Five of us set out for Tideswelldale on a fine Saturday morning to enjoy a walk through the White Peak. We started by following the river which was great apart from mud at Water-cum-Jollyday. Plenty for bird lovers and we made our first stop at Cressbrook for coffee. The break was spoilt however, by a local lady claiming we were on private land. Continued into Cressbrook hoping to see the well dressing but unfortunately we couldn’t locate the site so followed the path uphill through Cressbrook Nature Reserve. Emerging at the top of the vale is one of the ‘wow’ experiences of the Peak. Banks of orchids and fine views down to Tansley Dale provided us with the perfect place for our lunch stop.
From here we walked downhill into the village of Litton where we were pleased to find the village shop still thriving and selling the most delicious ice cream. After resting on the green to enjoy our ices we then continued through the village and a gentle walk along an avenue of tall trees to return to the car park. Everyone enjoyed a great day out and our thanks to Janet for organising and leading this walk.