Upon arrival at the road in the hamlet of Priestcliffe ditch, I continued along the quiet village roads towards Blackwell for roughly half a mile. The Pennine bridleway passes near here and I followed this to a small dale which leading to the river Wye and the Monsal Trail, the effective start of this walk.
A walk along Cheedale has the feeling of wandering into the fictitious Lost World of Conan Doyle. Its the idea that everything is closed in by the steep sides of the dale almost to the point of the rocks hanging over you.
This 7 mile walk with an ascent of 530 feet took roughly 2 and 3/4 hours to complete (including a lunch stop). I arrived home some what muddy and my two youngsters said why couldn't we come? They particularly liked the fact that I was somewhat besmirched with mud, they also liked the idea of splishing and splashing through the water.