Tissington walk to Parwich for a pub lunch (6.3km, circular)

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 tea shop 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 along 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.

If you are planning a visit to the National Park, please arrive early or late in the day to avoid crowds, and respect social distancing. Please also take all litter home with you, don’t bring BBQs and park your car in designated parking areas.

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Tissington to Parwich circular walk map

It’s a good idea to have the OS Explorer Active Map OL24 with you for this walk. We also like pointing out the features on the map to the kids, to help them get them used to map reading.

Need to know


TYPE OF WALK: Moderate, circular walk. Undulating across grassy meadows. Pub half way in Parwich.

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 would be a 1 hour 40 minute walk. But this walk took us 3 hours. Add in extra time for the pub in Parwich.

TOTAL ASCENT: 210 metres

PUBLIC TOILETS: There public toilets in Tissington at the beginning of the walk. There are cafes in Tissington, and a pub in Parwich.

Tissington car park

The route

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.

Tissington walk to Parwich
Tissington walk to Parwich

3. Follow the lane around the bend to the left for 100 metres to the Parwich signpost. This is part of the Limestone Way.

Tissington walk to Parwich

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.

Tissington walk to Parwich

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.

Tissington walk to Parwich

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.

Tissington walk to Parwich

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!) Kids meals are £5.95. Vegetarian options are limited.

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.

Parwich to Tissington walk

12. Follow the footpath straight ahead for 60 metres to the next stile. Then take the footpath left.

Parwich to Tissington walk

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.

Parwich to Tissington walk

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 wondering around the village, it’s a very short walk (200 metres) along the road, past the duck pond, back to the car park.

Tissington duck pond

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