Walking Routes in Derbyshire

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 Derbyshire Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk17 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 Park3 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.
Centenary Way25 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 Park6 miles (9 km)A circuit around the splendid Chatsworth Park in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Cown Edge Way17 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.
Cuckoo Way46 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 Way41 miles (66 km)Follow the River Dane through Derbyshire and Cheshire on this fabulous walk from Buxton to Middlewich.
Derwent Valley Heritage Way51 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.
The walk is waymarked with a yellow arrow on a purple disc.
Dronfield 2000 Rotary Walk11 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 Park2 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 Way14 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 to Etherow 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 Trail6 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.
Goyt Way10 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 Park1 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.
Heights of Abraham3 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. The Derwent Valley Heritage Way runs through the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the River Derwent if you have time.
High Peak Trail17 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 Park1 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.
Kedleston Hall2 miles (3.6 km)Explore the 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.
Limestone Way46 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.
Longdendale Trail8 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 Estate4 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.
Midland Railway Centre3 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.
Monsal Trail10 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.
Pennine Bridleway120 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
Poole's Cavern and Buxton Country Park2 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.
Poolsbrook Country Park2 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.
Royal Shrovetide Football Challenge19 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 Way203 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 Walk53 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.
Shipley Country Park6 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 Way95 miles (153 km)Travel through Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire and enjoy canals, lakes, country parks and a series of pretty towns and villages.
Sudbury Hall1 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.
Tissington Trail13 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 Trail215 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 Way77 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.

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