Discover miles of delightful trails, hidden valleys and tranquil dales on these quieter footpaths in the Peak District and Derbyshire.

Know Before You GoAlways plan your trip in advance. Park only in designated places and if an area is busy when you arrive, consider an alternative, quiter destination. Respect, Protect and Enjoy the area by following our visitor charter and staying #PeakDistrictProud.

1. Coombs Dale and Eyam

Through one of the lesser-know Peak District dales, this pretty walk takes you into a peaceful valley that's the perfect place for some quiet time. Wander along tranquil paths and over a scenic landscape fashioned through farming, quarrying, mining and mineral processing. Follow in the footsteps of 18th century highwayman 'Black Harry', who regularly patrolled here and end at the Plague Village of Eyam - known for the incredible sacrifice of its villagers during the Black Death in the 1600s. Click for details.

2. Peak Forest Canal, Whaley Bridge

The Peak Forest Canal is one of Britain’s most scenic waterways, running through magnificent landscapes to the edge of the Peak District National Park. For much of its length, the canal runs alongside the pretty River Goyt. At the head of the scenic canal is Whaley Bridge, known as the 'Gateway to the Goyt Valley'. Click for details

3. Ashover Rock, near Matlock

One of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire, Ashover has a fascinating 15th century church, many historic buildings and stunning surrounding countryside. It lies about half way between Chesterfield to the north and Matlock to the south, providing the perfect place to escape the crowds. Click for details

4. Ogston Reservoir, near Alfreton

This scenic reservoir is a haven for wildlife-lovers. As you wander on an easy circular loop around the water's edge, soak up the stunning views and listen out for birdsong from the many species that can all this picturesque place home. Click for details

5. Eccles Pike and Chapel-en-le-Frith

Sometimes referred to as the 'Capital of the Peak District', the peaceful village of Chapel-en-le-Frith is steeped in history and was established by the Normans. Nearby walks include the Old Town Trail - a self-guided walking route around Chapel's historic centre - and the short 1.5-mile climb up to Eccles Pike, which has an amazing 360-degree panorama. Pause at the top and see if you can pick out all the major Dark Peak summits including Kinder Scout! Click for details

6. Melbourne to Swarkestone

In the tranquil south of the county, this easy 6 mile walk offers far-reaching views to the stunning riverside village of Swarkestone, through a landscape carved through by river, canal and railway. Enjoy the waterside views as you stroll around Melbourne Pool, catch sight of the magnificent Melbourne Hall and recharge your batteries with a trip to the charming Melbourne tea rooms. Click for details.

7. Chesterfield Canal

The Chesterfield Canal is a beautiful waterway, offering an oasis of calm just a stone's throw from the vibrant market town of Chesterfield (famed for its Crooked Spire). Built more than 200 years ago to transport lead, iron and coal to the River Trent, the 5-mile stretch of canal from Chesterfield to Staveley is now restored and a wonderful place to visit, known locally as the Cuckoo Way.
Start your walk from the Visitor Centre at Tapton Lock, where you’ll find friendly advice and a selection of walking and cycling maps and leaflets to help you explore. Click for details.

8. Hartington to Pilsbury Castle

This 7 ½ mile route takes you through the quaint and picturesque village of Hartington (the home of Derbyshire cheese-making) and through rolling countryside to the archaeological site of Pilsbury castle. The village is full of chocolate-box 18th century houses, and after you’ve stocked up on cheese at the famous Old Cheese Shop, begin your walk to Pilsbury Castle.
This is one of the best examples of a motte and bailey castle in the whole of Derbyshire, and is thought to have been built in 110 by the Normans! Looking over the River Dove, the earthworks that remain of this castle make for a lovely setting for a (cheesy) picnic. Click for details

9. Shipley Country Park

Set in 700 acres of rolling hills, wildflower meadows and tranquil lakes teeming with wildlife, Shipley Country Park and Visitor Centre offers plenty of opportunity to escape the crowds. The Shipley Estate was an ancient manor mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), when it was recorded as belonging to Gilbert of Ghent, the nephew of William the Conqueror. Then in the 18th century, it was developed as a country estate and coal mining area by the influential Miller Mundy family.
Today, it offers a great day out, with superb play areas and self-guided trails. The Nutbrook Trail is a traffic-free route running through the park, from Heanor to Long Eaton, ideal for both walking and cycling. Click for details

10. Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derby

Elvaston Castle Country Park is truly magical and steeped in history, with 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens to explore. At the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece (not open to the public) designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s based on the original house dating back to 1633.
Enjoy a picnic at sites across the park or come and discover the sculpture trail, children’s play area, lake and Local Nature Reserve. Don't miss nearby Allestree Park, another gem on the outskirts of the city. Click for details

Know Before You GoAlways plan your trip in advance. Park only in designated areas and if an area is busy when you arrive, consider an alternative, quiter destination. Ensure your visit is in line with the latest Goverment guidelines and always Respect, Protect and Enjoy the area by following our visitor charter and staying #PeakDistrictProud

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    Looking forward to sampling some of these walks within the next few months. The canal walks look ideal and easier for two 70 plus retirees.

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