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Alsop Station, Walking in Derbyshire, England, UK

Alsop Station - Walking in Derbyshire

Alsop Station, Walking in Derbyshire was about 8 miles in distance. The terrain of this route included: old railway trackbeds; a couple of steep climbs; lots of stiles; lots of meadows which can be very wet; and a few short road or lane sections.

About 2.5 miles of this walk follow the charming Tissington Trail which is founded on the trackbed of a disused railway. The charm of this route derives from the diversity of elevated walking which provides excellent views, together with the cuttings and their moss-covered rocky walls. On this walk we were immersed in countryside: peaceful meadows full of flowers; awkward stone stiles; inquisitive farm animals who paused to watch us as we passed bye; and three relatively quiet villages: Tissington with its famous well being the most famous, Parwich and Alsop en la Dale.

Starting from Alsop Station, on the first leg we went south east along the Tissington Trail trackbed. Leg two went south across pastures and stiles before heading south east again along lanes and roads through Tissington.

The third leg rejoined the Tissington Trail northwards before leaving the trail north east across pastures and stiles to Parwich. Leg four went north west through Parwich then over fields and stiles; along a short track and lane section; then over more fields plus stiles to reach a farm drive.

Leg five continued north west across pastures and stiles to the A515 road. To complete the walk the sixth and final leg went south west on the A515; then south along a lane and across pastures and stiles to a lane in Alsop en la Dale; then south west along a lane and over pastures and stiles uphill back to Alsop Station.

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Alsop Station, Walking in Derbyshire Route

The Alsop Station, Walking in Derbyshire route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with six legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we went in a south easterly on the Tissington Trail trackbed for about 1.25 miles.

  1. Starting in the car park go right past the picnic area along the Tissington Trail trackbed.
  2. We stayed on the trail until we eventually went under a bridge, through a cutting. We then went right over a stone stile at the next fingerpost.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1.25 miles to this point, the second leg headed south across pastures and stiles. After about a mile we headed south east again along lanes and roads through Tissington.

  1. Here we joined a walled track, keeping the wall on our right across a number of pastures and climbing two stiles until we reached a lane.
  2. We turned left along the lane and continued down the main street of Tissington, passing Tissington Hall on our right.
  3. At the bottom of the road we turned left before the nursery.
  4. At the top of the rise we went right to rejoin the Tissington Trail trackbed.

Leg 3

Having completing around 2.75 miles, leg three rejoined the Tissington Trail in a northerly anti-clockwise arc before leaving the trail and heading north east across pastures and stiles to Parwich.

  1. Next we turned left and went under a bridge.
  2. At about thirty metres before another bridge we went left up a few steps and up a slope to reach the bridge.
  3. We then turned right over the bridge on the Limestone Trail.
  4. Now on a track curving left, at a fingerpost on the right we went right downhill to a stile in a wall to the left of a dip below.
  5. Continuing downhill we kept the dip and field boundary near on our right and aimed for just left of a short wall ahead of us.
  6. After passing through a narrow gated queeze-stile we went forward across the field and crossed a footbridge and stile to the next field.
  7. We crossed the field straight up the hill to cross a stile and footbridge hidden by a tree.
  8. We then went left along the next meadow edge to pass through a squeeze-stile to another field and squeeze-stile to a third field.
  9. We descended the field on the path go through another squeeze-stile to another small field.
  10. We then went right to the corner of the field to cross over a broken stile next to a gate, passing between trees and bushes with a building on; through another low squeeze-stile into Parwich.
  11. Here we turned sharp right to go along a drive with St Peter’s Church ahead of us and walked past cottages on our left to reach a road.
  12. Note that you should turn right here if you want to go to the Sycamore Inn, possibly for lunch.

Leg 4

After about the 4.5 miles mark the fourth leg passed north west through Parwich then across fields and stiles; along a short track and lane section; then more fields plus stiles to reach a farm drive.

  1. Here we turned left.
  2. If you want to visit St Peter’s Church and have lunch on the church bench like we did then go immediately right and return to the road afterwards.
  3. On reaching a sharp right hand bend in the road we turned left along a lane towards the school that was visible ahead of us.
  4. After passing the school on our right and as the lane curved sharply left we went ahead and soon through a low squeeze-stile and wooden gate on our right.
  5. Go up hill across the field to the next gate and squeeze-stile.
  6. Here we went left around the side of the hill across the pasture and passed through a gap in the hedges to reach and pass a gate, small footbridge and squeeze-stile.
  7. We then crossed the next field to the far corner near a sheds and passed through a gate on to a track and to the previous lane we left near the school.
  8. Here we went right uphill and soon after passing farm building on the left we went right through a gate.
  9. Now in a field we headed diagonally left across the field and went through a squeeze-stile type gap next to a gate and fingerpost in the wall to our left.
  10. We then crossed the next field towards buildings and passed through a gated squeeze-stile in the far left corner.
  11. Next we went diagonally left across the next field towards a telegraph pole and went through a wooden gate.
  12. In the next field we went diagonally left towards trees and through another wooden gate to a farm drive.

Leg 5

Having travelled about 5.25 miles, the fifth leg continued north west across pastures and stiles to the A515 road.

  1. We crossed the drive and the wall-stile behind it and then headed diagonally right across the field to pass through a squeeze-stile near the field corner.
  2. In this field we went right to a wall-stile and kept along the same line across the next field to a waymarker and followed it diagonally left across the next field through a large gap in the wall.
  3. We then passed through a squeeze-stile in the next wall and walked along the valley floor to another squeeze-stile in a wall.
  4. Here we headed to just left of the trees on the hill.
  5. We went forward across the first meadow and over a stile before crossing a second meadow and passing through a gate at the corner of a wall.
  6. We continued ahead across the next meadow with the wall on our right, keeping the same line after the wall ended.
  7. We reached a small metal gate next to a large one, passed through it across the field towards trees at a corner with a wall.
  8. We continued ahead with the trees and wall on our left to a gated squeeze-stile in the corner.
  9. Continuing ahead slightly right we crossed five field and passed through five squeeze-stiles to reach a wooded area with a small hill to the right which led to a drive and a squeeze-stile on to the A515.

Leg 6

At this point, having walked about 6.75 miles, the sixth and final leg turned south west on the A515 before heading south along a lane and across pastures and stiles to a lane in Alsop an la Dale. Finally, the route turned south west along a lane and across pastures and stiles uphill back to Alsop Station.

  1. Here we went left and turned down the first lane on the left.
  2. After passing cottages on our right, at a field boundary on the right we passed through a squeeze-stile on the right into a field and crossed it diagonally to the left.
  3. We then clipped the corner of next field by crossing two wall-stiles before holding the same direction across the next field to a five-bar gate, another field and a squeeze-stile after the following field.
  4. In the next field we followed a wall on our left before walking away from the wall as it went to the left, picking up the path over the brow of the hill to a waymarker next to a squeeze-stile in the next wall.
  5. Once through the stile we went diagonally left to a wall and followed it down hill to a wall-stile, through the farm on to a lane at Alsop en la Dale.
  6. Here we turned right passing the church on our left.
  7. As the lane bent to the right we went left over a stile in the wall next to a fingerpost.
  8. We walked up the field beside the wall on our right and just before reaching the wood we went through a gated squeeze-stile next to a fingerpost on the right into the adjacent field.
  9. We continued going up the field with the wall now on our left.
  10. After passing through a final squeeze-stile we turned left on the Tissington Trail and into the car park at the start.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Winster hiking holiday during October 2011. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Winster, Derbyshire to the car park at Alsop Station, Derbyshire off the A515 which was also the start location of the hike.

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