Alsop Station - Hall Dale - Wetton - Alstonefield - Alsop Station

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This walk in the Derbyshire / Staffordshire borders takes in a wide range of terrain, including some steep climbs and descents. Mostly in farmland and dales, the paths are well-marked and easily found. Few of the paths get muddy, with most of the field sections being at the high points in this limestone area.
The section of Dove Dale walked in order to cross the River Dove is among the more scenic parts of the dale, from Dove Holes to Ilam Rock where you cross the river via the footbridge at that point. The centre point of the walk is Wetton; the pub 'The Olde Royal Oak' offers a reasonable menu and a few real ales. There are tables outside in the garden and to the front of the pub in the car park area. The owners are not keen on people eating their own food in the beer-garden area. I have not known any comments about using the car park tables for this purpose, though there is a sign that only food bought from the pub be consumed in the car park area.
The return part is a little shorter and initially easy walking, though with a steep descent into Mill Dale from Alstonfield (this can be avoided by track-walking), followed by a steep climb out of the Dove Valley back to the Alsop Station car park area; it levels out a little at the top for about the last mile.

England - Central England - Staffordshire - Peak District


Birds, Church, Food Shop, Hills or Fells, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets

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