The county town of Matlock is a great base for exploring the south eastern edge of the Peak District. This circular walk from the town takes you to High Tor and past the Heights of Abraham. You'll also enjoy a riverside stretch along the River Derwent on the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. This runs south to Matlock Bath passing High Tor on the way. From the distinctive limestone crag there are splendid views over the town to the Peak District hills beyond. The route then heads north west towards Bonsall before following the Limestone Way back into Matlock.
Other walks around MatlockHeights of Abraham - Ride a cable car to the Hilltop Park and enjoy magnificent views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District at this major attraction in Matlock.
Lumsdale Valley - This splendid walk takes you from Matlock to the beautiful wooded gorge of the Lumsdale Valley.
Derwent Valley Heritage Way - Follow the River Derwent through the Derbyshire Peak District on this stunning walk.
Cromford Canal - This pretty canal runs from Cromford to Ambergate and is located just a few miles south of Matlock.
Limestone Way - Terrific long distance trail through the Peak District's best limestone scenery. The trail runs right past the town. You could follow it west to Winster.
Stanton Moor - This upland area near the Derbyshire village of Stanon-in-Peak has good walking trails, attractive woodland and fascinating ancient historical sites to visit.
Ogston Reservoir - This beautiful reservoir is located just a few miles to the east of the town at Brackenfield. It's one of Derbyshire's premier bird watching sites with a huge variety of water loving birds to look out for.