Wheel Friendly Walk in Tideswell Dale, Peak District

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Tideswell is a typical Peak District village with a few quaint shops and a magnificent church, which is known as the “Cathedral of the Peak”. If you have time it is worth following the town trail, which is very informative and gives the history of the village.

We began our day with coffee at The George in Tideswell. I was able to get into the pub in my wheelchair but there are no accessible toilets inside. The George serves good pub grub too which is always useful to know.

However, our walk for the day begins at the Pay and Display carpark at Tideswell Dale. (Free to blue bade holders). There are toilets here too (RADAR) and the footpath is clearly marked towards Miller Dale. The path meanders along the river, where there are picnic benches and seating along the route.
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Watch out for some of the lovely sculpture along the way.

There are picnic tables and one next to the footpath which is accessible to wheelchair users.
A little along the way the path splits into two so take the right hand track. There are a couple of gates to go through but both are very accessible. The walk is very peaceful and there is an abundance of wildlife to watch out for. This track brings you out on to a quiet road in Millers Dale and the route takes you left to Litton Mill.

The Mill was built in 1782 by local farmers Ellis Needham and Thomas Frith. It became notorious due to its use of child labour. It was here that Robert Blincoe arrived as a child from a London poorhouse. He wrote about the cruelty and terrible treatment of the mill workers. The mill had a very bad reputation – children entered the mill never to be seen again. Litton Mill has been converted to residential apartments in recent years and still remains a stunning relic of the Industrial revolution.

Important note **After you pass through the mill yard you pick up the concessionary path which runs alongside the River Wye. It is worth noting that this path is prone to flooding in wet weather. On the day we travelled through, the path was very muddy in sections and this could prove difficult for a manual chair user. **

The path follows the river right through to Cressbrook Mill, past the limestone cliff, a popular spot for the rock climbers. William Newton, probably better known as the ‘Minstrel of the Peak’, was the manager of the Cresswell Mill and showed much greater compassion for his workers than at Litton Mill. He built a school and a row of latticed windowed cottages that look down on the mill.

Our path continued over the bridge and out onto the road. A little further along the road is a carpark, where our lift was waiting for us to take us up to the top of Monsal Head for an ice cream.

The ice cream van has been parked at Monsal head for several years. I would visit there as a little girl with my grandparents – which is at least 50 years ago!

Unfortunately, the pub at the top is not wheelchair accessible but the views from here are amazing and well worth a visit.

Carpark: Pay and Display at Tideswell Dale (Free to blue badge holders).