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Peak District Walk
Tissington Trail - Hartington to Parsley Hey

Nat Park - Peak District - Lathkill Dale High Peak

County/Area - Derbyshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.0 miles / 6.5 km

Ascent - 100 feet / 30 metres

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SK150611
Lat 53.146834 // Long -1.777187
Postcode SK17 0AZ (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

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This easy Peak District walk follows a section of the former railway which linked Ashbourne and Buxton. Today it is a well graded path for walkers and cyclists. The start of the walk at the former Hartington station has a pay and display car park and toilets. You could also start the walk at Parsley Hey where there are more facilities including and information centre, café and toilets. The walk includes some fine views across the Derbyshire Dales.

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Assuming you start from the Hartington end of the route all you need do is locate the Tissington Trail and walk west for approximately two miles. So as there is no confusion, if you are standing with your back to the restored signal box, then you need to go right.

The route passes through pleasant countryside with dry stone walls and some nice views. Nowhere is the going hard and even after rain the path is usually quite dry under foot. Along the route you will still see evidence of the existence of a railway including some substantial cuttings, bridges and other earthworks. In addition there are still a few other relics to be seen.

As you near Parsley Hey, the High Peak Trail comes in from your right. Ahead is the former station which now bears very little resemblance to the original. It is working a few minutes past the station to see the recently erected Croatian hut which was erected to celebrate Croatia joining the European Union. It is made of local materials and blends well with the surrounding countryside.

To complete the walk return the way you came making sure you follow the Tissington Trail at the junction passed shortly after leaving Parsely Hey.

 
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