Pilsbury Castle is the main objective on this Peak District walk from bustling Hartington. Including White Peak scenery alongside the upper section of the River Dove this walk includes both Derbsyhire and Staffordshire sides of the Dove Valley.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) This walk starts from the pond located in the centre of the village (grid ref. SK 128605). Parking can be hard to find on busy days but usually on-street spaces are available. From the pond head north up Dig Street. Just after this road bends right, fork right up the green Wallpit lane to join Hide Lane. Turn left and continue north on this road. Pass the signed footpath on your left (grid ref. SK 130613) and continue down the lane, passing the farm on your left and through the gate. Keep following this lane. On this section there is a small limestone pavement, which is a rarity in the Peak District. Passing the remains of former mine workings you descend into a side valley to reach a junction of paths (grid ref. SK 124634) where you turn left.
(1) Reaching a road, cross straight over and continue on the waymarked path to reach the remains of Pilsbury Castle. This Norman motte and bailey earthwork is in a pleasant position with an excellent view north along the River Dove to Chrome and Parkhouse Hills. If you are in need of refreshment then about a mile and a half north on well-marked footpath is the village of Crowdecote where the Packhorse Inn offers a warm welcome. If you take this option then you need to retrace your steps back to Pilsbury before continuing with the remainder of the walk.
From the Castle head south along the farm track to the road and continue down through the hamlet of Pilsbury. Turn right to reach the footbridge over the River Dove (grid ref. SK 115634) and cross from Derbyshire into Staffordshire. A green lane is followed for about 150 metres before crossing the first stile on your left. The onward path climbs quite steeply across pastures to reach a minor road near the mock castle on Sheen Hill. Turn left along the lane to reach Harris Close Farm where a well-marked path leaves the lane to cross a number of fields before descending along the edge of a small conifer plantation to a gate and stile. Cross this stile and follow the path over the Dove to reach the Hartington Cheese factory. Turn left along the road to return to the start of the walk(D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 232m
1 : km 3.53 - alt. 308m - Cross straight over the road
D/A : km 7.85 - alt. 231m
The village of Hartington is a popular place for visitors with its many cafes, pubs, shops and cheese factory. Its proximity to the River Dove and the most dramatic portion of Dovedale give the village extra importance in the eyes of many walkers and the paths south from the village can be very busy on fine days as everyone heads for Beresford Dale.
Please note that there are quite a number of stiles to negotiate on this walk, so if you are walking with dogs you may have to be prepared to lift them. Dogs will also have to be kept on leads as there is a lot of livestock along the way.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Global average : 3.58/5
Number of opinions : 4
Description quality : 3.5/5
Routemap quality : 3.75/5
Walk interest : 3.5/5
Global average : 2.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Average
We did actually manage to find Wallpit Lane despite it not being named, we took a chance and emerged on what we assumed (correctly) to be Shady Lane. However the next bit was a complete disaster as your route amendment, following a previous comment, was to 'pass the signed footpath on your left and continue down the lane'. What lane are you talking about? As we were on Shady Lane we assumed we continued along Shady Lane but eventually realised this was completely wrong and we eventually had to find a further footpath at SK 135625 to cut back across and join the original route further along. This added a kilometre to the walk.
The next problem was that the route describes reaching a road, crossing it and continue on the waymarked path to the remains of Pilsbury castle. The path is not marked as heading there, it's marked to Crowdicote. As the accompanying map shows a red highlighted route which doesn't head towards the castle but rather turns left onto the road into Pilsbury, we lost faith and never reached the castle remains but turned back and followed the highlighted route along the road into Pilsbury hamlet. It's not helped by the fact you could see some castle remains away to your left which you assume is Pilsbury but I now believe is the mock castle on Sheen Hill. Very confusing.
The second half of the walk was easier to follow and had lovely views.
Now that I've also read the previous comments about irate farmers and blocked paths I'm not sure this walk is really worth bothering with. It also takes a lot longer than stated especially with all the confusing directions.
Global average : 3.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Average
Bad start as directions are not good esp when it’s pouring down and cold . There are no street signs to follow initially. Never mind we found the beginning and it all went to plan. Outward walk is ok but a little feature;ess. The views coming back are much better. It’s a good easy walk but nearer 10 k than the distance given. Worth a stroll .
Many thanks, we have made your suggested changes to the walk description Best wishes, Sarita
Turn left and continue north on this road
++to reach a signed footpath on your left (grid ref. SK 130613). The onward route from here is straightforward crossing fields as you traverse the flanks of Carder Low.
Change the above piece marked to say pass the signed footpath on your left and continue down the lane, passing the farm on your left and through the gate. Keep following this lane.
Many thanks for your feedback on this walk. We have added your comment about dogs and stiles to the walk description. Could you please suggest to us how we can rephrase the initial part around the farm where the footpath is inaccessible, to make sure that the walk description is accurate for future walkers?
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good
We enjoyed this walk very much but please note the following instruction: '... a signed footpath on your left (grid ref. SK 130613). The onward route from here is straightforward crossing fields as you traverse the flanks of Carder Low.' The signed footpath on your left is inaccessible and we were accosted by a fairly indignant farmer that we entered the field marked with the sign! There is no through route out of the field as blocked off by a fence and the farmer told us the other end is overgrown with nettles. Therefore ignore the signed footpath over the field and carry on down the farm track past the farm and through the gate. You can stay on this track and avoid the footpath bringing you out at the right place anyway. We were a bit disconcerted that the footpath is still signed but not accessible. The farmer's annoyance would be prevented had there been a sign to say: footpath not accessible, please continue down the lane.
Apart from that small hiccough the route was very picturesque and enjoyable. There are quite a number of stiles to negotiate and we had to lift our dogs over many of them as there were no dog latches. There could be a note on the walk instructions to that effect - if you are walking with dogs which maybe wont be able to clamber over the stiles you will have to be prepared to lift them and they have to be kept on leads as there is a lot of livestock.
Global average : 4 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good
The group of friends ( ages 60 - 84 ), loved the walk, stunning 360 degree scenery. The only complaint was the number of stiles which, because of being a group of 10 negotiating the stiles made the walk take a longer time than anticipated.
Would recommend this walk to anyone.
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