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    Litton Mill and Cressbrook Circular Walk

    Litton Mill and Cressbrook Circular

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    Walking the Litton Mill and Cressbrook Circular is a fun adventure in the Peak District that will allow you to explore a peaceful dale set in the Derbyshire countryside and take in some beautiful views of the surrounding farmland. While out on the trail, you will make your way along the winding River Wye and pass by the Litton Mill before heading into the Cressbrook Dale on your way to the Derbyshire Dales National nature Reserve. This is a quaint walk in a peaceful setting that can be enjoyed by walkers of most skill levels.

    Route Description for Litton Mill and Cressbrook Circular Walk

    The Litton Mill and Cressbrook Circular Walk passes through several areas featuring the sloped terrain that can frequently become muddy in wet weather. Make sure to wear proper walking/waterproof footwear to stay comfortable on the trail. There are also a few steep stretches that will require some uphill walking. Toilet facilities can be found near the car park where you begin the walk.

    Setting out from the car park, make your way south along the road and follow closely alongside Brook Head until the trail bends to the east and you meet up with the banks of the River Wye. Follow this east as you make your way past the Litton Mill and into the serene woodland atmosphere of the Cressbrook Dale. Continue along the river until you come to the Cressbrook Mill—at which point you will need to turn right at the road.

    Head north along the road until you pass by the Ravensdale cottages, and the route transitions into a proper trail. Follow this north through Cressbrook Dale as you navigate the forested paths and eventually enter into the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. From here, go west to climb uphill and make your way into the village of Litton.

    After passing through the charming village, follow along the road to the southwest to skirt around the vast stretches of farmland and arrive back at the trailhead where you began your walk.

    Other amazing walks in Peak District National Park

    Check out our guides to Kinder Scout, Mam Tor, Stanage Edge, Dovedale, and Padley Gorge. Or see all of our Peak District walks on 10Adventures.

    Getting to the Litton Mill and Cressbrook Circular Walk Trailhead

    To reach the car park for the Litton Mill and Cressbrook Circular Walk from Buxton, head southeast along Bakewell Road/A6 for 6.8 km and turn left onto B6049. Continue on for 4.8 km and you will find the car park on the right.

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      Older Children only

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