Miller's Dale & Cressbrook Dale from Tideswell Dale

A Tideswell walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 30/01/17

This circular Peak District walk starts in Tideswell Dale and continues through Miller's Dale into Ravensdale. The route is an ideal introduction to this area which is popular for walkers.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h05[?]
Distance Distance : 9.13km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 206m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 201m
Highest point Highest point : 306m
Lowest point Lowest point : 185m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Tideswell
Starting point Starting point : N 53.26441° / W 1.77075°
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(D)The start is the car park in Tideswell Dale alongside the B6049 (grid ref. SK154742). There are public toilets here too. Exit the car park to the south and walk down Tideswell Dale following the route of the stream. This path leads down to a tarmac lane (grid ref. SK156731). You are now in Miller's Dale.

(1)Bear left along this lane with the River Wye to your right. You soon arrive at Litton Mill, once infamous for its harsh treatment of child labour. Continue through the Mill following the signed concessionary path. This leads you down to the banks of the river. Continue through this delightful steep-sided Dale to reach Cressbrook. Do not cross the river here instead walk left up to the tarmac road.

(2)Turn left and where the road forks, keep right continuing up the lane into Cressbrook Dale. At grid ref. SK171733 bear right down a track to Ravensdale Cottages. Continue past the cottages joining a path up the Dale through woodland to reach a footbridge (grid ref. SK171741).

(3)Cross the bridge and start a steady climb up the side of the Dale. Once at the top of the slope and having enjoyed the view, bear left and descend into Cressbrook Dale again. (You can omit this climb by staying on the valley floor using a concessionary path.) Reaching the valley floor continue for a short distance up the dale to reach a signed footpath on your left to Litton (grid ref.SK173748). Follow this path up Tansley Dale to reach a walled lane.

(4)Cross the lane and follow the continuing path across the field to reach the main road through Litton. There is a pub in Litton. Bear left along the main road through the village. Initially keep to the left where the road splits and ignoring the left turn into Bottomhill Road, continue to the B6049. Turn left here and the starting point is a short distance down this road.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Tideswell Dale car park
1 : km 1.39 - alt. km 1.39 - Bear left along lane
2 : km 3.68 - alt. km 3.68 - Walk left up tarmac road
3 : km 5.12 - alt. km 5.12 - Cross bridge and continue uphill
4 : km 7.05 - alt. km 7.05 - Cross lane and follow footpath
D/A : km 9.13 - alt. km 9.13 - Tideswell Dale car park

Useful Information

This short Derbyshire walk is one of the first I recorded in my walking diary. On 2nd July 1996 I wrote "Full of variety and interest. Tideswell dale, Litton Mill with its deadly regime, the waterfront of Millers Dale, Ravensdale and the dry valleys of Cressbrook and Tansley Dale meant there was never a dull moment."

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.78/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.33/5
Walk interest : 5/5

Moderator hiker
on Wed 19 Sep 2018 09:02:41 CEST

Glad to hear you enjoyed the walk! Thank you for your comments

on Mon 17 Sep 2018 11:57:12 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 17/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A charming walk with plenty of points of interest and fine views.
We started in Tideswell which worked fine and had a good pub lunch in Litton.
Could be muddy in wet weather but otherwise easy to walk on well way marked tracks.
Worth mentioning Peter’s Stone: the Peaks answer to Death Valley in a variety of ways!
We met a lot of other people who didn’t seem to be sure where they were going so we felt rather smug about our good guide.

Moderator hiker
on Fri 07 Sep 2018 15:02:25 CEST

Thanks for your feedback. Glad to hear you like the site

on Fri 07 Sep 2018 12:09:30 CEST

I have used Hikideas to plan a walk using this route plan for a get-together with some old mates in October.
I will post my impressions and opinions after we've had acouple of pints in the pub!
Really impressed with this site and all it has to offer! Thanks
PS others' reviews were helpful as well.

on Sun 19 Aug 2018 16:28:32 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 19/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

A very good walk! I have had enjoyed every single part of the walk! Amazing views! Thank you very much for posting this walk!

on Mon 11 Jun 2018 09:39:58 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 07/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Very enjoyable and varied walk, lacking a couple of signposts. The pub stop in Litton was most welcoming and was not to far from the end of walk. Very satisfied with printed route . Will use hikideas again

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