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.
Buxton Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Buxton Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Buxton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Buxton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Old Sun Inn is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The pub is a former 17th-century coaching inn with a charming interior including stone floor and oak panelling. There's also a garden area to sit out in if the weather is good. You can find the inn on the High Street with a postcode of SK17 6HA for your sat navs.
The river paths through the dales are ideal for dog walking. There's also some nice parkland and woodland trails in Buxton Country Park to the south west of the town centre.