A Contemplative Man's Recreation


Circular Walk - Thorpe Cloud(Dovedale) to Tissington through Milldale

Walk Directions

Thorpe Cloud to Tissington through Milldale

Dovedale Car Park to Ilam Rock

Take the path from the car park upstream along the river. Cross the footbridge. Go to the top of Thorpe Cloud and then return to the riverside. Take the path past the stepping-stones. The path follows the riverside and then it goes over Lovers Leap. Continue past Tissington Spires. Go past Reynard’s Arch, which is on the right. You will then reach Ilam Rock which is on the left.

Ilam Rock to Milldale (1.17 miles)

Continue on the riverside path. Follow the path past the caves which are called Dove Holes. Continue to follow the path to Viator’s Bridge, Milldale. Take path uphill to the right just before Viator’s Bridge

Milldale to Alsop-en-le-Dale (1.52 miles)

As the path rises take the left fork of the two paths. The path follows a wall on the left and leads to a stile. Having crossed the stile the wall is now on the right of the footpath. At the path junction, which is at the stile, take the left path to Alsop. The path joins the lane and then turns right. After about 100 metres take the path across the field on the left. Cross the main road, and go down the track to old Alsop station. Take the path straight in front, which goes down across the fields. When you reach the lane, turn right along lane into Alsop. You will go past the Hall and Church

Alsop-en-le-Dale to Tissington (2.26 miles)

Leave the village by continuing along the same lane. Go past the farm. Take the right footpath at 45degrees that follows a track. After the brow of the hill aim to the right of the gate ahead
Cross the stile (which is difficult to find) and head towards the trees. Continue straight ahead. The path then leads under the Tissington Trail. The footpath leaves the track to pass to the left of the farm buildings. Follow the path across the fields. At path junction take the left path to Tissington. Follow Rakes Lane into Tissington. Go past the Hall and Church.

Tissington to Dovedale Car Park (2.46 miles)

To return to start, turn right at the end of the main road. Follow the road along the estate drive. Cross the main road and follow the lane opposite. The lane bends left and after there is a footpath on the right. Follow the path across several fields. On the quiet lane turn left and then the footpath is on the right. Follow the path past the back of the hotel. Aim for Thorpe Cloud
Go through the gate and turn left along the slope of Thorpe Cloud. Go down to the bridge and retrace your steps to the car park

Distance: 9.25 miles Ascent: 1427ft