Ashbourne (Bellevue) - Hanging Bridge - Clifton - Wyaston - Osmaston - Ashbourne

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Fairly easy walking though some stiles can be difficult to find. The route follows mostly field paths though some road walking is required, mostly on the return route. Part of which is now through an housing estate.

Paths in this area can be neglected and overgrown with stiles not maintained though all were present on last walking. Some sections have been diverted, on walking to photograph this walk, I found suitable stiles for all parts. One area had a section deliberately obstructed which has been reported to the Derbyshire Rights of Way office.

Parts of the walk are in areas designated as flood plain for the river Dove and flood defences are in place. It would perhaps be wise to avoid this area after prolonged rain or after winter melts as parts can and do flood.

This walk takes in a recent extension of the Tissington trail and passes through a series of tunnels from the middle of the market and spa town of Ashbourne returning to the parking area. Ashbourne is famed for its Town Football game now given the title of Royal, which is held on Shrove Tuesday. You will not be able to get through the town when this is in progress.
The pub used on this walk is the Shire Horse Inn in Edlaston, just outside the village of Wyaston. Perhaps not so used to walkers, so be prepared to cover or remove muddy boots. This is a popular pub for food and can be busy, the menu is varied and good value, with bar food specials and a more interesting and costly standard menu, salads are also good value. There is a good choice of hand pulled beers mostly Bass, though with guest beers which change frequently.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Countryside

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Flowers, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
20/11/2012 - Sid Marks

Enjoyed this walk, even though careful map reading is required in places to find the stiles. A few updates are required for this walk, which are,from waymark 2 to 3 the 3 stiles have been replaced with 5 gates because of new boundary fences. At waymark 16,the path is now clear of any obstruction. At waymark 26,all building work has finished,so the route is clear through the farm. At waymark 38,the broken stile has been replaced with a gate,pass through it and turn left up field edge to arrive at step stile into polo field.Enjoy the walk.

25/03/2008 - Paul John Bridgett

This walk has been rewalked and updated March 2008. I did notice the problem at way-mark 26. I think this is ‘work in progress’ and the farmer has now provided access into an adjoining field to allow walkers to get around the building work. I don't think this is worth reporting as I think the problem is temporary and he has now made an alternative route available. There were other areas where the path had been deliberately obstructed by a deep layer of dumped farmyard slurry. Another part of the route has been diverted, with work being done as I passed along what I think is the now available route, the farmer did not make any comment about me being there as I passed by anyway. Hope this removes any further confusion.

09/03/2008 - Andrew Maidstone

Walked 8/3/08. great views and great countryside. Excellent walk. Farmer though has built large sileage disposal plant at point 26 completely blocking path despite clear waymarkers with no path diversion and so alternative route had to be found.

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