Wibben Hill and Blackstones Low Trig Point Walk
This walk through the beautiful Derbyshire Dales starts in the picture perfect village of Tissington and heads out through the surrounding countryside to bag two of the Peak District trig points. Using parts of The Limestone Way, this 8 mile walk is a great one for Spring when the wildflowers are out.
Wibben Hill is a small hill not far from Tissington with a summit at 249m above sea level. Blackstones Low stands at 295m above sea level and is the site of a Bronze Age burial barrow. There is a trig point at each summit which is on the Peak District trig points list.
Our walk started from the former train station in Tissington which is now on the Tissington Trail. The Tissington Trail runs from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne and is a former railway line now used as a traffic free trail for runners, hikers and cyclists. We followed the trail for 0.75 miles and then took the path up to the left, crossing the bridge and entering Shaws Farm. The footpath runs from the farm track down the hillside to the stream and then up the other side of the valley, following the path of the Limestone Way into the pretty village of Parwich.
The Limestone Way runs through the churchyard at Parwich and follows a lane out onto the road. We walked a short distance and then picked up a footpath leading across the fields, near the triangle road junction with Highway Lane. We walked over the field until we reached the road leading into Ballidon village, which is dominated by the huge quarry there.
We walked up through a farmyard and out onto the farm track which leads up the hillside. There is a gate leading to the Open Access Land on which Blackstones Low trig point sits – this field had lots of curious cows and calves in which Holly loved but some people may not! We followed the wall through the cows until we reached the trig point which is right up against the wall.
From here we retraced our steps back through the cow field, through the gate and back down the farm track a short distance then took a footpath off to the south rather than heading through the farmyard again. This path runs through the fields before dropping down the hill to the disused chapel at Ballidon Church. We then followed the track that runs south then south-west and joins the B5056.
Crossing the road, we followed the footpaths through the fields until we reached All Saints Church, Bradbourne. This Grade 1 listed church was formerly Bradbourne Priory up until the dissolution of the monasteries.
Passing through the churchyard we joined the road, then took a footpath running off Mill Lane. This path runs over the fields and then crosses the B5056 again, before heading over the fields to where it joins Bent Lane. We walked on Bent Lane for a short distance and then headed up the hillside to Wibben Hill, the summit of which has a small copse and a trig point. The summit is actually on private land but the footpath runs quite close.
From the summit we headed west to join the footpath and then followed it through another field to rejoin the Tissington Trail. We set off back along the Trail to the car park and a well deserved cup of tea from the tearooms there.
Facilities: Public toilet and tea rooms in the car park
Walk Time: 3-4 hours
Trig Points Bagged: Wibben Hill, Blackstones Low
Peak District Peaks Bagged: None
Peak District Ethels Bagged: None
Wibben Hill Trig Point Walk Route Map: