10 great walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire
From challenging hikes to relaxing riverside strolls, here's a handy list of some of the best walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire.
Here’s a handy list of some of the best walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire, ranging from challenging hikes to relaxing riverside strolls.
Experience the diversity of this fascinating National Park, such as the famous dark gritstone of Kinder Scout and the magnificent gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, just two examples of how every Peak District walking route has its own unique characteristics.
The villages of Castleton and Bakewell in Derbyshire are two very popular starting points for walks in the Peak District and are also great places to stay, with a host of charming pubs, hotels and self-catering cottages welcoming walkers.
One of these walks has incredible historic and cultural importance; Kinder Scout, starting from Hayfield, is the route walked by the brave ramblers who took part in the Mass Trespass. Having occurred 85 years ago this spring, this peaceful protest paved the way for the Access Land to become free to explore, as at that time, in 1932, walking on owned land was forbidden.
There are also two walking routes that take you around the grounds of Chatsworth, giving you a chance to see the ‘Palace of the Peak’ in the stunning surroundings of the rolling Derbyshire hills.
Whenever you are walking in the Peak District and Derbyshire, it's always important to plan your route, bring a map, wear suitable footwear and keep a compass handy.
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1. Mam Tor and the Great Ridge
Trails Castleton, Mam Tor & The Great Ridge Walk
An exhilarating 6½ mile walk with the option to extend to 8 miles. It includes one of the best ridge walks in the country, with superb views of the Edale and Hope Valleys and the edge of Kinder Scout.
2. Hathersage to Stanage Edge
Trails Hathersage to Stanage Edge Walk
A 9 mile walk from the village of Hathersage up onto Stanage Edge and back, with superb views of the Derwent and Hope Valleys, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.
3. Bakewell, Edensor and Chatsworth
Trails Bakewell to Chatsworth Walk
An interesting 6 or 8 mile walk through woods and fields to visit Chatsworth House in its setting beside the River Derwent
4. Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge
Trails Longshaw Estate & Padley Gorge Walk
This beautiful walk starts and ends in the peaceful Longshaw Estate, owned and managed by the National Trust.
5. Kinder Scout
Trails Edale to Kinder Scout Walk
This circular walk takes you from the pretty village of Edale to the windswept moors of the Kinder plateau, the highest point in the Peak District.
6. Hartington and the River Dove
Trails Hartington - The Dales of the River Dove Walk
This beautiful walk starts and ends in the pretty Peak District village of Hartington and takes you beside the sparkling River Dove through some of the finest lime stone dales in the area.
7. Heights of Abraham to Matlock
Trails Heights of Abraham to Matlock Walk
Take this short walk from the Peak District Mining Museum at Matlock Bath to Matlock via the Heights of Abraham and Masson Hill.
8. Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale
Trails Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Hall walk
This countryside walk starts and ends in the market town of Bolsover and links together two historically significant buildings, Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale Hall.
9. Cromford Mill & Village
Trails Cromford Mill & Village Walk
Explore the home of the Industrial Revolution and discover Derbyshire’s rich history on this 6 or 8 mile walk.
10. Birchen Edge to Chatsworth
Trails Birchen Edge to Chatsworth walk
This 7-mile circular walk takes in Birchen Edge, Chatsworth and Dobb Edge- all of which are gems of the Peak District. Chatsworth and the surrounding Derbyshire countryside are home to some of the most stunning views in the area, whichever direction you look. There are three places that you could…
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