With the stunning Peak District National Park and wonderful long distance trails such as the Trans Pennine Trail and the Pennine Bridleway Derbyshire is a county with dramatic, beautiful and varied scenery.
Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Derbyshire Walk Map
|Alport Castles||10 miles (16 km)||This walk visits this extraordinary geological feature in the Peak District National Park. Alport Castles is a spectacular formation of rocks formed from numerous landslides over a period of time. The largest of these, resembles a full-scale motte and bailey castle. It's a fabulous sight and is surrounded by some stunning Peak District scenery. Bird watchers can look out for peregrine falcons nesting on the crags. |
This circular walk starts at the parking area at the northern end of Ladybower Reservoir. You then follow a footpath along Derwent Reservoir and Howden Reservoir, passing through woodland with views of the impressive Howden Dam on the way. The walk then climbs away from the reservoir towards Alport Castles. Here you can enjoy wonderful views over the River Alport and Alport Dale. The walk then descends to Hagg Side woodland before returning to Ladybower Reservoir.
|Black Rocks Cromford||4 miles (6 km)||This circular walk visits Black Rocks in the Peak District National Park. The rocks are a striking gritstone outcrop surrounded by the woodland of Cromford Moor. There are wonderful views of the Derwent Valley from the rocks which are in an elevated position above the town of Cromford. |
The walk starts by the Cromford Canal and follows the High Peak Trail to Black Rocks. You then head across Cromford Moor with its woodland trails and heather moorland.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you could enjoy a waterside walk along the Cromford Canal.
|Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk||17 miles (28 km)||Follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie on this walk which traces the route of his march from Ashbourne to Derby in 1745. |
The path passes through Derbyshire farmland and woodland starting in Ashbourne town centre and heading south to Shirley via Osmaston and Osmaston park. You continue to Longford following the Shirley brook before turning east to Radbourne, where you will pass the 18th century Radbourne Hall. From here you head to Mackworth, passing the castle ruins, and entering the delightful Markeaton park on the outskirts of Derby. Just to the north of Mackworth is the delightful Kedleston Hall which is well worth a short detour if you have time. The final stretch runs into Derby finishing near the cathedral.
|Calke Park||3 miles (5 km)||This walk takes you around the magnificent Calke country estate located in Ticknall, Derby. The walk begins at the car park and takes you along the beautiful Staunton Harold Reservoir before exploring the woodland, ponds and meadows of Calke Park. There is also a deer park with Calke's herd of fallow and red deer, while the wetlands area is also home to more wildlife with dragonflies and damselflies to see. |
If you head a mile north you can visit the Staunton Harold Reservoir visitor centre and enjoy a well surfaced walk along the water to their wildflower meadow.
|Carsington Water||7 miles (12 km)||This route follows the circular cycling and walking trail around Carsington Water in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. The trail starts at the excellent visitor centre where cycle hire is available. It includes long shoreline sections and several woodland sections with great views of the surrounding countryside. |
The lake is also good for birdwatching. Look out for little owl, little grebe, great northern diver, Eurasian oystercatcher, common tern and breeding common redshank.
|Centenary Way||25 miles (40 km)||Follow the Centenary Way from Ilkeston to Ashbourne on this 25 mile walk through the Derbyshire countryside. The walk visits several pretty villages including West Hallam, Duffield, Brailsford, Edmaston, Shirley and Osmaston. |
Highlights on the route include the delightful Kedleston Hall which is just to the south of the trail near Duffield.
|Chatsworth Park||6 miles (9 km)||A circuit around the splendid Chatsworth Park in the Derbyshire Peak District. There's 1000 acres of parkland to explore with views of the River Derwent, woodland trails and fallow deer.|
|Cown Edge Way||17 miles (28 km)||Visit the striking Cown Edge rocks on this walk through Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.|
The path starts at Hazel Grove and heads east towards Marple where you can enjoy waterside stretches along the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals and views of the River Goyt. You then begin the ascent to Cown Edge, passing Hollywood End on the way. The path then takes you along Cown Edge Rocks and Coombe Edge Rocks where there are splendid views of the Peak District.
At Coombe Edge the route turns west towards Charlesworth before taking you over the River Etherow to Werneth Low and then onto the finish point at Gee Cross.
|Cresswell Crags||1 miles (1.5 km)||This walk takes you around this fascinating limestone gorge in Derbyshire. There's a lovely waterside footpath running along Crags Lake with views of the surrounding caves and cliffs. It's a well surfaced trail taking you up close to the remarkable geological features in the park. There is an excellent visitor centre with a museum detailing the history of the caves and fissures. You can see bones of lynx, beaver and wild pig dating from the last Ice Age 9,500 years ago. |
If you'd like to extend your walk you could pick up the Robin Hood Way which runs through the park.
|Cromford Canal||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a waterside stroll along the Cromford Canal on this easy walk in Derbyshire. This section of the canal runs from Cromford to Ambergate and is designated as a Biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Nature Reserve. The walk passes the Leawood Pump House by the aqueduct over the River Derwent and a series of pretty bridges. You'll also pass Shining Cliff Woods and enjoy lovely views of the Derwent Valley. The walk makes use of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way so you could continue along this long distance walking route to extend your walk. |
The canal is located just a few miles south of Matlock.
|Cuckoo Way||46 miles (74 km)||This walk follows the Chesterfield Canal through Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire from Chesterfield to West Stockwith. You will pass 36 locks and 11 bridges as you walk along one of England's most beautiful waterways.|
The walk passes Stavely, Retford and Worksop while there is also a pleasant section around the lovely Rother Valley Country Park at Killamarsh. Here you will find 5 lakes and a nature reserve which boasts the recording of over 260 different varieties of birds over the past two decades.
|Dane Valley Way||41 miles (66 km)||Follow the River Dane through Derbyshire and Cheshire on this fabulous walk from Buxton to Middlewich.|
|Derwent Valley Heritage Way||51 miles (82 km)||Follow the River Derwent through the Derbyshire Peak District on this stunning walk. The path runs from Derwent Mouth, Shardlow and passes through Derby, Belper and Matlock on your way to the finish point at Ladybower Reservoir, Heatherdene.|
Highlights on the route include a lovely section along the Cromford Canal from Cromford to Ambergate.
The walk is waymarked with a yellow arrow on a purple disc.
|Dovedale||2 miles (4 km)||The beautiful Dovedale is one of the must see areas in the Peak District. The area attracts a million visitors each year because of its stunning natural beauty. |
The walk starts at the Dove Dale car park, near Thorpe. It's a large car park so there should be spaces available most of the time. You then head north along the River Dove to the famous
Dovedale Stepping Stones. The stones were first set down in the 19th century for Victorian tourists to cross the river. It's a lovely place to stop for a while, with great views of Thorpe Cloud, a large limestone hill towering over the river.
From the stones you continue north to Lovers' Leap. Legend says that a young woman who believed her lover had been killed in the Napoleonic Wars threw herself from the rock. She was saved when her skirt caught in the branches of a tree below. When she returned home, she heard her lover was still alive. You can use the steps provided to climb this rock formation for splendid views of the dale.
The next section takes you to the fascinating Reynard's Cave, passing the huge Tissington Spires on the way. You can enter the huge natural arch of Reynard's Cave and enjoy wonderful views of the area.
You continue to Pickering Tor and then onto the imposing Dove Holes caves, before the final stretch to the village of Milldale. Here you can enjoy refreshments at the tea shop before the return leg.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Ilam Park. The park can be easily reached from the same start point for this walk by following a footpath west for about a mile. You'll can then visit Bunster Hill, Hinkley Wood and the beautiful Ilam Hall gardens.
|Dronfield 2000 Rotary Walk||11 miles (18 km)||Explore the woodland and farmland around Dronfield, in Derbyshire, on this pleasant circular walk. There are some steep climbs but with the reward of some splendid views of the nearby Peak District National Park. You will pass Dronfield, Dronfield Woodhouse and Coal Aston with waymarking to guide you along the way.|
|Elvaston Castle Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Explore 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and formal
gardens on this cycle or walk near Derby. In the park you will find the 17th century Elvaston Castle surrounded by delightful gardens with stables, kennels, a walled garden, a home farm, several cottages, gatelodges, an ice house and a boathouse.
In the country park there are a number of footpaths and bridleways to follow while National Cycle Network Route 6 also runs through the park. There is also a Nature Reserve where you can follow a number of footpaths to reed bed areas, wildflower meadows, wet woodlands, a lake and islands.
The River Derwent runs very close to the park so you can follow the riverside path into Derby to extend your walk or cycle.
|Etherow Goyt Valley Way||14 miles (22 km)||This walk runs from Stockport to Hadfield along the Rivers Goyt and Etherow.|
The path starts in Vernon Park on the River Goyt in Stockport and follows the river toEtherow Country Park near Marple. This is a lovely section with a reservoir, woodland and a variety of wildlife to enjoy. The walk then joins the River Etherow following it to Broadbottom and then onto Bottoms Reservoir in Hadfield.
There is a challenging climb near Broadbottom on this route but with fantastic views over the surrounding area.
|Five Pits Trail||6 miles (10 km)||This is a super off road cycling and walking trail running from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf. The route follows National Cycle Network route number 67 but there is also a detour at Wolfie Pond which heads east to the Williamsthorpe Nature Reserve before rejoining the route south. |
The trail follows the route of the old Grand Central Railway through the countryside passing the Locko bird and wildlife reserve on the way. The start and end points of the route are also delightful with Grassmoor Country Park at one end and the woodlands and meadows of Tibshelf Ponds at the other. The trail is located just three miles south of Chesterfield town centre. If you're are on your bike you could follow the Chesterfield to Alfreton cycle route along NCN 67 as an extension of your ride.
|Foremark Reservoir||2 miles (3 km)||This walk visits the pretty Foremark Reservoir near Burton Upon Trent in Derbyshire. The walk starts at the car park at the north eastern end of the reservoir and follows woodland trails along the reservoir to Carver's Rocks. The area is a nature reserve so look out for a variety of wildlife including several species of butterflies and wildfowl. The woodland area is lovely with bluebells and silver birches near the reservoir banks. It's a great place for a picnic and you can also purchase refreshments at the cafe. The reservoir is located near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Ingleby, Swadlincote and Willington.|
|Goyt Way||10 miles (16 km)||Follow the Goyt Way along the Peak Forest Canal and the River Goyt on this lovely waterside walk through Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.|
The walk starts by Etherow Country Park Lake in Compstall and heads south through Marple and New Mills to Whaley Bridge. The first section through Marple follows the towpath of the Peak Forest Canal, passing pretty locks on the way. You then join the River Goyt to New Mills before picking up the Canal again near Whaley Bridge where the route finishes.
|Grassmoor Country Park||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy meadows and lagoons in this pretty country park near Chesterfield. The park is a haven for wildlife - look out for water voles, grass snakes and butterflies. Grassmoor is the start of the Five Pits Trail so there is scope for continuing your walk or cycle.|
|Grindslow Knoll||5 miles (8 km)||This challenging circular walk visits Grindslow Knoll in Edale in the Peak District. It's a beautiful area with interesting rock formations and wonderful sweeping views over the Peak District. |
The walk starts from the pretty village of Edale which can be reached by train from Manchester or Sheffield. You then ascend to the Nab where there are splendid views of the Hope Valley. You continue to Ringing Roger where you will find a fascinating formation of weathered rocks and another fabulous viewpoint. The route continues along the spectacular Kinder Plateau, passing Nether Tor and Upper Tor before reaching Grindsbrook Clough. There is a popular alternative footpath here which runs along the Grindsbrook Clough back to Edale. It's a lovely waterside section along the Grinds Brook with pretty waterfalls along the way. This route, however continues to the summit of Grindslow Knoll, where there are great views of the Kinder Plateau, the Hope Valley and the Great Ridge. From here, the walk descends back to Edale where you can enjoy refreshments at the Old Nags Head pub. The pub is famous for being the start of the Pennine Way long distance walk.
|Heights of Abraham||3 miles (4.5 km)||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. The park also includes caverns and mine tours where you can experience a day in the life of a 17th Century lead mining family.|
The cable car was opened in 1984 and is the first ever alpine cable car in Britain. It will take you to the top of Masson Hill where you can enjoy woodland walking trails and wonderful views over Matlock. There is also a riverside section along the River Derwent to enjoy.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Lumsdale Valley for a wonderful waterfall walk. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way also runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the River Derwent if you have time.
|High Peak Trail||17 miles (28 km)||This splendid, shared walking and cycle trail follows a disused railway line from Cromford to Dowlow through the beautiful Peak District National Park.
The trail starts near Cromford railway station and climbs through the stunning High Peak area of Derbyshire giving fabulous views of the area.
For more information on this trail, including picnic areas and cycle hire please click here
|Ilam Park||1 miles (2 km)||Ilam Country Park is a delightful open space owned by the National Trust. It is situated on the River Manifold about five miles north west of Ashbourne in the Staffordshire and Derbyshire Peak District. Highlights in the park include Ilam Hall and gardens, Bunster Hill, Hinkley Wood, a Visitor Centre, tea-room and shop. The park is perfect for a short riverside stroll in one of the prettiest areas in England. |
It's easy to extend your walk in this beautiful area by heading to the nearby Dovedale. You can follow a footpath east for about 1 mile to reach the River Dove and the famous Dovedale Stepping Stones.
|Kedleston Hall||2 miles (3.6 km)||Explore the 820 acres of parkland surrounding this country house near Derby in the Peak District. The landscape features grassy meadows, serpentine lakes, pleasure grounds, woodland and contoured hills with clumps of trees. There are also sculptures, a summer house and an orangery. The walk gives fantastic views of the gardens, the hall and the surrounding countryside.|
The hall is a classical Palladian mansion built for the first Baron Scarsdale in the mid 18th century. Inside there are grand state rooms with fine collections of paintings and original furniture.
The Centenary Way walking route runs just to the north of the grounds. You could pick this up and head towards Duffield or Brailsford to continue your walk. The Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk runs just to the south of the hall. Pick this up to head into Derby.
|Kinder Scout||7 miles (11 km)||Explore the Kinder plateau on this exhilarating and challenging circular walk. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Hope Valley and pass some fascinating gritstone rock formations. |
The walk begins in the pretty village of Edale which can be reached by train from Manchester or Sheffield. You then pick up the Pennine Way and follow it to Upper Booth and on to the recently restored Jacob’s Ladder footpath. The route then follows the spectacular Kinder plateau where you can enjoy some of the best views in the Peak District. At Grindsbrook Clough you descend to Edale along the delightful Grinds Brook with waterfalls and splendid views along the way.Mam Tor is located nearby so you could climb this dramatic hill to continue your walking in the area. The Pennine Way also runs through the area so this could be easily picked up too.
|Ladybower Reservoir||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a lovely waterside walk along the western shore of this large reservoir in the Peak District. The walk begins at the parking area at the northern end of Upper Ladybower reservoir and follows a good walking trail to Lower Ladybower Reservoir. The route passes through some pleasant woodland and has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Other walking trails lead up into the surrounding hills where you can enjoy great views over the reservoir. |
If you would like to continue your walk you could climb to the spectacular geological rock formations of Alport Castles. You could also pick up the Derwent Valley Heritage Way which runs past the southern end of the reservoir.
|Lathkill Dale||8 miles (13 km)||Enjoy a splendid riverside walk in the beautiful Lathkill Dale in the Peak District. The dale is a peaceful, atmospheric area flanked with large limestones cliffs and woodland. Along the River Lathkill you'll pass pretty waterfalls and weirs and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Look out for birds such as ducks, herons, wagtails, dippers, waterhens and coots. The river is very clear and pure so it's easy to spot fish swimming alongside you on your walk. Along the river there are also interesting flora such as wildflowers and the rare wild plant Jacob's Ladder. |
The walk begins in the lovely village of Monyash at the excellent Bulls Head Pub, and follows footpaths through Bagshaw Dale to the river. You follow the river to Over Haddon where you can stop for refreshments. You then return on the same path for about half the way, before crossing the river and picking up the Limestone Way to take you back to Monyash.
This is a super, varied walk with riverside, woodland and countryside sections to enjoy. Most of it is fairly flat so it's suitable for people of all abilities.
If you'd like to extend your walking in the area you could head further along the river to Alport. You could also pick up the Limestone Way and head to nearby Youlgreave where you can enjoy more waterside walking along the River Bradford.
|Limestone Way||46 miles (74 km)||Travel through the beautiful Peak District National Park on this walk through Derbyshire and into Staffordshire.
The walk starts at Castleton, passing through the scenic Cave Dale and past the remains of Peverill Castle. You continue south through the stunning Monk's Dale and Miller's Dale, where you cross the River Wye. The next stage takes you through Flagg, Monyash and Youlgreave, where you join the River Bradford for a pleasant waterside stretch before heading on to Brassington, Parwich and Tissington. Here you will find the splendid 17th century Tissington Hall and gardens which are well worth a visit.
From Tissington you continue through Thorpe, crossing the River Dove and then following it to the finish point at Rocester.
|Linacre Reservoirs||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy cycling and walking trails around these three pretty reservoirs near Chesterfield. Cyclists can enjoy a good track running around the middle and lower reservoirs while walkers can follow the same trails plus another around the upper reservoir. The trails are a mixture of lovely waterside paths plus some woodland trails through Linacre Woods. Look out for nuthatches, flycatchers and woodpeckers in the woods and kingfishers and mandarin ducks on the water. |
The circular route below starts at the car park and follows the shared cycle and walk trail around the middle and lower reservoirs. Linacre Reservoirs is located just a few miles west of Chesterfield city centre.
|Longdendale Trail||8 miles (13 km)||This splendid cycling and walking trail follows a disused railway line through the Longdendale in the Peak District National Park . The path starts in Hadfield and runs alongside a series of beautiful reservoirs including Bottoms, Torside, Woodhead and Rhodeswood before finishing at Salter's Brook.|
|Longshaw Estate||4 miles (6 km)||The Longshaw Estate is a National Trust owned country park in Upper Padley in the Peak District. The estate is perfect for walking with fabulous views of the Peak District, ancient woods, parkland and heather moorland. In the park there are pretty ponds, a waterside path along Barbrage Brook and the lovely Big Moor where you should look out for red deer. There are also excellent facilities with a tea room, shop and the Moorland Discovery Centre.|
From easter 2014 there will be two new bridleways suitable for cyclists. The routes will be waymarked so you can explore the estate on two wheels or on foot.
The Derwent Valley Heritage Way runs near the estate so you could continue your walk along the River Derwent. You could also continue south and climb up to Froggatt edge where there are spectacular views of the Peak District. The park is located just a few miles from Sheffield.
|Lumsdale Valley||2 miles (2.5 km)||This splendid walk takes you from Matlock to the beautiful wooded gorge of the Lumsdale Valley. The walk starts near the centre of Matlock at Matlock Green and follows the Bentley Brook through woodland to the beautiful Lumsdale Waterfalls. As you make your way through the gorge you'll pass several historical mill ruins, waterwheels, three mill ponds and a series of waterfalls. It's a beautiful area and one of the lesser known attractions of the Peak District area. |
Several of our other walks pass through Matlock so there are plenty of options for extending your exercise. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way, Heights of Abraham, Cromford Canal and the Limestone Way can all be picked up in Matlock.
|Mam Tor||3 miles (4.5 km)||This 517 m (1,696 ft) hill in the Peak District affords fabulous views over the surrounding area. This circular walk starts at the car park at the southern side of the hill and takes you to the summit on well defined walking trails and stone steps. The scenery is beautiful and dramatic with fine views over the Hope and Edale Valleys.|
From the summit you descend to Hollins Cross before turning south and continuing your descent to Mam Farm and Little Mam Tor. At Winnats Head Farm you turn west to return to the finish point.
If you would like to continue your walking then the nearby Kinder Scout is a good option. It is the highest point in the Peak District and affords fabulous views to Manchester, Snowdonia and Winter Hill.
|Midland Railway Centre||3 miles (5 km)||This heritage railway in Butterley has a delightful 35 acre country park with a wide range of wildlife areas and great views of the passing steam trains. The walk takes you around Butterley Reservoir, through Butterley park and on to Codnorpark Reservoir before finishing at Riddings station where you could catch the train back to the start point at Butterley.|
|Midshires Way||225 miles (362 km)||This route follows public bridleways and quiet country lanes through Middle England, from Bledlow, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, to Stockport in Greater Manchester. The path links the Ridgeway National Trail with the Trans Pennine Trail passing through the countryside of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicesteshire, Nottinghamshire and the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.|
Highlights include waterside sections along the Grand Union Canal, the Peak Forest Canal and the River Ouse. There is a splendid wooded section through Salcey Forest near Northampton where you could try the Tree Top Trail. There are also terrific views of the Derbyshire Dales, and a lovely section around Fernilee Reservoir and Errwood Reservoir in the Peak District.
The walk is waymarked with a white disc featuring two acorns.
|Monsal Trail||10 miles (16 km)||Follow the Monsal Trail through the Peak District National Park on this cycle and walking path.|
The trail follows a disused railway line from Chee Dale to Bakewell with the first section following the River Wye to Monsal Head via Cressbrook and Miller's Dale. The second section runs onto Bakewell passing Great Longstone with more stunning views to enjoy.
|Pavilion Gardens Buxton||1 miles (1.5 km)||Enjoy a stroll around these beautiful gardens in Buxton. The park covers 23 acres with plenty of nice walking trails to keep you busy for an hour or so. In the park you'll find shrubbery, trees, streams and a lake with ducks and geese. Other attractions include a miniature railway, an excellent cafe and a botanical conservatory with plants from around the world. At the weekends there is likely to be an event such as antique markets, local artists and brass bands to see. |
If you'd like to extend your walk you could head to the nearby Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park which is less than a mile away.
|Pennine Bridleway||120 miles (193 km)||This fabulous 120 mile long trail runs through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, through Lancashire and on into Yorkshire.|
It is suitable for mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers taking you on a tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the country. The trail generally runs along dismantled railway lines, tracks and quiet roads passing through moorland, open fields and purple heather moors with the Pennine Hills providing a splendid backdrop.
Highlights on the route include several picturesque reservoirs and the eye catching 1300 ft Stoodley Pike Hill in Yorkshire.
For more information on this route, including accomodation and holiday ideas please click here
|Pennine Way||268 miles (431 km)||This fabulous 268 mile path takes you through three of England's finest national parks. You start near Edale in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and head north towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The final section takes you over Hadrian's Wall in the stunning Northumberland National Park before crossing the England-Scotland border and finishing in the village of Kirk Yetholm in Scotland.|
Though the path is often challenging you're rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views in the country. Highlights on the path include the beautiful Malham Cove, Malham Tarn Estate and the stunning Kisdon Force waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You'll also enjoy a waterside section along the River Tees in Teesdale which leads to Low Force Watefall and High Force Waterfall.
|Peveril Castle||4 miles (7 km)||This ruined medieval castle in the Peak District has an amazing history stretching back to the Norman Conquest of 1066. This circular walk uses the Limestone Way and other public footpaths to take you around the castle ruins from the village of Castleton. There's some wonderful Peak District Scenery to enjoy and you will also pass the fascinating Peak Cavern. You can tour the cave to see unusual rock formations, and hear the eerie sound of the running waters. Peak Cavern has the largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could climb to the spectacular Winnats Pass and on to Mam Tor.
|Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||A walk around Buxton Country Park and a visit to Poole's Cavern - a natural limestone cave used as a lair by an outlaw in the fifteenth century. The walk starts underground in limestone caverns with crystal stalactites illuminated with paved walkways and handrails. You then come outside to explore the beautiful country park and woodlands. The route visits Solomon's Temple viewpoint with superb views of the Peak District. |
The park is located a short walk from Buxton town centre. If you would like to continue your walk then the Dane Valley Way also runs through the park. You could also head to the nearby Pavilion Gardens.
|Poolsbrook Country Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||This 180 acre park consists of 85 acres of woodland, 42 acres of grassland and 23 acres of green water. There are several miles of well maintained paths suitable for cyclists or walkers. The park is located in Staveley, very near to Chesterfield.|
|Poulter Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a walk around this pleasant country park in Nether Langwith. There are two waymarked trails taking you to the park's viewpoint and the nature reserve. The paths are well surfaced.|
Adjacent to Poulter Country Park is Scarcliffe Park where you will find a series of lovely woodland walking trails.
|Royal Shrovetide Football Challenge||19 miles (31 km)||This walk celebrates the Royal Shrovetide Football Match which occurs annually on Shrove Tuesday in the town of Ashbourne. The game is played on a 3 mile long pitch and takes place over two days.|
The walk starts and ends in Ashbourne and follows waymarked tracks and country lanes through Kniveton, Tissington, Thorpe and Mapleton. The route includes a delightful waterside section along the River Dove from Thorpe to Church Mayfield.
Attractions on the route include the beautiful Jacobean Mansion at Tissington Hall. The mansion is set in lovely grounds and offers fabulous views of the Peak District.
|Sabrina Way||203 miles (327 km)||This route is part of the National Bridleroute Network and primarily designed for horse riders but can be used by walkers and cyclists also. The trail starts at the deer park at Great Barrington and heads north to Hartington. The route passes through the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills, the Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase Forest, before finishing in the Derbyshire Peak District. For cyclists a mountain bike or hybrid is advised.|
The route is waymarked with a blue arrow.
|Sheffield Country Walk||53 miles (85 km)||Explore the countryside around the city of Sheffield on this interesting circular walk. There's some truly splendid Peak District scenery to enjoy including views of Damflask (video below), Agden and Dale Dyke Reservoirs. You also pass Rother Valley Country Park and Stanage Edge - a popular spot for climbers.
The walk is wayamarked with a yellow and green arrow.
|Shining Cliff Woods||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy waymarked walking trails through this peaceful woodland near Ambergate. In the spring you'll find carpets of bluebells. Wildlife includes warblers, flycatchers and bramblings. The woods are near to the Derwent Valley Heritage Way, so you could pick this up and follow the River Derwent to continue your walk.|
|Shipley Country Park||6 miles (9 km)||This large country park near Ilkeston boasts 700 acres of attractive and varied landscape. In the park you'll find a number of lovely walking trails while the Nutbrook Trail cycle route also runs through the park.|
The trails visit Porter Wood, Mapperley Wood, Shipley Lake, Shipley Hill and Mapperley Reservoir. There's excellent facilities with a visitor centre, play areas, and a wildlife garden. The park is not far from both Derby and Nottingham.
|Staffordshire Way||95 miles (153 km)||Travel through Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire and enjoy canals, lakes, country parks and a series of pretty towns and villages.|
|Stanage Edge||10 miles (16.5 km)||Climb to the stunning gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge and then on to High Neb on this popular walk in the Peak District.|
The walk begins in the village of Hathersage and follows footpaths over the Hodd Brook to Cliff Wood. You climb towards Hurst Clough and North Lees before coming to Stanage Edge. The route then passes along the top of the rocky edge where you are likely to pass rock climbers on your way to the high point at High Neb. Here you can enjoy wonderful views over Hallam Moors and the Hope Valley.
You then return from High Neb along the edge to White Path Moss passing Robin Hood's cave on the way. You continue east to Upper Burbage Bridge where you turn south to Higger Tor for more wonderful views over the Peak District. You then descend back to Hathersage on country lanes and footpaths, passing Toothill Farm on the way.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Derwent Valley Heritage Way which runs through Hathersage along the River Derwent.
|Staunton Harold Reservoir||1 miles (1.2 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk along this 210 acre reservoir in Melbourne, Derbyshire. The reservoir has an excellent Visitor Centre with exhibitions, a pretty wildflower meadow with a variety of wildlife and peaceful woodland trails. There's a well surfaced footpath running from the visitor centre at the northern end of the lake. There's great views across the water to the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. You can also extend your walk by heading into the adjacent Calke Park. Here you will find woodland, ponds, meadows and a deer park.|
|Sudbury Hall||1 miles (2 km)||This wonderful 17th century mansion in Derbyshire boasts a superb Great Staircase, fine Long Gallery,exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings, classical story-based murals and portraits by John Michael Wright, and of Charles II's mistresses. Also of interest is The Museum of Childhood where you can relive nostalgic memories by exploring the childhoods of times gone by through various interactive displays. You can also step into the shoes of a Victorian pupil in the Victorian schoolroom or become a chimney sweep by taking on the chimney climb. |
Outside there are beautiful gardens with a super waterside walking trail around the pretty lake. There are also two star shaped parterres on the top terraces and planted topiary.
The hall is located in Ashbourne, Derbyshire - not far from Uttoxeter and Marchington.
|Thorpe Cloud||1 miles (2 km)||This short walk climbs to the top of Thorpe Cloud in the Peak District. This small hill can be climbed from the Dove Dale car park. It's a short climb on good footpaths with the reward of wonderful views over the beautiful Dovedale. |
Thorpe Cloud reaches a height of 287 m (942 ft). It was used in the 2010 film of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe.
To continue your walking in the area you could visit Ilam Park and Dovedale.
|Tissington Trail||13 miles (21 km)||The Tissington trail is a 13 mile off road path following the trackbed of a disused railway line through the stunning Peak District National Park.|
The trail is shared by walkers and cyclists offering fabulous views of the Derbyshire countryside. For more information on this trail, including picnic areas and cycle hire please click here
|Trans Pennine Trail||215 miles (346 km)||This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths. It starts on the Yorkshire coast at Hornsea and passes through Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester before finishing on the Merseyside coast at Southport.|
|Trent Valley Way||77 miles (124 km)||Follow the River Trent from Long Eaton in Derbyshire to West Stockwith in Nottinghamshire on this lovely waterside walk. The walk passes through Nottingham, Newark-on-Trent and a series of pretty riverside villages. |
On the path you will pass the Attenborough Nature Reserve, Newark Castle, several pretty locks, watermills and historic churches.
|Winnats Pass||5 miles (7.5 km)||This challenging circular walk in the Peak District takes you through this spectacular pass. The walk starts at the village of Castleton and climbs through Winnats Pass with its towering limestone pinnacles. It's a wonderful geological feature and worth the steep climb. On the way you'll pass Speedwell Cavern where you can take an amazing underground boat trip 450m under the Hills of Castleton. |
The walk makes use of the Limestone Way to return to Castleton, passing Cave Dale and the fascinating Mam Tor, Limestone Way. This ruined medieval castle has an amazing history stretching back to the Norman Conquest of 1066.
The walk can be extended to visit the nearby Mam Tor.