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Parwich must rank as one of the most attractive villages in the southern part of the Peak District, but not being on the main route to anywhere, remains relatively undiscovered. It is situated in wonderful walking country as this short walk attests.


After crossing a series of fields, the walk descends steadily to the Blatch Brook, before climbing up quite steeply to join the Tissington Trail. More fields are crossed on the route to Tissington, before a lane is reached leading into the village.


Tissington is one of the prettiest and most unspoilt villages not only in Derbyshire but the whole of the country. Neat, well-tended gardens and limestone cottages behind grass verges are backed by mature trees. A beautiful well proportioned hall, an impressive looking church and a much photographed duck pond make up the idyllic scene.


The Tissington Trail is rejoined at the old railway station and followed for a short distance, before heading across the fields towards Parwich. The views at this point are excellent and the short walk back to Parwich very enjoyable, if a little hilly.






Length:   4 miles.


Start/finish:   Park carefully on eastern side of the village.


Location:   Situated between the A515 Ashbourne to Buxton road and the B5056.


Terrain:   Steady ascents and descents from the Blatch Brook. Muddy patches.   





1.      Walk along the road towards Alsop en le Dale and turn left through a gate stile by the entrance to Brook Close Farm.


2.      After going through another gate stile into a field, keep straight on for a short distance before angling to the left towards a stile in the middle of the fence opposite.


3.      Head up to the top right hand corner of the next field and turn right onto a tree-lined track, which you follow for 40 yards before going over a stile and turning sharp left.


4.      Continue close to the hedge on the left, before, as you drop down towards the bottom of the valley turning to the right to go through a cluster of thorn bushes to cross a footbridge on the far side of the field.


5.      Turn left and then at the bottom of the field cross the footbridge over the Blatch Brook.


6.      Walk straight up a long field before coming to a short steep section where the path zigzags before reaching a stile by a metal gate in the top left hand corner.


7.      Go diagonally to the right across the next field to a stile, which leads onto a bridge that crosses the Tissington Trail. Do not cross the bridge, but turn sharp left alongside the wall to gain access to the trail.


8.      Turn back up the trail for 500 yards before going left at a footpath sign for ‘Tissington’.


9.      Cross the first field heading towards the top right hand corner. Then keeping close to the wall on the right continue along a series of walled farm tracks and open fields before eventually turning left along a road into Tissington.


10.  Continue straight on along the road past Tissington Hall, until where the road forks by the church, go to the left. Shortly after passing the village pond, turn right into Tissington Trail Car Park.


11.  Head up the trail from the car park for 800 yards, then just before reaching a bridge across the trail, walk up the ramp on the left and turn right along a track over the bridge.


12.  Follow the track towards Shaw’s Farm, until a few yards after it has bent to the left, turn right at a finger post sign and head straight down the field to a stile.


13.  Continue in the same direction down two further fields and cross a footbridge over the Blatch Brook.


14.  Climb up the next field passing close to an electricity pole on the left to a stile. In the next two fields, maintain the same direction with the hedge close on the left.


15.  Drop down the next field to a stile 20 yards in from the bottom left hand corner. Here you turn left and follow a clear path back to Parwich and the start of the walk.



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Tissington Hall (Tel 01335 352200) a fine Jacobean Manor House in the heart of the village, that has been the home of the FitzHerbert family for 500 years. Please telephone for details or visit website. 


Ashbourne is one of Derbyshire’s finest towns, with a wealth of Georgian architecture. The triangular cobbled Market Place holds markets twice per week on Thursday and Saturday.


Roystone Grange: here evidence has been found of occupation in Roman times by native hill farmers. A field system of that period can be seen by following the trail that has been set up. Another farm was established here at the time of the Norman Conquest and was later given to a Cistercian Abbey and developed as a sheep farm.





Sycamore Inn (Tel 01335 390212) situated in an attractive location on the eastern side of Parwich, this little pub is an excellent example of a traditional village public house. There is a large open fireplace in the main bar, a small dining room and a games room. Plenty of seating outside. Traditional food served lunchtime and evenings.


The Old Coach House (Tel 01335 350501) award winning tea rooms in the beautifully renovated Coach House to Tissington Hall. Morning coffee, lunch and teas served. Please telephone for details or visit website.




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Apart from walkers who come to explore the network of footpaths that pass through Parwich, not many visitors to Derbyshire discover one of the prettiest villages in the county.


Situated on the edge of the Peak District, Parwich is not on any of the main routes through the area and as a result does not suffer from excessive traffic noise, as do so many other villages. Its neat limestone houses of various shapes and sizes stand in picture postcard fashion along winding lanes and narrow ginnels.


In the summer, the cottages with their attractive gardens, window boxes and hanging baskets provide a vivid splash of colour against the green background of the steeply rising hillside.


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