Tissington Short Walk
Here's a lovely short walk that can be done at any time of the year. It can take you as little as an hour or you can saunter slowly to make it last longer.
Leave the car park via the roadway and turn left. Continue to a fork in the road and bear left towards the village pond. You'll pass one of the village's five wells on the right - this one is known as Town Well and next to the pond is the 1837 Old School, built by Francis Fitzherbert.
At the junction by the old school, turn right towards Tissington Hall (use the link on the right of this page to see it in 360). Before you reach the hall, you'll see St Mary's Church to your right. The church dates back to the 12th Century and the graveyard contains the grave of a James Allsop who died in 1912 aboard the Titanic.
As you reach Tissington Hall you can see another of the village's wells on the right. This one is called Hall Well. Continue up the road to the junction - and another well, Hands Well.
Turn right at this junction. Immediately after the last cottage on the left take the narrow footpath that runs along the side of the building, through a gate and into a field. Follow the path up the incline to your left (don't be tempted to go up the hill to your right) and go through a series of stiles. As you go over or through the stiles pay careful attention to the direction of the arrows pointing you towards the next stile.
Follow the path to the top of the hill - an area known as Crakelow (Crows' burial mound). You will come to a fenced area surrounding trees planted by the villagers to commemorate the Millennium... you can choose to go through the fenced area or around it.
Take the path over the summit and then head down the other side following more stiles towards Crakelow Farm.
Just to the right of the farm buildings is a gate which will place you on a short track and take you onto a railway bridge. At the end of the bridge, turn right over a stile and follow the mud path down to join the Tissington Trail. Be sure to turn left as you arrive at the trail - heading away from the bridge you've just come over.
As you join the trail you pass through an area kept as a nature reserve by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the track teams with wildlife - particularly butterflies. The trail is popular with cyclists, so be aware of them coming up behind you and share the trail with them.
All you need to do now is follow the Trail under two more bridges and it will bring you to the car park which was your starting point.
last updated: 04/04/2008 at 16:08