Ashford in the Water, Monsal Dale and Great Shacklow Wood

A Ashford in the Water walk posted on 17/02/18 by P&MFletcher. Update : 05/03/18

A lovely walk from Ashford in the Water taking in a wide range of terrains including two dales, the River Wye and the Great Shacklow Wood. It's a good un!

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 5.76mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 673ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 650ft
Highest point Highest point : 817ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 466ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Ashford in the Water
Starting point Starting point : N 53.224682° / W 1.710131°
Download :
Great circular walk Weir and children playing Monsal Head Little Longstone Chapel

Description

(D) Depart from Ashford in the Water Car Park on Court Lane. Walk straight out the entrance and head towards Fennel Street past the post box in the wall. Turn right up Vicarage Road and proceed to the top of the hill and past the farm.
(1) At the finger post on the right take the footpath through the field. Go through the gate and cross the road to take the path opposite towards the barn at the bottom of the slope. Follow the path through another gate until reaching a stile at a lane. Cross the lane and go through the gate opposite and follow the track through the fields through two gates and over a stile until you reach the Monsal Trail. Turn left and then immediately cross the stile on the right towards Little Longstone. Follow the track through two gates until reaching the village.
(2) Turn left at the village and follow the road until you reach the Monsal Head Hotel. Pass the right of the pub and move to the finger post through a gap in the wall.
(3) At the finger post turn left towards Ashford/Monsal Dale and follow the path, after a short distance the path splits take the right fork and proceed though the woods. Crossing the river near the weir turn left and proceed along the river bank for 1.5km until you reach the A6.
(4) Cross the A6, go up the bank to the White Post car park. Take the path opposite between the sign and the rubbish bin towards Deep Dale (Diimin Dale). Follow the stream up Deep Dale until you reach a stile, (This part of the path can be a stream after wet weather, but it is easily passable). Cross the stile and proceed up the hill towards Ashford, at the next finger post turn left (Ashford/Sheldon) and continue into the woods.
(5) At the wall in the woods go through the gate and continue through the woods for 1.7km until you reach an old mill by the River Wye.
(6) At the old mill proceed along the path to the right for 900m until you reach the lane.
(7) Turn left down the lane, at the main road turn right and after 200m cross the road and over the bridge back to Ashford in the Water. Proceed straight up Fennel street and back to the car park

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Car Park in Ashford in the Water
1 : mi 0.31 - alt. mi 0.31 - Finger Post outside Ashford
2 : mi 1.45 - alt. mi 1.45 - Little Longstone
3 : mi 1.9 - alt. mi 1.9 - Monsal Head
4 : mi 3.48 - alt. mi 3.48 - White Post Car Park
5 : mi 3.83 - alt. mi 3.83 - Great Shacklow Wood
6 : mi 4.76 - alt. mi 4.76 - Disused Mill by the River Wye
7 : mi 5.31 - alt. mi 5.31 - Lane by the River Wye
D/A : mi 5.76 - alt. mi 5.76 - Car Park in Ashford

Useful Information

Toilet in Car Park at the beginning (Donate in the Honesty Box for parking and toilet)
Public Toilets at White Post Car Park
Public Houses in Ashford in the Water, Little Longstone and at Monsal Head
Nice cafes at Monsal Head (not open in the winter) and Ashford in the Water

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

During the walk or to do/see around

Lovely village of Ashford in the Water
Views from Monsal Head
Monsal Dale
Deep Dale
Great Shacklow Wood

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.6/5
Number of opinions : 14
Description quality : 4.43/5
Routemap quality : 4.86/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5


Walker
on Sat 08 Jun 2019 21:29:55 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 08/06/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Did this walk today. Rainy day but was still an enjoyable walk. Called at the Ashford café afterwards. Great coffee and cake selection


Walker
on Fri 10 May 2019 21:06:42 CEST

Hiya Pondskater, so glad to hear you enjoyed this walk. It is our favourite in these parts.


Walker
on Sat 04 May 2019 01:18:04 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 04/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

An awesome first walk after joining Hikideas. A day free of the kiddies my wife and I drove up from Rugby to have a good old yomp. The walk has so many points of interest we hardly noticed the drizzle! The river, flora and fauna were wonderful - if you haven't completed this one please do and don't forget your camera. The route instructions were very accurate and easy to follow and we had a wonderful day. Thanks for all the obvious hard work into researching these walks. We can't wait for the next one 😎


Walker
on Mon 04 Mar 2019 23:13:13 CET

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 04/03/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Thoroughly enjoyed this walk. A little muddy in places as we had heavy rain the night before, but sunshine for the majority of the walk. Enjoyed the view at Monsal Head & the walk alongside the river


Walker
on Tue 19 Feb 2019 15:03:12 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 17/02/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Lovely walk on a slightly overcast day but stayed dry. Directions were excellent and we also had the backup of the gpx viewer so would be very difficult to get lost. The footpath was flooded by the stream just after the A6 but it made it more fun getting through it (plenty of stones to walk on to navigate over it. It had been raining quite a bit these past few days). Can also recommend the sunday lunches at The Ashford Arms afterwards as was very tasty and a decent portion too. We arrived after 4pm and they were still able to serve us. A walk well worth trying out as you just can't go wrong with the Peak District.
The only very minor grumble we can make is that the walk didn't take us along the viaduct on the Monsal Trail (you could see it from above). It looked very good but gives us the opportunity to come back. Plus the idea of these walks I assume is to get away from the crowds and the Monsal Trail certainly had that!
Fully recommend this walk as it had a bit of everything.


Walker
on Mon 17 Sep 2018 09:57:30 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 17/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Pleasant stroll through open fields, nice villages, pleasant woods. Did this walk in high summer when there was no chance of mud. The sky was blue with little white puff ball clouds. We didn't encounter huge amounts of other walker on the route apart from the usual honeypot sites. There were lovely riverside strolls with children enjoying a cooling dip in the water.


Walker
on Mon 20 Aug 2018 10:57:05 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 20/08/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

The first time I have used this website but this walk was brilliant , I loved the variety from rolling fields to river walks then the mature woodland followed by the historic water mill. We will do it again different time of year


Walker
on Mon 25 Jun 2018 19:34:52 CEST

Global average : 2.67 / 5

Date of walk : 25/06/18
Description quality : Disappointing
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very disappointing

The first third of this had disappointing views of fields. The last two thirds had very little interest as this part was in woods, Ashford in the water is fantastic as a village. Just the sort of village on a chocolate box.

The descent from Monsal Dale is through a wood with no views and once over the bridge at the weir you are again in a wooded area with occasional wiew of the river,
The path in great shacklow wood is hard, with some difficult ascents, in places the path is not clear and in one place some scrambling is required. There is little wild life in this wood and no views.


Walker
on Wed 30 May 2018 22:33:11 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 28/05/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk' plenty of variety of terrain and views.


Walker
on Mon 28 May 2018 10:25:42 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 28/05/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good


A enjoyable walk, don't forget to take a picnic.


Walker
on Sun 20 May 2018 22:12:08 CEST

You are very welcome... glad to hear you enjoyed it


Walker
on Sat 19 May 2018 19:54:42 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 19/05/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A very good walk! Really enjoyed! The weather was nice and very impressive views! Thank you very much for posting this walk route!


Walker
on Sat 28 Apr 2018 14:35:35 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 24/04/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

Excellent instructions; route is well signposted except finger post just outside Ashford in the Water hidden by the overgrown hedge; we started in Little Longstone so last mile or so not the best for views - but view of Monsall Head was very good; route surprisingly dry - two weeks previously had been a mudbath in Monsal Dale.


Walker
on Sun 22 Apr 2018 21:52:54 CEST

It was flooded when we went too but we waded through all added to the fun


Walker
on Sun 22 Apr 2018 09:52:49 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 21/04/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Superb walk until the final section. Unfortunately just after crossing the A6 the footpath was flooded, beyond the car park and signposted “Deep Dale”, hardly surprising following recent very wet weather, but not easily passable at all. We retraced our steps to the car park then followed the A6 into Ashford, turning left into the village at the first left turn. (Beware, no pavement sling stretches of the A6, though.)
The views from Monsal Head are wonderful and the benches there were where we stopped for a picnic, although by the side of the river just after crossing the weir would have been equally lovely.
Thank you for suggesting this walk. We had a thoroughly good day.
PS We didn’t see dippers today, but yellowhamer and treecreeper were spotted.

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