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The River Wye near Cressbrook
The River Wye near Cressbrook

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Route No. 546 - Wednesday 30 April 2014
Monsal Head, Brushfield, Millers Dale,
River Wye, Cressbrook circuit - 8km
Derbyshire Peak District . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak area


The view from Monsal Head on this rather misty morning
The view from Monsal Head on this rather misty morning

The River Wye by the car park
The River Wye by the car park

From the car park, at map ref. SK176722, we walked back along the road towards Monsal Head for about 100m to a crossroads. Here we turned right and walked along the lane for a few metres to cross the River Wye.

My mate, Jim, and I have been given a three day pass each by our respective wives and we are spending them in Buxton in Derbyshire. This is our last day. This morning we drove to Monsal Head then down the steep lane to the valley bottom and stopped in a little car park by the River Wye.

The lane down to the bridge over the River Wye
The lane down to the bridge over the River Wye

The River Wye seen from the bridge by the car park
The River Wye seen from the bridge by the car park

Bridge on the old railway taking the Monsal Trail over our track
Bridge on the old railway taking the Monsal Trail over our track

Stony track still climbing up the valley side
. . . the stony track still climbing up the valley side

From the railway bridge we continued along the stony track climbing steeply up the valley side, round a hairpin bend in the track and up again. About 1km from the River Wye bridge the track levelled out and then began to drop down gently to the hamlet of Brushfield.

Once across the River Wye the lane became a stony track and turned left climbing steeply up the valley side. After about 250m the track passed under a railway bridge. The railway is disused and now forms the Monsal Trail for cyclists and walkers.

Stony track climbing up the valley side
Stony track climbing up the valley side . . .

Track dropping down into the hamlet of Brushfield
Track dropping down into the hamlet of Brushfield

Misty view across the Wye valley on the way to Brushfield
Misty view across the Wye valley on the way to Brushfield

Ewe & lambs at Middle Farm, Brushfield
Ewe & lambs at Middle Farm, Brushfield

Turning off the track from Brushfield to a path to Litton Mill
Turning off the track from Brushfield to a path to Litton Mill

Dropping down to Litton Mill in Millers Dale
Dropping down to Litton Mill in Millers Dale

Here we turned right off the track to follow a path across the fields heading north east to Litton Mill. After around 350m the path began to drop down the steep valley side into Millers Dale.

In Brushfield we turned right to follow a farm access track heading north west above High Dale for about 1km to map ref. SK152723.

Two of the various tupps seen at Brushfield
Two of the various tupps seen at Brushfield

The path across the fields to Litton Mill
The path across the fields to Litton Mill

Dropping down to Litton Mill in Millers Dale
Dropping down to Litton Mill in Millers Dale

Looking across Millers Dale from the path to Litton Mill
Looking across Millers Dale from the path to Litton Mill

Joining the Monsal Trail on the old railway above Litton Mill
Joining the Monsal Trail on the old railway above Litton Mill

Path down to the River Wye from the old railway
Path down to the River Wye from the old railway

The River Wye seen from the footbridge at Litton Mill
The River Wye seen from the footbridge at Litton Mill

The woodland path led us to a footbridge over the River Wye. We stopped by the river for a while to watch the numerous large trout manoeuvring in the fast current at the footbridge. Then we followed the path out to the road at Litton Mill.

Just above the River Wye we came to the Monsal Trail along the disused railway. From the bridge over the railway we turned right to go down some steps on to the railway path and immediately turned left off the railway path to go down a narrow path through the woodland.

Our turning off the old railway down to the River Wye
Our turning off the old railway down to the River Wye

Footbridge over the River Wye at Litton Mill
Footbridge over the River Wye at Litton Mill

One of the large trout seen from the footbridge
One of the large trout seen from the footbridge

Permissive path through the yard at Litton Mill
Permissive path through the yard at Litton Mill

We followed this path by the river for about 2km to the village of Cressbrook. All the way the river is in a steep sided valley with high limestone cliffs most of the way. It's a beautiful and spectacular place.

We Turned off the road to walk along a permissive path through the yard of Litton Mill which is now a residential apartment block. Beyond the mill yard we came to a very attractive path along the riverside.

Start of the path by the Wye from Litton Mill to Cressbrook
Start of the path by the Wye from Litton Mill to Cressbrook

The River Wye between Litton Mill and Cressbrook . . .

The River Wye between Litton Mill to Cressbrook
The River Wye between Litton Mill to Cressbrook

The River Wye between Litton Mill to Cressbrook
The River Wye between Litton Mill to Cressbrook

Grey wagtail feeding on the mudbank  by the River Wye
Grey wagtail feeding on the mudbank by the River Wye


Path beside the River Wye

Swan on the River Wye - his mate was sitting on a nest nearby
Swan on the River Wye - his mate was sitting on a nest nearby

Most of the way between Litton Mill & Cressbrook the River Wye is bordered by limestone cliffs
Most of the way between Litton Mill & Cressbrook the River Wye is bordered by limestone cliffs

Weir on the River Wye at Cressbrook
Weir on the River Wye at Cressbrook

Path at the foot of the cliffs at Cressbrook
Path at the foot of the cliffs at Cressbrook

Cressbrook Mill now converted to residential appartments
Cressbrook Mill now converted to residential apartments

The route including the steep climb out of the valley at the start and much gazing at the wonderful scenery. From the car park we drove home after a memorable three days of walking in the Derbyshire Peak District.

At Cressbrook we had a look at the weir and then joined the road to walk along the valley for about 1km back to the car park and the end of our walk. The whole route had been only 8km but it had taken us around three hours to walk.

The path into Cressbrook
The path into Cressbrook

The path into Cressbrook
The path into Cressbrook

Jacob's sheep at Cressbrook
Jacob's sheep at Cressbrook

Returning to the car park at the end of our walk
Returning to the car park at the end of our walk

Some of the wild flowers we passed along the way . . .

Violets
Violets

Cowslips
Cowslips

Red campion
Red campion

Forget-me-nots
Forget-me-nots



Wild strawberries
Wild strawberries

Wood anemones
Wood anemones

Kingcups
Kingcups

Water aven just coming into flower
Water aven just coming into flower


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