138 Alstonefield

Alstonefield is one of the prettiest villages in Staffordshire, but with its springtime display of snowdrops, then daffodils, it is magnificent. A track, also lined with snowdrops and daffodils, leads to Stanshope then you descend through Hall Dale into Dovedale where tempting caves, limestone cliffs and rocky pinnacles are hidden among ash woodland beside the sparkling river. Once daffodils were as common in the wild as they are now in the garden, but at Alstonefield the gardens are escaping back into the countryside.

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LOCATION: Peak District, three miles south of Hartington
START: Alstonefield car park by toilets
Grid ref: SK131555 Postcode: DE6 2FX
DISTANCE: 7 miles
GRADE: Moderate with a steep, stepped climb
TIME: 3.5 hours
MAP: Outdoor Leisure - White Peak Landranger 119
REFRESHMENTS: Polly's Cottage, The George
EN ROUTE: Izaac Walton, Viators Bridge, Ilam Rock, Pickering Tor, Dove Holes, Stanshope, Milldale, Gypsy Bank

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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