Lea Riber Tansley

A good mixed terrain walk with great views. The early footpath rising through the woods was not well used so poorly defined.

Technical sheet
No. 937666
A Cromford walk posted on 19/01/18 by Summiter. Update : 21/02/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h15[?]
Distance Distance : 11.39km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 342m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 340m
Highest point Highest point : 279m
Lowest point Lowest point : 83m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Cromford
Starting point Starting point : N 53.10104° / W 1.531405°
Download : -


(D) Start is at car park on Lea road where the road bends to follow River Derwent. Walk up the road towards Lea Bridge.

(1) Opposite the Mill car park follow the footpath sign up the lane behind Mill. Lane becomes footpath and passes left of Splash Farm buildings. Path rises through woods quite meandering and indistinct at first.

(2) Path soon improves and continues to rise eventually following edge of escarpment to Bilberry Knoll. Soon after catching first glimpse of Riber Castle ahead the path begins to descend to Heartstone Farm. Pass through buildings and take footpath on right alongside last buildings.

(3) Soon join Carr Lane. Turn left then right onto Riber Road. In 200m take footpath on right towards Tansley. Keep straight forward toward Tansley until shortly before Daisy Bank farm where you fork left downhill to the main Matlock road.

(4) Immediately turn sharp left up lane behind houses. Carry on to Hilltop farm and drop down hill on footpath to left passing the farm buildings.

(5) At end of third field turn sharply back up hill in fourth field to enter woods. Follow path up hill through woods until you are traversing the hillside below a wall.

(6) An obvious path through wall is taken shortly after passing first house in Riber. Follow road previously walked in opposite direction and continue past Riber Castle.

(7) At left turn to Heartstone Farm enter lane and quickly take footpath to right with views Matlock Bath and Abraham's Heights. Cross fields and over stile to follow footpath down bank side eventually to a road.

(8) Turn left for 150m and take footpath on left behind houses (easily missed). Follow footpath through pretty woods and eventually descend to farm track.

(9) Follow for 100m before forking right on footpath and shortly enter woods. Leave woods and continue along bankside until joining road.

(10) Follow road until joining footpath on right below houses on left.

(11) Follow footpath through woodland and don't deviate until you join the road at Lea Bridge opposite the Mill car park. Turn right down Mill Lane to return to car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 84m - Lea Road car park
1 : km 0.47 - alt. 96m - Take lane behind mill
2 : km 2.57 - alt. 279m - Bilberry Knoll
3 : km 3.67 - alt. 244m - Left on Carr Lane
4 : km 5.16 - alt. 165m - Sharp left behind houses
5 : km 6.01 - alt. 174m - Turn sharply back uphill
6 : km 6.55 - alt. 243m - Turn left along path
7 : km 7.33 - alt. 250m - Turn left along lane
8 : km 8.18 - alt. 161m - Turn left on road
9 : km 8.74 - alt. 134m - Join farm track for 100m
10 : km 9.64 - alt. 113m - Turn left along road
11 : km 9.91 - alt. 137m - Turn right along path into woodland
D/A : km 11.39 - alt. 83m - Lea Road car park

Useful Information

Muddy in places so choose a dry spell.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.93/5
Number of opinions : 5
Description quality : 4.2/5
Routemap quality : 3.4/5
Walk interest : 4.2/5

on Mon 27 Jul 2020 11:29:13 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 27/07/20
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

Had a lovely walk with some fantastic scenery, however some of the directions were very confusing and not clear, we took some wrong turns due to this confusion, and missed some vital turns, which meant we had to back track a few times and need up finishing in the wrong location and added another mile and half to the walk.
But over all had a fantastic day, so not too disappointed.

on Mon 04 Nov 2019 09:32:19 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 04/11/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

The walk up through the woods was very muddy and slippy. A decent pair of boots is needed after rain.
The pub Tansley is now a restaurant so only open evenings. However there is a pub further into the village apparently.
Rather that walk the final leg through more mud we went via Cromford Wharf where excellent tea and cakes are available.

on Mon 24 Jun 2019 13:27:26 CEST

Thanks for the feedback, good information.

on Mon 24 Jun 2019 13:03:04 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 24/06/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

As we were staying at Allen Lane, Tansley we walked down into Tansley and picked up the route there, making it a 10 mile walk. The directions were fairly comprehensive, although it is essential to have a good map as there were quite a few instances where you emerge onto a road or track and are told to follow it but not whether to go left or right. However it was an excellent walk with good views of Riber Castle.

on Sat 01 Jun 2019 15:12:59 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 01/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Very good

Directions were confusing in places but otherwise a great walk!!

on Tue 30 Oct 2018 22:35:49 CET

Glad to hear you're enjoying the walks!

on Mon 22 Oct 2018 09:52:01 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 22/10/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Been doing your walks now for about six months. All have been fantastic. New to walking really enjoyed our new hobby. Can't wait for the next one.

Other walks in the area

distance 8.3km Vertical gain +200m Vertical drop -198m Durée 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Winster - Derbyshire

Nice, easy fine weather walk starting from the beautiful village of Winster. Lovely views as you travel through different terrains.

distance 12.14km Vertical gain +297m Vertical drop -301m Durée 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Edensor - Derbyshire

Really lovely varied walk starting at Calton Lees and climbing up to Calton Pastures with great views over the surrounding area of Bakewell and Chatsworth House. After passing the house climb through Stand Wood and return to the car park via Beeley.

distance 13.55km Vertical gain +177m Vertical drop -177m Durée 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Youlgreave - Derbyshire

Lathkill Dale offers a variety of landscapes and this Peak District walk enables you to see this wonderful limestone dale at its best.

distance 12.79km Vertical gain +165m Vertical drop -166m Durée 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Youlgreave - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that traverses pretty Lathkill and Bradford Dales. The walk also includes a section of the Limestone Way.

distance 9.56km Vertical gain +167m Vertical drop -169m Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Youlgreave - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk provides a shorter route for visiting Lathkill and Bradford Dales.

distance 10.85km Vertical gain +94m Vertical drop -94m Durée 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ault Hucknall - Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall offers many different walking paths.
This particular walk is a good introduction to both the hall and the Rowthorne and Teversal Trails. Lovely walk through different landscapes, relatively flat and easy going except for the hill in Hardwick There are several variations incorporating other routes including Pleasley Country Park.

Chatsworth House walk
distance 4.91km Vertical gain +22m Vertical drop -22m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Baslow and Bubnell - Derbyshire

Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.

distance 20.64km Vertical gain +263m Vertical drop -263m Durée 6h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Baslow and Bubnell - Derbyshire

This is a varied walk skirting the Chatsworth Estate through woods and moorland.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.