The village of Tissington, where this beautiful Peak District family walk begins and ends, is one of the prettiest in the National Park. Centred around the grand Tissington Hall are a collection of limestone cottages, no less than six ancient wells, a church that dates back to Saxon times, a teashop selling vegan treats, and a duck pond. This is also where the Tissington Trail passes through; a popular Peak District cycle route for families.
This circular Tissington walk to Parwich follows the Tissington Trail for a short while, but then leads out to open farmland as you head to Parwich, another pretty Peak District village. The views along the way are beautiful. It’s worth timing your walk to arrive in Parwich in time for lunch at the Sycamore Inn, before continuing your walk back to Tissington. There’s also a good playground in Parwich.
This walk is steep in a couple of places and can also get muddy. Ensure everyone is wearing good hiking boots.
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If you are planning a 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.
During the winter months, it’s important to be extra prepared and safe when out walking and adventuring in the Peak District. The weather can change so quickly, especially on the exposed escarpments, and we don’t want you to get caught out.
Read our top tips for safe winter walking with the kids.
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 provided for every walk, or what3words.
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.
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Tissington to Parwich circular walk map
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This route follows an anticlockwise direction.
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Need to know
DISTANCE OF WALK: 6.3km / 3.9 miles
TYPE OF WALK: Circular pub walk walk across class White Peak farmland.
PARKING: Pay and display parking at Tissington Car Park. Click here for Google Map location, post code is: DE6 1RA.
WALK HIGHLIGHTS: Tissington Hall, Tissington Trail, Limestone Way, Parwich playground, lunch at Sycamore Inn in Parwich.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE: Without kids, this is a 2.5 hour walk. Allow 3.4 hours with young kids. Add in extra time for the pub in Parwich.
TOTAL ASCENT: 213 metres
PUBLIC TOILETS: There public toilets in Tissington at the beginning of the walk. There are cafes in Tissington, and a pub in Parwich.
START: Tissington Car Park
Click here for Google Map point
Grid reference: SK 1780 5207
Post code: DE6 1RA
Route follows an anticlockwise direction.
1. From Tissington car park walk along the Tissington Trail in the direction of Parsley Hay (signposted) for 1km.
2. Just before the bridge, there is a signpost on the left with some steps leading up to an adjacent footpath. Follow this path for 50 metres until you reach a wooden gate next to the bridge. Then cross the bridge to the right and over the cattle grid.
3. Follow the lane around the bend to the left for 100 metres to the Parwich signpost. This is part of the Limestone Way.
4. Walk in the direction that the sign is pointing to across the field. As you walk over the hill, you will notice the stone stile to cross.
5. Keep following the footpath downhill to the brook. There are often cows in this field so make sure dogs are on leads and be cautious.
6. Cross the wooden footbridge (there’s only one side to hold on to!) and then follow the footpath up the hill to the next stile.
7. Keep following the yellow Limestone Way footpath signs across the fields towards Parwich.
8. Once you reach the outskirts of the village, make sure you take this footpath on the right (below photo) that leads you out to the playground. The kids will probably want a play in the playground, before you pop into the Sycamore Inn for a pint or lunch (or both!)
9. After the pub, head back to the playground and walk to the far right hand corner. Follow the footpath that goes between these two cottages (see photo below).
10. This leads you out on to a road after 100 metres. Turn left and follow the road for 160 metres until you reach a footpath on the left.
11. Follow this footpath up across the field, crossing a stile, before reaching this gate.
12. Follow the footpath straight ahead for 60 metres to the next stile. Then take the footpath left.
13. Keep following the footpath signs across the fields and down to the brook. You will cross two wooden footbridges.
14. From the brook, follow the footpath up towards the Tissington Trail. Make sure you veer slightly right on the last field as you come out of the woods and up to the Tissington Trail.
15. Walk across the bridge that takes you over the Tissington Trail, and follow the footpath to the left of the farmhouse.
16. Cross the stile and follow the yellow arrows back towards Tissington.
17. You will finally reach a little lane next to the ‘Edward and Vintage Sweet Shop’. Follow this lane to the right, and then at the T-junction, take a left along the road into Tissington. You will pass Tissington Hall, an ancient well, St Mary’s Church, and also Herbert’s Fine English Tea Rooms.
18. After wandering around the village, it’s a very short walk (200 metres) along the road, past the duck pond, back to the car park.
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Want more ideas for family walks?
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