The popular spa town of Buxton has a number of waymarked trails taking you though this beautiful area of the Peak District. There's also challenging hill climbs, riverside paths, pretty reservoirs and delightful parks to explore.
This walk from the town visits a series of beautiful valleys along the River Wye. You'll pass through Wye Dale, Chee Dale, and the popular Miller's Dale before finishing at Cressbrook Dale. It's about a 10 mile walk so 20 miles there and back. You can shorten it by going as far as Miller's Dale which is one of the highlights of the area. Here you have the option of heading north from the river and visiting Tideswell Dale and the village of Tideswell.
It's a fantastic area for walking with the rushing waters of the river, shady woodland and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way. Please note it's downhill on the way there so save some energy for the way back! You could turn it into a circular walk by heading north at Monk's Dale and returning through the countryside via Tunstead.
The walk uses some of the excellent long distance trails you can pick up near the town. This includes the Midshires Way, Pennine Bridleway and Monsal Trail.
Other walks around BuxtonPoole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park - visit a fascinating natural limestone cave and climb to Solomon's Temple viewpoint in this lovely park.
Pavilion Gardens - this fine 23 acre park is perfect for an afternoon stroll with shrubbery, trees, streams and a lake.
Three Shires Head - this beautiful area of the Dane Valley can be reached by following the Dane Valley Way across Axe Edge Moor. It marks the point where the counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet.
Chrome Hill - the climb to this popular hill can be started from the nearby village of Earl Sterndale. You can also visit Parkhouse Hill with fascinating geology and limestone flora to look out for.
Shining Tor and Cats Tor - you can visit the highest point of Cheshire by following the Midshires Way from Buxton.
Errwood Reservoir and Fernilee Reservoir - these two lovely reservoirs are also located close to the town. You can also visit the Errwood Estate with its old ruined hall and peaceful woodland with azaleas and rhododendrons.
High Wheeldon - enjoy more great views from this hill near Earl Sterndale.