5 Dales Walk

5 Dales Walk – In The White Peak Area Of The Peak District

This is an image of the 5 Dales Walk.We had a five and a half mile, 5 Dales walk in the White Peak yesterday to celebrate my 66th birthday. The drive there was in heavy mist, so the prospect of decent views didn’t seem realistic.

Once we were over Tideswell Moor conditions cleared and even patches of blue sky appeared. We parked in the attractive village of Litton and set off heading down into Tansley Dale, the first in this 5 dales walk.

With the recent rain, the limestone rocks underfoot were extremely slippy, so caution was needed. This short Dale reaches Cressbrook Dale at a stile in a limestone wall. Having walked this route two or three times previously, without any problem, it was surprising to see the stile surrounded by a foot of water, although perhaps it was inevitable after all the rain we have had recently. Thanks to rocks appropriately placed we managed to reach the stile without getting too wet.

On the other side of the stile there are stepping stones to cross the usually dry or very shallow stream, which eventually runs into the River Wye. It was a good thing too, otherwise we would have been knee deep in water, with the stream looking more like a small river.

This is an image of the River Wye in the 5 Dales Walk.We carried on down the dale, dodging the swollen stream at times, to the footbridge and path that leads up to the road from Creswell. We carried on down into the small village and were planning to take the path on the north side of the River Wye. Remembering my last visit, a few summers ago, when the path was almost under water, the prospect didn’t seem likely.

My fears were soon confirmed with the path not even visible, in fact the water was lapping the limestone walls of the dale edge. So it was plan B, the path on the southern side of the river.

We crossed the footbridge at the weir in Water-cum-Jolly Dale and the raging flow over the weir showed the extent of the recent rainfalls. We then proceeded above the river to Litton Mill, then dropped down to cross the footbridge into Millers Dale, the fourth dale in this 5 Dales walk.

A short distance out of Millers Dale and we took the path into Tideswell Dale eventually heading north alongside the road to Tidewell. After just over a mile, a right turn on the road lead back to Litton and we were soon enjoying a well earned jar or two and a nice meal at the Red Lion.

Although the weather could have been better, it was good to re-visit some trails not walked for a while and even though the footpaths were very boggy, the White Peak is always good walking in any conditions.


5 Dales Walk — 6 Comments

  1. That’s a lovely walk you describe in one of my favourite areas of the Peak District.

    I think I’ve only ever been walking once in the Tameside area. I think I set off from Marsden on the Yorkshire side and ended up at a recreated Roman fort near Oldham before returning eastwards.

    • Hi Lee, thanks for your visit. The Peak District area has some great walking and I would find it hard to pick my favourite spot. I think the Roman fort you mention must have been the one at Castle Shaw near the Castleshaw Lower Reservoir in Oldham.

  2. Hi Bill,

    Unfortunately I have never walked in Tameside, but I have done plenty of walking, in Yorkshire, having done The Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, and The Lyke Wake Walk on the N Yorkshire moors, both numerous times.

    Both fascinating walks, with beautiful scenery, and lots of history too.

    You can’t beat a good long walk in all kinds of weather and good company.

    • Hi Barry, my son walked the 3 peaks last year. I climbed Ingleborough 18 years ago from Clapham, I remember seeing the Lake District mountains from the summit. The Lyke Wake Walk is a path I have only touched, when walking from Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge on the Coast To Coast Walk in 2004.

      As you say you can’t beat a good long walk, with good company, especially when there’s a beer or three at the end.

  3. Hi Bill,

    Sounds like a great day out with your family. We have some stunning places in this country as you’re detailing in your posts and images. The views look fantastic and are the kind of view i would like to retire to when the time comes.

    I’d love for the back of my place to look out onto views like these, they look so relaxing…. That’s as long as the Red Lion is wheelchair friendly 🙂

    Take care mate,

    • Hi Barry

      There is no better place for countryside views than the UK, especially when the sun is shining. The good thing is the lowlifes don’t infest the countryside like they do the towns.

      I am sure you will realise your dream of being able to live with such views and then all you need is a wheelchair friendly local. Thanks for the visit Barry, it’s appreciated because I know how busy you are mate. Bill