Very enjoyable short walk leads to charming village
LENGTH: Three miles.
START/FINISH: Park along the roadside close to the Church, in Church Street.
landmark: Riber Castle features on the walk.
LOCATION: At Tansley turn north off the A615 Matlock to Alfreton Road. The road widens out between the church and recreation ground to provide a suitable parking area.
TERRAIN: All the ascents are gentle, but the descent from Riber can be quite slippery after wet weather.
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THIS is only a short walk but nevertheless a very enjoyable one. It combines a visit to the charming little village of Riber, with some outstanding views over the surrounding countryside. The route back to Tansley can be quite slippery in wet conditions and the walker needs to be well shod.
The gentle climb up from Tansley brings you to the ancient hilltop village of Riber. The Manor House of 1633 and the Elizabethan Riber Hall are noteworthy. The village though is best known for its castle, which can be seen for miles.
Walk back along Church Street to the A615, turn right and walk down the pavement for 100 yards, before crossing the road and ascending Alders Lane.
Opposite Dickins Place on the edge of the village, turn right at the footpath sign and walk along the access road to Daisy Bank Farm.
Before reaching the farm take a stile on the left into a field, turn sharp right and continue straight ahead past the farm. Cross a stile on the right, maintain the same direction but now with the field boundary on your left.
With Riber clearly in view, continue in the same direction along an obvious path, before going slightly to the left, cross a farm access road and stile into another field.
Keep to the left by the field wall, go over a stile and turn right, walk a few yards up the field to a stile by a metal gate, on the other side of which is the village road.
Here you can take a short diversion to admire the village, by turning left and walking as far as Carr Lane, before returning to point number 6.
Walk about 20 yards along the road towards Riber Manor and then turn left and almost immediately right down a rough track by the side of telephone and post boxes.
Keep to the right past a house and enter a field, walk across two small fields to reach an area of open ground.
Turn sharp right; follow the well trodden path close to the wall on the right. The path eventually leaves the wall and starts to descend zigzagging down the hillside to a stile into a field. Walk down the field a short distance, but before reaching the bottom take the stile on the right. Cross the next two fields angling to the right and follow a path just to the left of Hilltop Farm.
Go through the gateway near the farm and bear left, continue along a rising grass track with the wall on your right. Do not follow the track winding downhill.
Maintain the same direction, as the track soon becomes enclosed and eventually leads you down to the A615.
Cross the main road to a footpath sign, follow the path down to a footbridge over a stream. After crossing the stream, keep to the right to the top of a field and turn right. A few yards further on go to the left up Church Street back to the start of the walk.