Bicycle ride via Tissington Trail & High Peak Trail to Parwich - Derbyshire Peak District cycling
A ride from Parsley Hey along the High Peak Trail to Gotham, then down a minor road to the pretty village of Parwich, returning by minor roads and the Tissington Trail to Parsley Hey.
Tissington Trail and Parwich
|Parsley Hey to Gotham route also described on these pages.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 |
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.
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.
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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