Sunday 9th April 2006
A walk that takes in both a wide variety of dales, all unique in character, and a piece of our economic history. The weather threw just about everything at us today. We had hailstorms, rain and snow showers and yet we sat eating our lunch at the bottom of Tansley Dale in warm sunshine. As the school Easter holidays are now in full flow there were plenty of people about at the start of the day making the most of the views and the relatively easy walking to be found in this area. By the time we returned to the car, having cut our planned walk short due to the snow storm only a few walkers were to be seen and the ice-cream van was suffering from a lack of customers.
Start: Monsal Head car park (SK 1843 7148)
Route: Monsal Head car park - Upperdale - Cressbrook
Dale - Tansley Dale - Litton Dale - Tideswell Dale - Litton Mill
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 475 metres Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes
Weather: Sunny, rain, hail, sleet & snow. We had it all today.
Pub visited: Stable Bar, Monsal Head Ale Drunk: Timothy Taylors Landlord
Upperdale, from the car park at Monsal Head,
showing our route
Monsal Dale from the viaduct.
One of Arkwright's first mills at Cressbrook.
Looking back along Upperdale from the descent to Creesbrook Mill.
Cressbrook Dale, our route had followed the path down the hill to the left.
The stepping stones across Cressbrook Dale with
From the top of Tansley
Dale, Cressbrook Dale forms the limestone summit
Near the start of Tideswell Dale we came across these two carvings.
Litton Mill, once described as one of Blake's:
"Dark Satanic Mills"
Miller's Dale during a brief pause in the snow
The viaduct across Monsal Dale that now forms part of the Monsal Trail.
The Stable Bar at Monsal Head, with it's log
fire and excellent beer,
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