Tideswell Dale, Miller’s Dale + Monsal Trail Walk | 7-Mile Route

River Wye and blue skies - Tideswell Dale + Miller's Dale walk

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Want to explore more of the Derbyshire Dales? This walk takes in some of the popular dales in the Wye Valley – Tideswell Dale and Miller’s Dale, as well as Water-cum-Jolly Dale and a small section of the Monsal Trail (mostly above it!)

From Tideswell car park, you begin the walk as a low-level walk through beautiful Tideswell Dale into Miller’s Dale, following the winding River Wye and limestone cliffs surrounding the dales. After a gentle start to the walk, you then hike up to the Monsal Trail where you join for a short section before then exploring the paths above the trail.

Since you’re walking above the Monsal Trail you also have wonderful views of Miller’s Dale and the River Wye below, eventually, you pick up the busy Monsal Trail for a short distance before descending back down to the River Wye and completing the walk back via Tideswell Dale.

Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk, parking options, map, route information, GPX file, plus a detailed step by step guide of the walk.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!

Tideswell Dale, Millers Dale + Monsal Trail from Tideswell

Views above Monsal Trail
Path above Monsal Trail near Litton Tunnel

Walk information

Walk type: Medium circular walk

Distance: 6.6 miles/10.6 km

Walk time: 3-3.5 hours

Total ascent: 481 m/1,578 ft

Highest point: 257 m/843 ft

Walk highlights: Tideswell Dale, River Wye, Millers Dale, views above Monsal Trail and Millers Dale

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Tidewell Dale + Millers Dale walk map

Tideswell Dale, Miller's Dale + Monsal Trail walk map
Tideswell Dale, Miller’s Dale + Monsal Trail walk map
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Walk start point

Tideswell Dale Car Park
Tideswell Dale Car Park

Start grid reference: SK 15402 74149

Car parking address: Tidewell Dale Car Park, Tideswell, Buxton, SK17 8QH

This car park has about 60 spaces, the charges apply between 9 am and 6 pm.

Parking Cost (Cash only, no change given)

Up to 1 hour £1.50
1-2 hours £2.50
2-4 hours £4.00
All day £4.75

There is another car park on the route, just before you cross the bridge up to the Monsal Trail (SK 17671 72182) but this only has a few spaces.

Public transport

Nearest train station: Buxton train station (8 mile/13 km). From the train station, it’s about 17 minutes on a no 65 bus that drops you close to the car park (Stagecoach buses)

Facilities on the walk

Public toilets at Tideswell Dale Car Park
Public toilets at Tideswell Dale Car Park

There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Tideswell Dale Car Park but no shops or other facilities.

Water on your walk – I recommend a filter water bottle for your Peak District walks, it saves you carrying extra weight and you can fill up safely and drink water from the streams on your walk.

Other useful information

When the water levels are high in the Wye Valley, normally in the winter months a small section of the path at Water-cum-Jolly Dale can become flooded, there is an alternative higher route; however, this results in this part of the path being particularly muddy.

Muddy path
Muddy path by the River Wye

The paths on the route above the Monsal Trail are narrow and in places, it takes you along a steep hill which can seem exposed if you’re not used to walking along paths like that. If you’d rather not do then you can skip this section and keep on the Monsal Trail instead. However, the Monsal Trail is very popular so best to avoid if you prefer a quieter walk.

Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid on Monsal Trail

On the Monsal Trail look for the Common Spotted Orchids, mostly in June and July.

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Ordnance Survey Walk Map

The map required for this walk is OL24 – Peak District (White Peak Area). Check prices here with Ordnance Survey or Amazon.

And don’t forget your compass, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass

For online maps, you can get via OS Online App or Viewranger App.

Check prices here for the one month or yearly option with OS Online App. 


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Tideswell Dale + Miller’s Dale walk route

Stage 1 – Tideswell Dale Car Park to Miller’s Dale

Distance: 1.3 miles/2 km

Grid reference SK 15399 74163

Start your Tideswell walk from the car park head south path the toilet block through a gate, onto the path, follow this path along the stream keeping on the flat, at one point the path splits (near the wood carving of the water vole) but it rejoins again a few hundred metres so pick whichever path.

Path and trees
Paths through Tideswell Dale

It will then bring you out on a small road, with a few houses on the left, walk past these and you’ll reach two stone pillars, this is a concession footpath that takes you through private residents so keep to the route. You’ll then cross a bridge over the River Wye which brings you out at Miller’s Dale.

Stone pillars
Concession footpath into Miller’s Dale

Stage 2 – Miller’s Dale to Monsal Trail

Distance: 1.9 mile/3 km

Grid reference SK 16141 72943

Follow the path through Miller’s Dale as it follows the River Wye in Derbyshire and gradually gets wider as you walk along the path. As you walk along you’ll notice the path gets lower to the water level (as per the note above there’s a higher path if this is flooded), from here it’s also quite muddy in places.

Miller's Dale
Walking through Miller’s Dale

At the end, follow the path, past the black railings and out onto the road. Turn right here and follow the road down to a crossroads, turn right here and across the bridge then take the path as it heads uphill. Walk uphill until you see a rocky footpath on the left, turn here, through the gate and it will bring you out on the Monsal Trail.

Signpost on Monsal Trail

Stage 3 – Monsal Trail to (back on) Monsal Trail

Distance: 1.7 miles/2.7 km

Grid reference SK 17890 71908

Turn left on the Monsal Trail following the signpost to Wye Dale. Walk down the trail and just before you reach the Cressbrook Tunnel take the footpath on the right heading off the trail. Walk down here then when the path splits, take the left-hand path heading uphill.

Signpost near Cressbrook Tunnel
Signpost near Cressbrook Tunnel

This is a narrow path that skirts around the edge of the hills, with views to your right of Cressbrook Hall and below you’ll see the Monsal Trail path and the Litton Tunnel, continue walking, over a wooden stile and then round the path. You’ll go past a few small caves too.

From here, there’s a path down to the Monsal Trail, keep on the higher path until it splits again, one path leads uphill through the field, keep to the lower path, over a stile and follow this until you pick up the Monsal Trail.

Views from upper path
Views of the Wye Valley from above

Stage 4 – Monsal Trail to Tideswell Dale

Distance: 1.9 miles/3 km

Grid reference SK 15947 72933

Back on the Monsal Trail for about 1 km, this is where I saw the Common Spotted Orchids! Walk until you see a signpost for Ravenstor, turn right here and follow the rocky stone path downhill to the footbridge over the River Wye. Cross the bridge and turn right onto the footpath.

Footbridge and green plants and trees
Footbridge across River Wye

Walk along the footpath for about 600 metres, then be careful not to walk past your turning. The path is signposted to Tideswell Dale and is just past a small parking area. Turn sharp left here and you’re back on the same footpath that you started on. Walk back along here to Tideswell Dale Car Park.

Let me know if you have any questions for this walk in the comments below.

Other options for this walk

Shorten the walk

If you’d prefer not to do extra ascent and descent with the section below and above the Monsal Trail you can stay on the trail for 3.2 km instead. The route off the trail is only 0.6 km longer but of course, the Monsal Trail is completely flat!

Note – This walk was initially planned to cross the bridge at Water-cum-Jolly Dale to pick up the footpath on the opposite side above the Monsal Trail. This bridge is currently closed until further notice, which is why the route picks up the Monsal Trail further down (in case you were looking at ways to shorten the route here).

More walks in the Peak District

Want to try more of the Derbyshire Dales walks in the Peak District? You might like these routes nearby from Miller’s Dale and Hartington

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