Following the River Wye in Monsal Dale is a pleasant journey through Taddington Woods and the subject of today’s extreme dog walk. To be honest its not exactly extreme and not exactly far . Park up the on the car park on the main road cross to the other side to follow the trail along the River Wye as it cuts through the steeped limestone valley of Monsal Dale in the White Peak of the Peak District.
At weekends you can imagine this place thronging with visitors, the pub at the top on Monsal Head viewpoint is evident to this even during midweek. The River and the picturesque weir along the way is relatively secluded and it’s an easy route through meadows of ash trees, hawthorn and bluebells, the river popular with trout fisherman wading and water birds in the calmer spots. We parked in the car park on the A6 main road at White Lodge car park before crossing over and following the river to the weir, to the 78 ft high Headstone Viaduct and then up to the top of Monsal Head finishing off at the pub.