St Johns Church Yard

Walk 34: Tansley Circular

A beautiful hike on the edge of the Peak District that is steeped in history. The walk includes a visit to the 13th century St John’s Church in Dethick, stunning views across the Derwent Valley, a stop-off at Matlock for refreshments, and exploration of the impressive ruins of Lumsdale Mills – one of Richard Arkwright’s legacies.

Starting in Tansley, you head south to Dethick, over the valley towards Cromford, past Riber Castle, and down into historic Matlock. After optional refreshments at Matlock, you head back out towards Lumsdale, with the final stretch taking you back to Tansley.

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  • Distance: 8.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum Duration: 3.5 hrs
  • Refreshments: PubCafe
  • Route: Download .gpx file
  • Start Grid Ref: SK 32237 59916


Free parking is available within Tansley near the Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Tansley, DE4 5FE. Please be respectful when parking as this is a residential area.


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Safety First

Please do not rely on this walking guide to solely navigate the hike. Always take a paper map and compass with you and make sure you know how to use them. Hiking is generally safe, but there are always potential risks. Use common sense, plan your route beforehand and make a reasonable judgment at all times.


  • From the Holy Trinity church in Tansley, head south along Church Street to meet the A615. Turn left and follow the A615 for about 100 metres until reaching Thatchers Lane on the opposite side of the road.
  • Cross the A615 and ascend up Thatchers Lane. At the T-junction, turn left and almost immediately right to join a path that heads away from Tansley. Continue over the fields, crossing stiles, for about 400 metres to meet Cunnery Lane.
  • Turn left and continue for about 100 metres. As the road bends left, take the path on the right along Wood Lane to meet Dethick Lane (approx 1 km).
  • Turn left and continue for about 300 metres into Dethick until meeting Manor Farm on the right. Head through Manor Farm and follow the path as it bends right past St John’s Church.
  • Head through the gate at the back of the church yard and continue south over the field and through Swinepark Wood/Patchett Wood.
  • Take the steps out of the woods to meet Lea Main Road. Turn right and continue for roughly 400 metres, passing the Jug and Glass pub on the right.
  • At the junction take the path on the right just off Bakers Lane. Cross Riber Road, turn slightly right, then left, to continue on the path down to Lea Brook.
  • Cross Lea Brook and ascend out of the wood and over fields to meet a well-defined track at the edge of Breck’s Wood, overlooking Cromford.
  • Turn right and continue on the track for 1km to arrive at Hearthstone village.
  • Continue along Hearthstone Lane to the western edge of the village and turn right down the woodland path at the back of the houses.
  • Follow the path for approx. 500 metres to arrive at Riber. Turn right to head north-east along Riber Road. At the junction, turn left to continue along Riber Road. At the end of the Riber Road, take the footpath to the right, passing Riber Castle to your left. The stone path descends steeply down into Matlock.
  • At Starkholmes Road, turn right and continue for about 200 metres looking out for Pic Tor Lane on the left. Cross the road and head along Pic Tor Lane, taking the path down, eventually crossing the River Derwent. At the A6, turn right and head back into Matlock.
  • Turn right over the Matlock Bridge. After the bridge, turn right into Hall Leys Park. Continue through the park until you eventually arrive at the A615. Turn right and continue, heading out of Matlock. Pass the petrol station to your right and look out for Butts Lane on the left (approx. 400 metres from Hall Leys park). Take the path leading off Butts Lane, passing Baileys Mill part way along.
  • At the playpark, follow the path left and up, then right, to continue along the back of the houses.
  • At the edge of the housing estate, take the path straight up as it ascends sharply to the Wishing Stone.
  • Just before the Wishing Stone, take the stepped path on the right to descend down, passing the ruins of Garton’s Mill on the left.
  • At Lumsdale road, turn left and continue up to Lumsdale to explore the old Mills and impressive Lumsdale Falls.
  • Continue to the northern edge of Mill Pond and continue slightly left then straight, passing the final pond to the right.
  • Just before Bone Mill, cross the stepping stones over Bentley Brook, and ascend up to the woods ahead. At the path junction, turn right and continue through the woods until meeting Oaksedge Lane.
  • Continue down along Oaksedge Lane through to Church Street, back to the start point of the walk.
  • St Johns Church Yard
  • St Johns Church
  • Lea Brook
  • Cromford
  • Derwent valley
  • Blue eyed pony
  • Matlock
  • Lumsdale mill ruins
  • Lumsdale mill ruins
  • Lumsdale mill ruins
  • Lumsdale caves
  • Tansley
  • Beautiful Pony
  • Lumsdale waterfall
  • Lumsdale waterfall

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Leigh Walker

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Hi I'm Leigh, the creator Walk In Derbyshire. I've been walking in the Peak District National Park for over 30 years and have a huge passion for connecting with nature and hiking in the outdoors. I write up the all the walks for Walk In Derbyshire and am also the lead on our group hikes.

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