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Alsop en le Dale, The Tissington Trail and Coldeaton Bridge

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Alsop en le Dale
4.00 Miles (6.40 Km)
OL24  1:25000
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Alsop en le Dale Station
(SK 1559 5490)
 
 
895 feet   (273 meters)
574 feet   (175 meters)
997 feet   (304 meters)
 
 
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Feb 5th 2013  Duration 2hrs 15m
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A peaceful walk from the former Alsop Station on the Tissington Trail down to the River Dove at Lode Mill. Then a stroll along the river bank, followed by an ascent of one of Derbyshire's less well trodden dry dales to re-join the Tissington Trail and return to Alsop Station. No step stiles on this walk but plenty of squeeze stiles along the way.

Getting There:

Alsop Station is locaed directly off the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton Road around five and a half miles to the north of Ashbourne. While no bus service to Alsop Station is available there is a service to Lode Mill which is on the route, for more information please visit the Derby Bus Info web site and search for the service 449 timetable.
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(Alsop Station)
These prices were correct at the time of visit.
(September 6th 2014)
 
    One Hour      1.50
    Four Hours    3.50
    All Day          4.50
 
Bridge over the River Dove at Lode Mill, Derbyshire

Bridge At Lode Mill

Coldeaton Bridge, Derbyshire

The River Dove At Coldeaton Bridge

The Walk:

Leave the car-park through the vehicle entrance and walk down the lane on the other side of the road. The A515 is a fairly busy road and the traffic flows quite quickly so please take care when crossing. Walk down the lane for around a quarter of a mile to a road junction, turn right and follow the road down to the river at Lode Mill. Just before the bridge take the path to the right and descend the short steep flight of stone steps before walking between the buildings and the river, after a short distance the path passes through a double squeeze stile and opens out to follow the course of the river upstream.

When first walked in February 2013 one grassy section of the path was partial flooded, but the path along this whole section of the walk alongside the river is broad enough for large puddles or muddy sections to be avoided. In the case of the flooded section I walked a yard or two to the right at the foot of a steep bank and passed by with ease.

Continue to follow the path beside the river passing two private foot bridges until Coldeaton Bridge and the small cabin nearby come into view. At the gated wall immediately before the building turn right and head up the dry dale away from the river. It is at this point that the walk begins to climb and becomes rather uneven under foot, keeping the wall to your left follow the path up the dale for just over three quarters of a mile. Along the way there are many free ranging sheep especially in the section where the dale becomes noticeably deeper ant the sides much steeper, so please keep any dogs on a lead along this ascent.

Once safely onto the lane turn ahead in the distance is a hill with a clump of trees around it's top and a trig point clearly visible just to the right, this is Aleck (or Elk) Low, the site of a megalithic round barrow. Turn right and walk up the lane to the bridge ahead where the Tissington Trail passed over the lane. Just before the bridge go through a gate and follow the path up to re-join the Tissington Trail. On reaching the trail turn right once more and follow the trail for just over a mile and a quarter back to the car park at Alsop Station and the end of the walk. This section is mostly atop embankments so can be a bit windy, there are also many picturesque views along the way, including one tot he right down into the dale through which the route passed earlier. Just before returning to the car-park the trail passes through a short tunnel under the A515, as the tunnel is at an angle to it's portals the brickwork of the roof does some odd curves at each end (should you be interested in such things).

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