Whether you are a hectic hiker, an intrepid trekker, a regular rambler, a pub walker, a family stroller or even a toddler, a stay at The Merchant’s Yard will not disappoint.
The Limestone Way, the longest signed footpath within the Peak District, is easily accessible from here, as is the Pennine Bridleway and the National Trail, the longest bridleway in the Peak District which links Derbyshire and the South Pennines. If you wish, when you arrive you can forget your car keys and enjoy, from your doorstep, the best of limestone walking, whether over peaks or through dales. There are circular routes for all ages and abilities. An extensive array of guide books are available for loan and if you have a specific idea in mind of the sort of route you’re after please speak to our team.
Tideswell is also within a mile stroll of two national nature reserves at Hay Dale and Monk’s Dale, two separate limestone dales which showcase the best of limestone flora and fauna. (www.english-nature.org.uk).
Try nearby Litton, a wonderful starting point for some beautiful walks through hills, woods, river valleys and meadows.
Take a short walk with views north towards Eyam Edge and the Hope Valley beyond and south over the village and towards Cressbrook and the Wye Valley.
Walk to the east end of the village over a few stiles and you're in the amazing orchid-filled Tansley Dale, part of the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve. Take the path past the old lead mine shafts and then follow the winter stream south into the most mysterious Ravensdale with its amazing litchen-clad woods.
Walk on to Cressbrook Dale and see Cressbrook Mill - once owned by Henry Newton's father William. Turn right along the river to find Henry's own Litton Mill, or turn left and walk the trout stream all the way to the spectacular Monsal Head and Monsal Dale.
The Peak District was the birthplace of free access for ramblers and offers the opportunity for endurance marathons. Experienced walkers enjoy the challenge of the first stretch of the Pennine Way, from its start at the moorland village of Edale to the summit and plateaux of Kinder Scout and Bleaklow.