Weekend Walk – Linacre Reservoir

Linacre lower reservoir 2This is a lovely area to walk in, even though it is slightly outside of the Peak District proper.

We often call in here if we are visiting Chesterfield for some shopping and don’t want to leave the dogs behind for any length of time.

Linacre reservoir is owned by Severn Trent and has several pay and display car parks, which is where this particular walk starts. It costs £1 for two hours, which is not bad value at all. If you are lucky, you might even be able to buy an ice cream, if Frederick’s van is parked here.

There are several dog friendly pubs nearby:

The Peacock – at Cutthorpe

The Three Merry Lads – at Cutthorpe (they do a really nice Sunday Carvery and are very dog friendly)!

The Fox and Goose (Pudding Pie Hill S42 7JJ) – we’ve only just found out about this one! They have a lovely log fire for when it gets a bit colder….

The Walk

1. From the car park, walk through the gap and down the steps. Turn right at the bottom of the steps and walk towards the reservoir.

Linacre steps

2. Turn left and follow the well marked path alongside the reservoir. If you keep the water to your right and the grassland to your left, continue along the dam to the end of the path. Half way along, you will see spectacular views of the lower reservoir on your left and the middle reservoir on your right.

Linacre path along reservoirLinacre lower reservoir 2

3. At the end of the path, bear left and walk along the path through the woodland.

linacre forest path

4. At one point the path splits and there is a lower and an upper path. We took the upper path.

5. At the end of the path, turn left and walk along the path at the bottom of the lower reservoir.

6. This will take you to the bottom of some steps, or you can take the path to the right and avoid the steep steps. Assuming you have taken the path, turn left onto the path that you eventually meet and walk back up the hill, past the toilets. You will notice a gate on your left, which you can walk through and meet up with the path where the steps led down to from the car park. Retrace your steps back up to the car park.

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The Bakewell Loop

Tilly on the topDistance:     Approx 3.25 miles
Time:            Approx 1.5 hours
Grid Ref:      SK218685
Post Code:   DE45 1DS
Terrain:         Easy, flat, along the trail and paths.

This is a pleasant circular walk which follows part of the Monsal Trail and includes a public bridleway and some roads. There are some spectacular views of Bakewell as you make the return journey across the fields. Apart from the initial walk up the hill towards Bakewell Station, the rest of the walk is relatively flat and easy going.

Toilets: There are public toilets in Bakewell, next to Boots the Chemist.

Refreshments: There are plenty of coffee shops and tea rooms in Bakewell, but you will also pass Hassop Station Café on this walk, where you can sit outside in the covered seating area.

Directions:

  1. Starting from the pay and display car park behind the Tourist Information Centre, follow the road North East out of town and over the historical five arch stone bridge.
  2. Take a right turn and walk up Station Road signed towards the Industrial Estate. This leads to the old Bakewell Station. (You can start the walk here if you wish to, as there is a small pay and display car park outside the station). The Peak District National Park now owns the disused railway line and it forms part of the Monsal Trail. Walk down the left side of the station building and, turn left onto the Monsal Trail (signed Wye Dale). Walk along the trail for approximately 1 mile.
  3. As you approach Hassop Station, you will see several picnic tables and benches, ideal for a quick snack if you have your own food. Alternatively, there is a lovely café at Hassop Station, where you can stop off for refreshments if you wish. There are tables outside with a large outdoor covered seating area at the front of the building where you can take shelter with your dog if the weather is not so forgiving.
  4. Continue past Hassop Station walking under the bridge and staying on the trail. After about another ¼ mile turn left off the Monsal Trail onto a track (signposted Public Bridleway- a blue arrow on a black background) opposite the old Toll Bar House. The track is walled on either side, so your dog can stay off the lead. Just be aware, that there are several gates to pass through which have access to farmers’ fields, where livestock could be grazing. Please remain vigilant and put your dog on the lead if necessary. The stoned track eventually becomes a grassy track, and in wet weather can become a little muddy, but continue along it for approx 0.75 miles. There are fine views across the fields on either side of the track. The track is rather undulating, but as you reach the top of the last uphill section, you will be rewarded with lovely views of Bakewell and it’s church spire.
  5. When you reach the end of the track, you will pass through a gate into a field (ignore the signs to Great Longstone, which will be on your right). Please be aware, that there are often cattle and sheep in this field, so make sure your dog is on the lead. Follow the well trodden path down through the field, following the blue arrowed bridleway sign. At the bottom of the field, pass through the gate and continue to the bottom of the track, bearing right as you walk past Holme Hall which will be on your left. The track will join up with a minor road.
  6. Once you reach the road (where the entrance to the Riverside Business Park is on your right,) turn left and follow the road until you reach a footpath (accessed by a gate) on your right. Note: There is a poop bin, just by the entrance to the Riverside Business Park. You can now walk across the meadow to the next set of gates.
  7. At the corner of the meadow, there are two gates, one takes you up onto the road and the other continues into the next meadow, along a narrow stone path. Follow the path which takes you to another gate and into the field beyond. From here, follow the footpath across the field and towards the stone bridge.
  8. Once at the bridge, turn right and walk across the bridge back into Bakewell.
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Weekend Walk – Cromford

Cromford walk photo 1Tilly, Mackie and I decided to do an experimental walk along Cromford Canal this week. The reason I say it’s experimental is because dog walks have taken on a whole new meaning now that I have two dogs! Particularly since one is still only a puppy, but at 12 months old, he’s a big one!  At the moment we are doing a lot of lead walks, but that’s only because I don’t have the perfect recall with them together.

Anyhow, the walk that I am about to describe is approximately 2 miles long and took me about one hour. It has a steep uphill section, but is a real mixture of canal paths, woodland and road walking. Hopefully a little bit of everything for everyone.  There are also refreshment stops along the way too.

The Walk

1. Park at Cromford Wharf car park DE4 3RQ.  It is a pay and display (it cost me £1.30 for two hours, which I didn’t think was too bad).

2. From the canal, turn left and walk towards the canal. You must turn left and walk down the canal towards High Peak Junction. Many people walk their dogs along here, and many of them will be off lead. There are poop bins to be found at High Peak junction and I’m pretty sure I passed one at the start of the canal walk at Cromford Wharf.  It’s approximately 1 mile to the High Peak Junction. There are refreshments served here if you wish.Cromford walk photo 2

3. Upon arriving at High Peak Junction, you need to cross the bridge and head behind the buildings, following a path which is called the Sheep Pastures incline.  You will walk through a short tunnel onto the trail. This is the long steep part of the walk. Dogs are fine to be off lead once you are on this path.  The footpath that you are on, follows what was the Cromford and High Peak Railway. You will pass a “catch pit” which was designed to capture run away trains of which there were a few!

4. Continue walking up this hill and walk past the small brick building which will be on your right. Shortly afterwards, you will see a footpath sign on your left. This is where the High Peak Trail (which is what you are on) intersects with the Midshires Trail. You will notice that you are on what I can only describe as a bridge section. Once you turn left you will almost double back on yourself and effectively go underneath the High Peak Trail. Follow the signpost to Cromford (turn left). You will walk down a track, again dogs are still OK off lead, but be aware that this track turns into a road very shortly.

Cromford walk photo 3

5. The track peters out and becomes Intake Lane. Follow this lane downhill (ignoring all turnings) and eventually you will meet the A6, which is a very busy main road. Turn left along the A6 and walk up to the traffic light junction, be very careful of the traffic and keep your dogs on a short lead.   (Note: To avoid walking along the A6 pavement, apparently there is a gap in the wall opposite Intake Lane, when you meet the A6, I didn’t see this path, but apparently this will cut the corner where the road junction is, but I don’t know how easy it would be to cross the road at this point).

6. At the junction, turn right into Mill Road and walk back towards the Cromford Wharf car park.

Below I have shown a map, where the blue marker shows where the walk starts. If you move the map across to the right, you can see the footpaths that I have described. I am still working on how to use these maps properly, so you will have to bear with me! The OS map OL24 is the correct Ordnance Survey map to use, if you have one.

For nearby pubs click here

You might also be interested in this post for dog friendly cafes.

Enjoy your dog walk!

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Weekend Walk: Chatsworth or Eyam?

Chatsworth Horse Trials

Being as Summer is nearly upon us, and everyone likes to find new places to walk/visit with their dogs, I thought I would start a new regular post giving ideas for where to go with your dog at the weekend.

Keeping it timely, this weekend sees the Chatsworth Horse Trials gallop into town (Fri/Sat & Sun 15th – 17th May 2015). This is a great day out for all the family, including your furry friends. They are usually very well catered for at Chatsworth, with plenty of water being available around the show ground for your dog. We go every year, and I am always amazed at the number of dogs that visit – it’s really good to see.

Be prepared to walk a lot! You can follow the riders around the course and watching some spectacular horsemanship. I promise that both you and the dogs will be exhausted by all the fresh air and exercise that you will get!

There are also great trade stands ranging from country clothing, food and drink,  and several pet supply stands. I am hoping that we might find some new dog beds this year, and I could do with some more ideas for training aids for my naughty gun dog puppy. As I write this, he’s currently got one of my socks and lets’s say, I won’t be wearing them any time soon.

A walk in Eyam

If horses aren’t your thing, then how about visiting Eyam (The Plague Village – or at least was…). I went there this week for a wander around with the dogs. We had a nice mooch around the village and then I visited one of the coffee shops which I know is dog friendly, and they now have a window sticker on their front door. Thanks to the staff at Cafe Village Green, which is in The Square in Eyam.

Whilst I was there, I saw another coffee shop almost opposite which I haven’t been in before, but a quick bit of research on Trip Advisor revealed that they are also dog friendly, so I will be taking a trip back to Eyam to take a window sticker to Eyam Tea Rooms, also on The Square.

Our walk (in brief)

1. I parked in Eyam Hall car park (this is a National Trust car park, you’ll need to be a member to park here). Other parking is available, just follow the signs in the village.

2. I turned left and walked up main street, until I reached what was once a public house. I then turned left into Tideswell Lane and followed this up the hill and then turned left onto Windmill Lane. If you have an OS map, there is a loop which takes you around Dunlow Farm and eventually loops back into Tideswell Lane, but there are a lot of sheep and lambs in these fields and dogs must be kept on leads.

3. Instead of taking the loop around Dunlow Farm, because I was short of time and wanted to get to the coffee shop before it closed, I simply turned left down Dunlow Lane, which actually brought me back to the rear of the Eyam Hall car park. I did notice that there were footpath signs to The Delf and Eyam Dale which looked quite interesting so that’s maybe for another day!

I’ve grabbed a quick google map so that you can see the location, hopefully it will help you gain your bearings around the village. You may find you need to expand the map to see all the details and road names.

12 things to do with your dog in the Peaks

Here’s some ideas for what to do today with your dog!

1. Take a walk in Grinlow Woods, Buxton, where your dog can run around the woodlands and burn off some energy. Later you can visit the Pooles Cavern coffee shop, which is a dog friendly cafe, and have a nice warm drink – with your dog by your side. Please note that the cavern itself is not dog friendly, but you are more than welcome to walk through into the coffee shop and enjoy refreshments for you and your dog!

2. Explore the Monsal Trail, and discover one of the many dog friendly pubs nearby. Check our Dogs Welcome in the Peak District guide for more details of which pubs are dog friendly.

3. Visit Bakewell on a Monday, and walk around the market. You can follow this with a drink at a dog friendly cafe or one of the dog friendly pubs in Bakewell. Check our Dog Friendly Bakewell guide for more information.

4. Make a trip to Monyash and take a walk down Lathkill Dale, or try our Monyash Meander walk in our Dog Friendly Bakewell guide. You can finish your day with a visit to the Old Smithy tearooms, who welcome dogs.

5. Visit Monsal Head and walk down into Monsal Dale. Your dog will enjoy running free in Monsal Dale. You can enjoy a drink or a meal in The Stables Bar, back up at Monsal Head, when you’ve both tired from all the fresh air and exercise.

6. Go and see the Crich Tramway Museum. Dogs are welcome to enjoy a ride on a tram. Please check their website for opening times, there are sometimes restrictions on services during the winter months.

7. Enjoy a walk from the picturesque Ashford in the Water and enjoy either a dog friendly cafe or a dog friendly pub. Check our Dog Friendly Bakewell guide for more details.

8. Spend an afternoon wandering around Chatsworth House grounds, you will be pleased to know they allow dogs in the Gardens as long as they are on a lead.

9. Travel to the Eastern Moors near to Sheffield and experience the open spaces of the moors and heather. Enjoy a National Trust walk and stop off at The Grouse inn, which is dog friendly. You can eat with your dog in the conservatory area at the back (limited seating) or there are several benches and tables outside.

10. Visit Black Rocks at Cromford and enjoy a varied walk with your dog through woodlands and open spaces. There are way marked trails, but also plenty of footpaths for those with a local map.

11. If you fancy a woodland walk, check out dog walk section at the top of the page.

Girls in the Goyt Valley

Dog walk in the Goyt ValleyTilly and her daughter have just enjoyed the morning having a great dog walk around the Goyt Valley. They started at the Errwood Car Park and raced up the hill towards Shining Tor, enjoying a pit stop at the trig point.

They then carried along the path towards Cats Tor before turning right and trotting down the hillside onto Foxlow Edge, past Errwood Hall before returning back to the carpark.

Dogs enjoying a walk around Goyt Valley

A good time was had by all!

For more walks around the Peak District try Derbyshire & the Peak District – A Dog Walker’s Guide

 

Visiting the Peak District from London – Motorway walks

Salcey forestWe’ve just spent a  long weekend in London, visiting family and of course the dog came too! It usually takes us about 4 hours to make the drive down to Bromley which is South East of London. It’s a pretty straight forward drive, basically get onto the M1 and then head down to the M25 and round.  However, everyone needs to have a stretch of the legs, including the dog, so we always have to find a good place to stop. Motorway services don’t quite fit the bill, as very few of them have any decent places to take the dog, so instead, I always refer to my trusty little book, Walking the Dog – Motorway walks for drivers and dogs which I keep in the glove compartment of the car. This time, we found a particularly good walk, which I wanted to share with you. It is almost exactly halfway to London from the Peak District and can be found a few minutes off Junction 15 of the M1. The walk is in Salcey Forest and there are wonderful tracks and trails for both you and the dogs to wander along. We took a picnic and sat on logs in the woodland, while the dog happily raced around the woods, leaping over ditches and felled trees, constantly circling around us to make sure she knew where we were.

Salcey Forest also has a cafe and toilets, so it is a great countryside alternative to the usual motorway service station. There is a pay and display car park, which cost £1 for an hour, we found this was the perfect length of time to have a quick walk, picnic and use the facilities, before carrying on with our journey.

I would throughly recommend getting a copy of this book and keeping it in your car, as it gives lots of useful places where you can stop with your dog along many of the motorways in our country.

 

Choose a dog walk

Black Rocks Cromford

Black Rocks Cromford

Here are a few lovely dog walks that we have put together when you come up to the Peak District with your 4 legged friend!

Monyash Meander – a short 2 mile walk around the village of Monyash and surrounding dales. Finishing with a visit to either a dog friendly pub or cafe.

The Wild Rhubarb Walk – try some of the Monsal Trail, but then drop down to the riverside and enjoy the peace and tranquility and nature.

The Bakewell Loop – a fairly flat circular walk of about 3 miles, along parts of the Monsal Trail from Bakewell. Along the way you will pass Hassop Station which houses a coffee shop. There is space outside to sit undercover with your dog. Otherwise you need to find the dog friendly pubs and coffee shops in Bakewell itself.

The Cromford Canal and High Peak Incline  – a pleasant walk along the canal followed by an uphill climb along the High Peak trail and then drop back down into Cromford, where there are dog friendly pubs.

Black Rocks – is close to Cromford and is a great place to let your dog off lead. There are a choice of way marked paths you can follow.

All of the above walks allow your dog to be off the lead, there are other places that you can try some of which may require your dogs to be on the lead – particularly the National Trust walks - although some places are more lenient than others.

Finally there are Woodland walks which are usually offlead and offer your dog plenty of fun.

Hopefully one of these will take your fancy! Enjoy your walks.

 

 

Little Happy Hounds Favourite Dog Walk

Little Happy Hounds

Little Happy Hounds favourite dog walk

One of our favourite dog walks in Fernilee Reservoir, part of the Goyt Valley and just in the beginnings of the national park.

Just after Whaley Bridge Derbyshire you head through the village of Fernilee and into Peak District National Park, eventually on the right is a track that leads to reservoir and car park.

Then there are so many dog friendly options, an easy circuit around the reservoir and back, or you could branch of to Errwood Reservoir and higher Goyt Valley, or if you branched off right  it takes towards the village of Taxal.

One side the reservoir is wooded and you can explore the many paths and eventually at the top there is a quiet logging road.

Fernilee reservoir

Fernilee reservoir

I have never had any issues with any of my dogs running off or anything at all.

So many options, your rarely have to keep your dogs on leads, except when going through farm yards, it so dog friendly, very scenic, beautiful blue water against the back drop the trees… stunning place I have lots more pics!

Cromford & The High Peak Incline – a walk review

A dog walk along Cromford Canal

A dog walk along Cromford Canal

Distance: 3.5 miles
Time taken: 1.75 hours
Terrain: Towpaths, trails, woodland paths and footpaths alongside busy road.

I’ve just completed one of the walks shown in the Collins “Short Walks in the Peak District.”  Here is my review of it’s suitability for dog walkers.

The walk begins from the Cromford Canal car park, which is opposite Cromford Mill and is a pay and display car park. There are handy toilets at the start and also a cafe across the way.

1. Following the towpath from Cromford Wharf, walk a mile along the towpath to High Peak Junction.

Warnings for dog walkers:

  • There is a low barbed wire fence which is almost hidden behind the stone wall on your left as you wall along the towpath. Whilst it might not present a danger to most dogs, those with an inquisitive nature and a strong sense of smell, might be tempted to jump the wall into the field beyond, and could quite easily hurt themselves on the barbed wire. Just be careful.
  •  There is a train track that runs alongside the towpath, before you get to High Peak Junction. There is only three strands of wire that would prevent a dog from straying towards the line. Once again, just be prepared for this and keep a close eye on your dog.

2. From High Peak Junction, cross the canal at the swing bridge and go to the right behind the building.

Warning for dog walkers: You will pass under a road bridge, and the path climbs uphill quite close to the road. It would be possible for the dog to access the road if not carefully supervised.

Note: There are toilets and handy poo bins at this part of the walk.

3. Walk up the High Peak incline (which is quite steep and will raise your heart beat!) There are some interesting placques and notices to read on the way.

4. When you reach the High Peak trail carpark, go through a gate at the side of the car park and immediately turn right – almost doubling back on yourself. Follow the waymarked path down through the wooded area.  Plenty of rabbit smells for dogs down here.

5. When you reach the bottom of the path and it opens out into a clearing, turn right and find the gap in the wall. Follow the field path, alongside the boundary wall.

6. Go through a narrow gate (with cottages to your right) and turn left and head down the access lane. This seems as though it is a driveway to the cottages.

Warning for dog walkers: There is a cattle grid on this lane. You can bypass this by walking around it and through a metal gate.

The access lane drops downhill towards some more houses. You will see a footpath sign to the right, but do not take this and continue along the road as it bends to the left.

7. You are looking for a stone squeezer stile on your right which leads into a narrow hedge-lined path which leads down into Cromford.

Narrow stone squeezer stile to negotiate

Narrow stone squeezer stile to negotiate

8. Follow this path until it links with Cromford Hill. Turn right and walk down the main road into Cromford.

9. Cross the busy A6 and walk past Cromford Mills back to the car park.

The book I used to do this dog walk is shown below and has 20 different “easy” walks which are all less than five miles. All walks are suitable for beginners and families.