Details : Tissington Walk via Parwich
Distance 4 miles
Time 1-2 hours
Terrain Country lanes, field paths, trails
Accessibility Uneven terrain, step stiles, squeeze stiles, gates
Start and End Point Grid Ref SK 17587 | Nearest Postcode DE6 1RA | /// haystack.sending.popular
Map Ordnance Survey Explorer OL24
Introduction : Tissington Walk via Parwich
This beautiful walk starts and ends in the perfect little village of Tissington, on the southern edge of the Peak District National Park, where there is a great café and a selection of lovely independent shops. It takes you along country lanes and over field paths offering fabulous views, all the way to the equally wonderful village of Parwich. There’s a cosy country pub in Parwich for halfway refreshments if needed. From Parwich the route heads back over field paths and along the peaceful Tissington Trail all the way back to Tissington.
This is a walk of 4 miles. There are some gentle ascents and descents, and some uneven terrain on the field paths. There are step stiles and squeeze stiles. There is free parking in Tissington at the start of the walk. You are likely to encounter cows on this route. Allow around 1-2 hours to complete this walk at a moderate pace, with rest stops to take in the views.
Directions : Tissington Walk via Parwich
1. Park in the centre of the lovely village of Tissington, close to the church of St Mary. There’s plenty to see and do here before or after your walk, including tours (on selected days) around the grand Tissington Hall, lunch at the lovely Herbert’s Tea Room, plus a stroll around the garden centre, the candle shop and a trip to the old-fashioned sweet shop. Please park with consideration for local residents.
2. Walk out of Tissington with the Hall on your left until you come to a fork in the road. Take the right hand fork on to Sawpit Hill and follow this quiet lane past the sweet shop on your left.
3. Where the road forks again, take the left hand fork and continue down Flatts Lane, passing a caravan site on the right. Follow this quiet country lane out through fields on all sides, ignoring footpaths off.
4. The lane eventually narrows and bears right, crossing a bridge. Continue on the lane, over a cattle grid (stile beside) into Shaws Farm. After approximately 150 metres turn off the lane and follow a field path on the right, signposted to Parwich.
5. Follow the path across the field, heading towards a stile across a stone wall. Cross the stile and walk straight on over the next field, heading for a squeeze stile visible in the wall ahead. (Be aware that there is a gate to the right of the squeeze stile if this very narrow stile is a squeeze too tight!)
6. The path is obvious across the next field, heading diagonally left and up. At the field edge cross a footbridge over a small stream, and continue heading up towards a step stile into another field at the top. Don’t forget to look around you at the fantastic views as you pause to take a breather!
7. Go over the stile and follow the signposted path along the left edge of the field, close to the hedge. At the end of the field go through a further squeeze stile and a gate, and again follow the signposted path along the field edge, keeping to the right of the hedge. In the field corner a further squeeze stile takes you across a further field, now with the lovely village of Parwich in clear view.
8. Cross the field diagonally left towards a squeeze stile in a stone wall, which leads through another small field to emerge onto a quiet lane.
9. If you wish to explore the beautiful village of Parwich, turn right on this lane, passing the Royal British Legion club (open to non-members) on the left. Turn right at the T-junction to head into the heart of the village, where you’ll find a lovely stream, a pond, a playground and The Sycamore pub. The pub also has a little village shop inside if you need takeaway snacks or drink.
10. To continue with the walk, turn left on the quiet lane as you emerge from the field and head up out of the village. Follow the lane as it leaves the houses behind.
11. After approximately 200 metres look out for a signed footpath on the left, close to a plan of the village. Go through the gate and take the footpath diagonally right and up across the field. Go through a further hand gate in a hedge and continue in the same direction following the clearly marked path across a second field.
12. At the corner of the field go through another hand gate and a squeeze stile, and continue straight on through trees towards a wide gate (stile beside). Immediately after crossing the stile, turn left and walk to the right of a fence.
13. At a further signpost turn right to walk diagonally right across the field, following the obvious path. Cross a footbridge over a small stream and then turn left, following the signposted path downhill, with stepping stones to a hand gate.
14. Go straight on up across the field ahead towards a further gate, and then straight up again towards a cluster of trees at the top of the hill. Continue walking through the trees towards a further small hand gate. Go through the gate and walk diagonally right across the field ahead.
15. Go through a wide gate with a cattle grid (stile beside) and turn immediately left, signposted Tissington Trail, through a gate to walk on a narrow path alongside a low stone wall. The path curves to the right after approx 50 metres and joins the traffic-free former railway line of the Tissington Trail.
16. Continue following the Tissington Trail, ignoring footpaths off, with beautiful views to the left over the rolling countryside.
17. When you go under a bridge with a wide ornamental gate leading to a car park, turn right immediately after the bridge to walk back into Tissington village. At the T-junction, turn left, following signs to the village. This quiet road will take you past the duckpond on your left.
18. Straight after the duckpond take the road on the right, The Green, which will lead you back to your parked car.