Woolley Moor - Handley - Ashover - Ravensnest - Woolley

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A quite relaxing walk not straying too far from the beaten track, though staying mostly on field-paths and green lanes. Some short sections of road-walking are required on mostly quiet, narrow roads.

The walk passes close to Ashover Rock, which is the most southerly outcrop of granite rock from the Pennines. This area is popular with locals and offers good views from the trig point and weather station beside the rock.

The village in the middle of this walk (Ashover) offers three pubs, each with its own appeal. This walk uses The Black Swan, which was used for location filming for the 1990s TV medical drama series 'Peak Practice'. Only the outside and the name was used; the interior is quite different to the studio set shown on TV. They offer a varied and good-value menu, though possibly not on some midweek days, at very reasonable prices and have a good choice of hand-pulled beers, including Greene King's Abbot Ale on my last visit.

The other pubs, which may not be open at lunchtimes midweek, are The Crispin, next to the church, offering good-value food, though not so good for beers; and the renamed 'Old Poets Corner' (formerly Red Lion), passed when leaving the village, which has now become the 'choice' pub in the village.

England - Central England - Derbyshire - Countryside


Birds, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
8/17/2013 - Gerald Maddison

Did this walk 12/08/13. Way-marking was mainly very good but use the guide.Paths from point 1 to 14 fair to poor (point 2 was covered by holly on one side and hawthorn the other) but from 15 to 26 the walk is excellent. Point 27 no longer exists but a short way along a way-marked path diagonally right rejoins at point 28. From points 29 to 33 it was very bad. Point 32 is now a slightly right turn (even the way-marker points left) and point 33 is the same.We just walked around the fields until we found the exits. At point 41 entering a field of cows and calves, two bulls appeared and chased us from the field. There were no signs indicating there were bulls in the field. With no alternative we returned to the main road (which was very busy) and to the car park. We measured the walk at 9.5 miles after detours.

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