Ashford - Little Longstone - Litton - Monsal Head - Ashford

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Walking fields, tracks, dales and roads in this area gives some contrasts,also taking in probably one of the most photographed viaducts in Derbyshire at Monsal Head; the path passes over it.

The turning point in the path on the moorland section on Longstone Edge is not easy to spot and is not marked, though if missed there is an alternative without adding much extra distance, by following the next path to the left alongside the wall at far side of moor. The valley area into Cressbrook Dale and Tansley Dale is a good area for plant spotters; in season large areas are covered with early purple orchids and butterbur, though these are quite common in this area.

The central point at Litton is a small quiet village, with a shop for food, tea, coffee and soft drinks, also a small pub, the Red Lion, in the corner of the village green near the chapel. The pub offers a good value menu and has frequently changing guest beers; I have known Abbot and Old Speckled Hen to be available, when walked for photos Oakwells Barsley Bitter, Black Sheep and Shepherd Neame's 'Spitfire' were offered. As stated, the pub is very small, so be prepared to wait if you want a seat inside for food (or pre-book). There are a few bench tables outside, some of which are on the green itself. Litton Village always reminds me of a typical Yorkshire Dales village with its village green and is not typical of Derbyshire villages.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Peak District


Birds, Church, Flowers, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Nature Trail, Pub, Public Transport, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
5/24/2011 - Walkingworld Administrator

Our thanks to Keith Hembrey for his update for this walk. May 2011. Adrian (Admin)

5/15/2005 - Graham Taylor

Went on this walk 15th May in brilliant spring sunshine. Only meant to stay a short while at the Red Lion but a few hours later we were walking along the final stretches in Ashford in lovely evening sunshine. Really recommend this walk for its mix of moors and dales and a great pub.

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