From the former railway station the route follows the Tissington Trail along what once was the railway trackbed. After crossing the bridge over the A515 it enters a cutting where a nature reserve has been established.
On leaving the trail the walk continues across the fields before descending gently to Fenny Bentley. The church contains the tomb of Thomas and Agnes Beresford and round the base their 21 children are remembered. On the opposite side of the road, stands Cherry Orchard Farm originally the home of the Beresford family. In the 15th century, it was a moated manor house known as Bentley Old Hall and is unique in Derbyshire with its square tower and defensive slit openings in the walls.
The route then rises steadily through meadowland past Bassett Wood Farm and back to explore the picturesque village of Tissington.
Start/finish: Tissington Trail Car Park, once the site of the village railway station.
Location: Off A515 from Ashbourne (3.5 miles) to Buxton, signed ‘Tissington’. Go through the village past the pond and turn right to the Trail Car Park.
Terrain: A fairly easy walk. Wet underfoot in places.
1. From the car park follow the trail to the right towards Ashbourne for one and a quarter miles.
2. About 100 yards past the end of the large car park, at what used to be the site of Thorpe Railway Station, take the path to the left signed ‘Fenny Bentley’.
3. Head down the field keeping slightly to the left to cross a small bridge over a stream. Continue up the next field to cross a stile in the fence near the right hand corner.
4. Keep close to the hedge on your right and after crossing a stile head for the bottom left hand corner of the next field leading to a fenced path on the outskirts of Fenny Bentley.
5. On reaching a lane turn left and walk towards the church, go through the churchyard to the A515.
6. Cross the busy main road with care and walk to the right for a few yards before reaching a footpath sign for ‘Tissington’ (The Coach and Horses can be seen further down the road).
7. Turn left up the lane forking to the right in about 40 yards, after passing the last house in the row angle to the left across the field.
8. Aim just to the right of the small side field and then with the hedge on your left walk to the stile in the top left-hand corner.
9. Once over the stile bend to the left and follow the hedge across the field to a stile. In the next field head for a stile just to the right of the field gate.
10. Keeping slightly to the left of Bassett Wood Farm - where excellent refreshments may be obtained - the farm lane is reached after the next stile.
11. Follow the farm lane to the right and after passing the entrance to the trekking centre, when the wire fence on the left gives way to a hedge go over a stile on that side.
12. Keeping close to the hedge on the left cross the field before going diagonally across the next field to a stile in the far right corner.
13. A short field track to the left leads to a tarmac road where by turning left Tissington is soon reached.
14. The starting point of the walk is passed as an exploration of the village commences.
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PLACES OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY
Tissington Hall (Tel. 01335 352200) a fine Jacobean Manor House in the heart of the village. Open to the public for guided tours (see the Tissington Feature).
Ilam Village with its alpine style cottages and close proximity to Dovedale makes it a very popular attraction. The National Trust grounds and country park of Ilam Hall are open to the public.
Ashbourne is one of Derbyshire’s finest towns, with a wealth of Georgian architecture. The triangular cobbled Market Place holds markets twice per week on Thursday and Saturday.
The Coach and Horses, Fenny Bentley (Tel. 01335 350246) charming 16th century pub, with beamed ceiling, stone flagged floors and a coal fire in winter. Meals served at lunchtimes and in the evenings during the week and all day at the weekend.
Bassett Wood Farm (Tel. 01335 350254) situated in a lovely countryside setting, morning coffee and afternoon teas are served daily in the summer. Please telephone to confirm or visit website. The Pets Paddock is an added bonus.
The Old Coach House (Tel. 01335 350501) Award winning tea rooms in the beautifully renovated Coach House to Tissington Hall. Please telephone for details or visit website.
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Tissington is one of the prettiest and most unspoilt villages not only in Derbyshire but in the whole of the country.
An avenue of 200 year old lime trees, immediately creates an air of expectancy. Surprisingly this fine approach does not lead directly to Tissington Hall, but the village itself.
Neat well tended gardens and limestone cottages, behind wide grass verges and backed by mature trees, give a feeling of peace and tranquillity. No planner designed it; the beauty of the village is the result of evolution.
Tissington is known as the mother place of well dressing and visitors come from all over the world to witness the annual well dressing ceremony. This takes place on Ascension Day, when five attractive wells are dressed together with a children’s well.
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