A lovely walk starting through the picturesque village of Alstonefield to picturesque Milldale crossing Viator’s Bridge, a packhorse bridge named after a character in the best-selling book The Compleat Angler. Crossing the river from Staffordshire into Derbyshire and walking along the dale up through a steady climb of Halldale, to Stanshope with superb views of the River Dove. Little more than a cluster of farms and Stanshope Hall standing on a bend on the road to Ilam. The hall dates back to the 1500s but it has not always been as well kept as it is today. William Manley a money lender, with two mistresses who lived nearby, went bankrupt in 1799. Over the next 50 years, the house fell into disrepair before being rescued from dereliction in the 1850s. Hall Dale is a delightful dry dale leading down to Dovedale, which used to be covered with beds of snowdrops in the spring. The walk is completed back to Alstonefield and back to the famous George pub for those who wish to stop.
Miles - 4.3
Steps – tba
Lowest: 502ft Highest: 923ft Total Ascent: 1242ft
Mud – Can be muddy in places around the river Dove and field paths after heavy rain
Cows – possibly
There are a few hills in this walk, one being short and steep, the other a more gradual ascent.
The walk will take just over 2 hours. Please note the walk will finish at approx 12.30-45 not at 14.30 as in the above description. Due to the overlap of walks today it has to say this to allow the entry.
LATE CANCELLATION POLICY: Coreconcept Nordic Walking has a late cancellation policy whereby full price will be paid for any walks cancelled within 12 hours of the start of the walk. Any refund will be at the discretion of Coreconcept and will be dependent on the cancelling client making contact with us before cancelling.