Junction to Lode Mill

Start point: 53.0906 lat, -1.7755 long
End point: 53.0926 lat, -1.7832 long

At the junction turn right and follow the road down to the river at Lode Mill. Take care as this is a fairly narrow road with no pavement.

Lode Mill to Coldeaton Bridge
Lode Mill to Coldeaton Bridge

Start point: 53.0926 lat, -1.7832 long
End point: 53.1017 lat, -1.7834 long

Just before the bridge, take the path to the right and descend the short steep stone steps before walking between the house and the river. After a short distance the path passes through a squeeze stile and opens out to follow the course of the river upstream. The path here is part grass and part stone.

Coldeaton Bridge to Liffs Road
Coldeaton Bridge to Liffs Road

Start point: 53.1017 lat, -1.7834 long
End point: 53.1076 lat, -1.7656 long

Follow the riverside path passing two footbridges (marked as private) until a small stone building at Coldeaton Bridge comes into view.

At the gated wall immediately before the building, turn right and head up the dale away from the river. At this point the walk begins to climb and becomes uneven under foot. It can be overgrown with nettles in the lower section, changing to a more grassy less steep section later. Continue to the top. The dale has many varieties of wild flowers and butterflies.

Liffs Road to Tissington Trail
Liffs Road to Tissington Trail

Start point: 53.1076 lat, -1.7656 long
End point: 53.0977 lat, -1.7765 long

At the top of the dale the path exits onto Liffs Road via a gate (the area immediately before the gate can be quite muddy as it is churned up by animals using a near-by feeder).

Take time here to look ahead at the hill with a clump of trees around its top. This is Aleck Low, the site of a megalithic round barrow. A crouched skeleton with many grave goods which included a polished flint axe head, a deer horn macehead and a small pottery flask was excavated here.

Turn right onto the road and walk a short distance to the bridge ahead.

Tissington Trail to End
Tissington Trail to End

Start point: 53.0977 lat, -1.7765 long
End point: 53.0914 lat, -1.7687 long

Just before the bridge go through a gate on your right to join the Tissington Trail. On reaching the trail turn right once more and follow the trail for approximately 1.5 miles back to the car park at Alsop Station. Take care along the trail as it is well used by cyclists who can sometimes be riding at speed. This section is quite open and can be very windy at times but there are fine views to be enjoyed.

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3 responses to "Alsop En Le Dale, Lode Mill and the Tissington Trail"

Great walk. Just right length for a soon to be six year old. Thanks!

By monsterlande on 2015-03-15 17:14:26

Good views and enjoyed the variety or riverside and old railway line. Lengthened the walk slightly by taking footpath opposite car park entrance, across field, right along the lane then left through squeeze stile to follow contour path along the top of Milldale. Down steep zig zag path to Viator's bridge in Milldale then right along river to join route at point 2 on the map. 5.5 miles in total.

By helen68white on 2015-10-02 17:36:32

A lovely walk, really lovely views although we were somewhat disappointed to find a wire and barbs fence across the path between points 4 & 5, maybe we went wrong but having negotiated the fence we carried on to the end of point 5 just as indicated by the route. We did see lots of butterflies even this late in the season.

By Suecave on 2016-09-29 15:52:32

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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