Peak District Walk
Milldale and Wolfscote Dale from Alstonefield
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Walk Route Description
This Peak District walk offers a relatively easy introduction to the delights of the White Peak and includes some well-known highlights of the area. The start is the small car park in the village of Alstonefield (grid ref. SK130556). There are other options for parking within the village but do be considerate when parking to reduce inconvenience to residents.
After parking turn right out of the car park and walk into the centre of the village. Take the lane leading past the church, which is on your right. A short way past the church take the signed footpath to Milldale on the right of the lane. This leads across fields to descend steeply to a lane in Milldale (grid ref. SK138548). Turn right and then left at the first junction. This leads you to the centre of Milldale and the picturesque bridge over the River Dove.
Turn left along the footpath beside the road keeping the river on your right. Continue along this path to reach the next bridge over the river (grid ref. SK145551). Cross the Dove into Derbyshire and once on the opposite side take the signed path on the left. This leads alongside the river, which is now on your left. This walk stays with the river for nearly three miles. It is useful to have a map so that you can regularly check your location.
Approaching way is the junction with Biggin Dale (grid ref. SK141570), which lies on your right. From this point north you are in Wolfscote Dale. Continue along the often busy path enjoying wonderful views with limestone outcrops. At the next bridge (grid ref. SK130584) you leave the riverside path, cross the bridge and return to Staffordshire. Follow this wide path towards Narrowdale keeping straight ahead at the first junction of paths (grid ref. SK126576). This path continues ahead before joining an enclosed lane.
Turn right up this lane. Just before reaching the wooded area on the map, take the signed footpath on the left. This leads across a meadow to the road (grid ref. SK126563). Do not go onto the road but turn sharp left and follow the path which almost doubles back on itself before turning right across a series of fields. At the first cross-junction (grid ref. SK129561) go straight ahead to bear right at the next junction. This leads you onto a road. Turn left to return to the car park which is a short way along this road on the right.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1021 Milldale & Hall Dale from Alstonefield - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 1257 Wolfscote Dale from Alstonefield - easy/mod - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 3597 Manifold Valley, Thor's Cave, Ecton & Wetton Hills from Alstonefield - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 3601 Dove & Manifold Valleys from Alstonefield - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 1181 The Manifold Valley & Wetton Hill - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 1653 The Manifold Valley from Wetton - easy/mod - 7.8 miles/12.7 km
Walk 2681 Wetton & Manifold Valley - easy/mod - 3.6 miles/5.9 km
Walk 2537 Ecton Hill & Wetton from Wetton Mill - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3455 The Manifold Valley, Wetton and Dovedale from Ilam - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km
Walk 3527 Dovedale and the Manifold Valley from Ilam - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East
Guidebook describing 42 half-day and day walks in the limestone landscapes of Derbyshire's White Peak, part of the Peak District National Park. One of two volumes, this book covers the east of the region, with potential bases including Bakewell, Eyam, Castleton, Birchover, Matlock and Wirksworth.
Dark Peak Walks
Guidebook to 40 walks in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. 35 circular routes for most abilities, from 8km to 19km, around Edale, Marsden, Fairholmes, Baslow and Castleton, including Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, and 5 longer (25km to 45km) routes highlighting the best of the Gritstone Edges, High Moorland and Deep Valleys.
The End to End Trail