Shining Cliff Woods - Alderwasley - Ambergate

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Starting from Alderwasley, the walk passes through a couple of fields with high-level views over the Derwent Valley towards Crich War Memorial. Then the route goes through Shining Cliff Woods via the youth hostel. A small, pretty lake is passed with usually a couple or so ducks to complement the scene. Then as the path is traversed (if walked at the end od April) an abundance of bluebells will be seen all among the trees. Vacating the woods, a small stretch of the busy A6 is walked along, before turning off eventually to walk along the serene and scenic (now disused) southern part of the Cromford Canal, until the intriguing Whatstandwell Village is reached. There is a pub (The Derwent Hotel) at the Derwent river-bridge that is open from 11 o'clock onwards for drinks and hot meals. Crossing the bridge, the path then goes uphill with many fine views over to Crich Tower and the Tram Museum quarry below it. After passing through a few fields, the lane is reached to take you back to the car.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, River, Wildlife
01/09/2019 - Val Greenwood

The Derwent Hotel is no more! It is now a very popular tea room and restaurant called the 'Family Tree'.

25/11/2012 - Mark Palmer

Great walk. Fantastic views. Walked 25/11/2012. Very wet under foot at times paths were small streams. Took the dog and managed about 90% of the walk off the lead

17/07/2011 - Adrian Fieldhouse

Walked on 16 July 2011. I think it has been a while since this walk was posted, couple of things to add. In general, a number of the waypoints now look different as much of the vegetation has grown significantly since the photos were taken. Waypoint 10 - this is now a couple of posts and chain rather than the log barracade photographed here. Waypoint 16 - the Derwent Hotel has recently changed hands and at the time of writing, had been open a week. They are dog friendly so you can have a meal and take your dog inside and the food we had (a simple snadwich) was very good.

16/10/2006 - karl noon

Parking at the start of this walk a bit scarce, Only enough room for three or four cars. Nice start with a walk through the woods and then onto the canal. But beware when crossing the A6 (before and after the canal) as this road is mega busy. Nice end to walk across quiet fields.

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