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Cressbrook Dale woodland walk (1.8 km circular)

Cressbrook Dale woodland walk (1.8 km circular)

This Cressbrook Dale walk is a walk to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day. One of those days when you’ve tried to stay indoors, but everyone is bouncing off the walls and you just need to get outside. The trees here provide shelter, it’s in a quiet location, and it’s a short easy walk. Bring the wellies!

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When planning your visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds if visiting over sunny weekends or school holidays. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs, and park your car in designated parking areas. Also, please use these walks as a guide; access and stiles may change.


PARKING INFORMATION: Please do not rely solely on the postcode for parking directions. In the National Park, a postcode can cover a large area. Postcodes are only provided as guidance. Please either use the Google Maps point or what3words, which are provided on every walk guide.

Do check out our top tips for hiking with young kids, as well as our essential items to take on a family hike in the Peak District.

Cressbrook Dale walk map

On all Peak District family walks it’s a good idea to have an Ordnance Survey paper map with you, even if you have your phone on you. For this walk you need the OS Explorer Active Map OL 24 (White Peak). It’s also a good opportunity to show young kids the map features and get them started with map reading.

This route follow a clockwise direction.

Cressbrook Dale walk OS map
© Crown copyright 2024 OS AC0000861980

Get a printable download of this walk

Want to print off this walk guide rather than rely on your mobile? Then click here to download the PDF to print out at home. Perhaps print out a copy for the kids to follow the step-by-step directions and/or photos? It’s a great way to get them engaged with the walk and gives them a sense of responsibility.

All printable downloads are £1.50 each. Click here for the full list of Peak District Kids printable downloads.

Please note that your download link expires 72 hours from order, so make sure you save your PDF somewhere where you’ll remember it. If you are unsure where your download folder is on your mobile device, we recommend you download the PDF on your laptop or desktop.

Need to know

DISTANCE OF WALK: 1.8km / 1.1 miles

TYPE OF WALK: circular woodland walk

PARKING: Free parking at a roadside layby, right on the corner of a steep bend. Please do not park directly in front of footpath. Click here for Google Map point, postcode SK17 8SX.

WALK HIGHLIGHTS: A quiet woodland walk away from the tourist hot spots.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE:  Without kids this is a 45 minute walk. Allow at least an hour with young kids.

TOTAL ASCENT: 66 metres

FACILITIES: There are no toilets or eateries on this walk.

Cressbrook Dale walk

The route

START: Layby outside Cressbrook
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 1708 7345
Post code: SK17 8SX
what3words: ///prep.enlighten.removal

Route follows a clockwise direction.

1. Follow the clear footpath from the parking area, to the right of the chevron sign. Continue straight ahead through the trees.

Cressbrook Dale walk

2. At the footpath junction seen in the photo below, take the footpath that leads straight ahead to the gate.

Cressbrook Dale walk

3. Walk through the wooden gate on the left and straight ahead. Here the woodland opens to a clearing.

Cressbrook Dale walk

4. Follow the footpath through the meadow and downwards to the brook. It can get a little slippy on the latter section in the rain.

Cressbrook Dale walk

5. Take a right at this footpath junction below.

Cressbrook Dale walk

6. Follow this footpath for 300 metres until you reach a gate.

Cressbrook Dale walk

7. Walk alongside the fence for 100 metres until you reach a tarmac lane and Ravensdale Cottages.

8. Continue following the lane for 460 metres up to the road. Then take a right, and walk up the road for 240 metres back to you car.

Cressbrook Dale walk

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Or perhaps purchase a Peak District Kids iron-on patch. £1 from every sale of the iron-on patches goes towards the Peak District National Park Foundation, a registered charity established to raise funds to care for the Peak District National Park.

Want more ideas for family walks?
Best Family Walks in the Peak District
Pram Friendly Peak District walks
Toddler walks in the Peak District

Or, use the search walks page to find your perfect family walk.

Also, come and join our friendly Peak District Kids Facebook Group for any questions or to share photos of your walks.

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