Tissington Trail and Parwich


Route Info
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Difficulty level: 2  (1 to 5 scale)
Distance: 24.00 km
Estimated time: 2.5 hours - excluding stops
Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 map sheet(s): 119
See start location on Streetmap

This cycle ride is a pleasant and not too strenuous outing along the High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail, connected by minor roads and taking in the pretty village of Parwich. Essentially, this route is a longer version of the Parsley Hey to Gotham route also described on these pages.

Start from Parsley Hey on the Tissington Trail. Cycle hire is available here. Set off southwards down the trail and, after a few hundred metres, where it forks, take the left fork to follow the High Peak Trail.

On the High Peak Trail near Minninglow
On the High Peak Trail near Minninglow
Continue along the High Peak Trail, noting the gradual development of Long Dale on your left and passing behind DSF Refractories at Friden, where there are some interesting information panels about the history of brick making there. Cross the bridge over the Newhaven to Youlgrave road and then cross with care the busy main road (A5012). Continue along the winding path of the High Peak Trail until you reach the former Gotham Station, where there is a picnic spot and a car park. Leave the trail at this point, turning right and then left out of the car park to take the narrow road which passes north-south through the station, heading southwards.

It is possible to reach Parwich quite easily by continuing along this road for a distance of 3.5 km (2.2 miles), but it is more interesting to turn left after only 400 metres, at a cross roads. Head along this road in the direction of Minninglow (a famous local Neolithic burial site), seen on the horizon ahead, but turn turn right after only 500 metres to follow a private road down a dale which takes you to Roystone Grange. This is a former medieval sheep ranch, but Roman remains have been found here also, and with Minninglow nearby it is clear this place has been inhabited by humans for several thousand years.

Continue along the road between the buildings of Roystone Grange and a little lower down you spot an odd building which looks like a church. This is actually a former pumping station, but behind and above it there are the foundations of the medieval grange and the pumping station building has an interesting information board which gives details of the history.

The road now descends down a really pretty limestone valley. Unfortunately the lower part of this is a bit of a fraud because the right-hand side is mostly just a facade which hides the huge Ballidon Quarry - one of the largest limestone quarries in the area. This isn't initially very obvious - just a few signs warning of blasting - but gradually the signs of the quarry become unmistakeable, and eventually you emerge at the quarry buildings and entrance, where the road suddenly widens from a narrow track to a road wide enough for two large lorries to pass.

Parwich cottages
Parwich cottages
Carry on downhill through the village of Ballidon, after which the countryside opens out into a broad plain. The road continues to a T junction, where you should turn right to take the road which winds into Parwich. Follow this road into the village, which has shops and a pub and so is a good place for a rest and refreshment.

Leaving Parwich, starting from the church, take the main street through the village heading north-west. Continue on to the telephone box ignoring left turns and continue along the road signposted to Newhaven and Buxton. This zig-zags right and then left before winding its way up out of the village past farms called Foufinside and Dale End.

The road climbs steadily (remember that you descended into Parwich? - you are paying for this now!) up a tree-lined dale which finally opens out at White Cliffe Farm. Soon after it turns left to eventually make a junction with the main A515 road near Bigginmoor Farm. The road is very fast and busy, so cross with care, turning right and continuing 200 metres up the road to the farm, where a minor road leaves the A515.

Turn left onto the minor road and follow it for 400 metres to the point where it is crossed by the Tissington Trail. Join the Trail, turning right to follow it back to Parsley Hey.

See start location on Streetmap.co.uk

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Tissington Trail and Parwich Photo Gallery - click on the images to enlarge- Click Here for a slide show
High Peak Trail near Minninglow
0 - High Peak Trail near Minninglow
Minninglow cist
1 - Minninglow cist
Parwich house
2 - Parwich house
Parwich public house
3 - Parwich public house
Parwich duckpond
4 - Parwich duckpond

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