Five Dales from Monsal Head: 9 Miles Moderate
Monsal Head - Water-cum-Jolly - Litton Mill - Tideswell - Litton - Cressbrook - Monsal Head
Monsal Head with it's viaduct is the start point for this walk. Taking in five dales, in order - Water-cum Jolly, Millers, Tideswell, Tansley and Cressbrook, crossing Monsal Dale via the viaduct.
From Monsal Head descend to the viaduct and along the old railway track to Water-cum-Jolly. Here cross the river over a footbridge and follow the path through the dale. If the footpath is flooded and impassable,
as it often is in winter, there is an alternative route (marked on the map in blue) through Cressbrook.
Pass through Millers Dale and turn right along the way marked path through Tideswell Dale until reaching the village itself. Turn right just after the church, sign posted Litton. On the edge of Litton village a
path leads over fields and descends down into Tansley Dale.
Turn right along Cressbrook Dale crossing over the stepping stones and up onto the ridge. The path then drops down and crosses the stream near Ravensdale Cottages and back down through Cressbrook and past the
recently restored mill. The River Wye is crossed by a wide bridge returning along the Monsal Trail and back to Monsal Head.