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Derbyshire Walks,
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Much of the walking in Derbyshire is contained within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park. Both the White Peak and limestone dales and the moors and gritstone edges of the Dark Peak are available within this county. Elsewhere there are many interesting walks featuring countryside, historic houses and industrial heritage. All walks are free to download and print. All routes have GPS files.


White Peak - Manifold Valley & Dovedale Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Dramatic Dovedale and its sister dales are typical of the White Peak with limestone outcrops a character of the landscape. The Manifold Valley, lying to the west of Dovedale, also has much to offer walkers including Thor's Cave perched high on the valley side. Between the Dove and Manifold valleys lies high ground, including Ecton Hill and the villages of Alstonefield and Wetton which provide a good base for Peak District walks in this area.

Where to stay - Hartington, Alstonefield, Wetton, Grindon and Ashbourne are all convenient for this area.

1021Milldale & Hall Dale from Alstonefieldeasy/mod5.00
1594Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington easy5.50
2682River Dove & Reynard's Lane from Hartingtoneasy/mod5.60
1593Beresford, Wolfscote & Biggin Dales from Hartington easy/mod6.20
1595Dove Valley, Biggin Dale & Biggin from Hartington easy/mod6.80
2079Beresford & Wolfescote Dales from Hartingtoneasy/mod7.20
1195A high-level Dovedalemoderate9.50

White Peak - Upper Dove Valley & Chrome Hill Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill (the Dragon's Back) are the main attractions in this area. As you head up towards the source of the River Dove the scenery gets wilder and more dramatic.

Where to stay - Hartington and Longnor are convenient for this area.

1861Chrome and Parkhouse Hills from Earl Sterndaleeasy/mod5.00
1042Pilsbury Castle from Hartingtoneasy/mod5.50
3709Sparklow, Crowdicote & Pilsbury Circulareasy/mod9.00

White Peak - High Peak & Lathkill Dale Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Lathkill Dale is popular with walkers. Its varied scenery adds to its appeal. Elsewhere in the High Peak you can explore the remains of the once flourishing lead mining industry, marvel at the dry-stone walls that stretch for miles or enjoy an easy walk along a disused railway.

Where to stay - Hartington, Monyash, Youlgreave and Bakewell are convenient for this area.

1369Tissington Trail - Hartington to Parsley Heyeasy4.00
3046Lathkill Dale from Monyasheasy4.00
1410Minninglow Hill, Roystone Grange and Cardlemere Laneeasy/mod5.50
1945Lathkill Dale from Over Haddoneasy/mod5.70
1206Chelmorton & Flagg from Taddingtoneasy/mod6.00
1589Lathkill & Bradford Dales (short version) easy/mod6.00
1827Magpie Mine & Over Haddon from Ashford-in-the Water easy/mod7.10
1569Lathkill Dale & Bradford Dale easy/mod8.20
1590Monyash & Lathkill Dale easy/mod8.20
2301Biggin & Parsley Hay from Hartingtoneasy/mod9.50
1146Bradford and Lathkill Dales from Monyashmoderate11.25

White Peak - Stanton Moor & Winster Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Stanton Moor with its Nine Ladies stone circle offers great views and many interesting things to explore. The villages of Birchover and Winster are worth exploring too.

Where to stay - Bakewell, Winster, Stanton and Matlock are convenient for this area.

3196Stanton Moor and Robin Hood's Stride from Winstereasy/mod7.00
2559Stanton Moor & The Nine Ladies Stones from Winstermoderate9.00
2503Robin Hood's Stride & Stanton Moormoderate11.00

White Peak - Miller's Dale, Bakewell & Monsal Trail Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - The Monsal Trail follows an old railway and takes you from Bakewell through a number of scenic dales including Miller's Dale. Monsal Head is a great place to visit to savour the view into the dale far below.

Where to stay - Bakewell, Tideswell, Taddington and Ashford in the Water are convenient for this area.

3018Cracknowl and the Monsal Trail from Bakewelleasy3.50
1650Miller's Dale & Cressbrook Dale from Tideswell Daleeasy/mod5.50
3341Brushfield, Miller's Dale & Monsal Head from Lees Bottom easy/mod6.50
2573Tideswell, Miller's & Cressbrook Dales from Littoneasy7.00
1043Chelmorton & the Monsal Traileasy/mod8.10
1651Monsal Trail & Ashford-in-the-Water from Lees Bottom easy/mod8.75
2627Cromford to Bakewellmoderate11.50
2798Bakewell to Edalemod/hard18.00

Dark Peak South - Edale & Kinder Scout Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - the Kinder Scout Plateau, especially the edges which circle this moor, including Ringing Roger, Grindsbrook, Ashop Head, Fairbrook Naze and Kinder Downfall. In addition the western fringes of this area including South Head.

Where to stay - Edale, Castleton and Hayfield are convenient for this area.

1113Ringing Roger & Grindslow Knoll from Edalemoderate5.50
1923Cown Edge & Whiteley Nab from Chunal easy/mod6.50
1489Blackden Brook, Kinder & Upper Ashopmoderate6.75
2637Coombs Ridge, Cown Edge from Broadbottomeasy/mod7.00
1686Cown Edge from Broadbottom easy/mod7.30
2635The edges of Combs Moss near Chapel-en-le-Fritheasy/mod7.50
1159★☩Grindsbrook & Edale Head from Edalemoderate7.50
2534Chinley Churn & South Headeasy/mod7.50
1174Kinder Low & Mount Famine from Hayfieldmoderate7.50
2514★☩Fair Brook & Kinder Downfall from Birchen Cloughmoderate8.00
1182★☩Kinder Downfall from Hayfieldmoderate8.00
1300★☩Hope Cross & Ringing Roger from Edalemoderate8.00
2507★☩South Head & Edale Cross from Hayfieldmoderate8.00
2546★☩Lantern Pike & Cown Edge from Rowartheasy/mod8.00
1227★☩Fair Brook & Kinder Northern Edges from Birchen Cloughmoderate8.50
3350★☩The Summit of Kinder Scout via The Cloughsmoderate8.50
3407★☩Chinley to Edale without a carmoderate9.25
3238★☩Fairbrook Naze & Ashop Head from Birchen Cloughmoderate9.30
2622★☩The Sett Valley & edge of Kinder without a carmoderate10.00
1295★☩Ringing Roger & Edale Cross from Edalemoderate10.00
1264★☩Rushup Edge & Crowden Tower from Edalemoderate10.00
3298★☩Oyster Clough & Blackden Edge from Birchen Cloughmoderate11.40
2599★☩Kinder, Edale and Castleton Ridge from Hopemod/hard13.50
2615★☩The Kinder Edges from Edalemod/hard18.00

Dark Peak South - Castleton Great Ridge & Mam Tor Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - the Great Ridge at Castleton linking Mam Tor with Lose Hill is one the great walks of the Peak District. Other attractions include Winnats Pass, Peveril Castle and Rushup Edge. An excellent for Peak District walks and very popular in good weather.

Where to stay - Castleton, Hope, and Edale are convenient for this area.

1831Mam Tor & Hollins Cross easy3.00
1519Speedwell Cavern circular from Casteltoneasy4.25
1521Cave Dale and Winnats Pass from Castletoneasy4.50
3426Lose Hill & Hollins Cross from Castleton easy/mod5.00
1665Hollins Cross & Lose Hill from Castleton easy/mod6.00
1087★☩Mam Tor & Cave Dale from Castletonmoderate6.50
1706★☩Win Hill from Hopeeasy/mod6.50
2522Rushup Edge & Edale from Mam Nickmoderate7.00
1368★☩Mam Tor, Upper Booth and Rushup Edgemoderate7.00
2591Crook Hill & Ladybower Reservoireasy/mod7.50
2588★☩Win Hill & Hope Crossmoderate7.50
2595★☩The Great Ridge from Edalemoderate8.50
1286★☩Castleton Ridge from Hope villagemoderate8.50
1688★☩Old Dam & Sparrowpit from Mam Tor moderate9.00

Dark Peak South - Longendale & Bleaklow Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Bleaklow is wild and can be challenging but it does have its rewards. Grains-in-the-Water provides solitude and stunning moorland landscapes. Circular walks using sections of the Pennine Way are also a feature of this area.

Where to stay - Glossop and Crowden are convenient for this area.

2625Torside Clough from Longdendalemoderate4.50
3607Reservoirs Walk from Tintwistleeasy/mod5.50
1759Torside Clough & Longendale from Old Glossopmoderate7.40
3027Bleaklow Head from Longdendalemoderate8.00
1213Alport Castles from Fairholmemoderate8.50
2982Bleaklow & Higher Shelf Stones from the Snake Passmod/hard9.50
1168★☩Bleaklow from Old Glossopmoderate9.50
1756Bleaklow & The Longendale Trail from Woodheadmod/hard10.00
1486Harry Hut, Mill Hill & Doctor's Gate from near Glossopmoderate11.30
3049Bleaklow Stones from King's Tree, Derwent Valleymod/hard12.00
1116Grains in the Water & Alport Castlesmod/hard12.00

Dark Peak North - Black Hill & Dovestone Reservoir Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - circular walks based on the Pennine Way, the wild moorland around Black Hill, Laddow Rocks, the gritstone edges of Saddleworth Moor above Dovestone Reservoir and the wide open spaces of Wessenden Moor.

Where to stay - Holmfirth, Hadfield, Mossley and Marsden are convenient for this area.

3174Saltersbrook and Lady Cross from Woodheadeasy/mod6.00
1179Lad's Leap & Laddow Rocksmoderate6.50
2621Crowden, Black Hill & Laddow Rocksmoderate9.00
3022Black Hill & Laddow Rocks from Crowdenmoderate9.00
1703Longdendale from Hadfield Stationeasy/mod9.00

Eastern Moors - Sheffield area & Derwent Edge Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Derwent Edge above the Derwent valley offers great walking with many interesting rock formations to discover, the many reservoirs on the western fringes of Sheffield and their surrounding countryside, and the wild moors that dominate this area.

Where to stay - Hathersage, Bamford, Grindleford and Sheffield are convenient for this area.

1539Flask Edge and Bar Brook Moor from Shillito Woodmoderate9.40
1479Sheffield Country Walk - Burbage Moor & Redmireseasy/mod9.75
1219Back Tor & the Wheel Stones from Fairholmemoderate10.25
1098Howden Edge from Derwent Valleymod/hard14.00

Eastern Moors - Gritstone Edges, Higger Tor & Longshaw Estate Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - the gritstone edges offer level walking and superb views and include Stanage Edge, Burbage Rocks, and Froggatt Edge. The area around the Longshaw Estate including Higger Tor and Padley Gorge also offers some excellent Peak District walks.

Where to stay - Hathersage, Bamford, and Grindleford are convenient for this area.

1169Baslow Edge & Wellington's Monumenteasy3.50
1093Higger Tor & Burbage Rocks from Longshaweasy/mod5.30
1090Stanage Edge from Dennis Knoll, nr. Bamfordmoderate7.00
2515The River Derwent, Curbar, Baslow & Froggatt Edgeseasy/mod7.50
1240Curbar, Froggatt & White Edges from Curbar Gapeasy/mod8.00
2548Stanage Edge from Hathersagemoderate8.50
2520Higger Tor & the Longshaw Estatemoderate9.00
3540The Derwent Edge from Cutthroat Bridgemoderate10.00
1273Burbage Rocks & Padley Gorge from Hay Woodmoderate11.00

Eastern Moors - Abney Moor & Chatsworth Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Abney Moor offers some great walks and is less busy than adjacent areas. The extensive Chatsworth Estate also offers great walking with Chatsworth House and the estate villages providing plenty of interest along the route.

Where to stay - Hope, Bradwell, Grindleford and Eyam are convenient for this area.

3620Bretton Clough & Abney Mooreasy/mod6.00
3557Chatsworth Park from Calton Leeseasy/mod6.50
1270North and South of Abneyeasy/mod7.20
1080Shatton Moor and Offerton from Bradwelleasy/mod7.50
1100★☩Abney Moor & Bretton Clough from Hucklowmoderate8.50
1014Coombs Dale, Longstone Edge & Pilsleymoderate10.00

Western Moors - Lyme Park, Shining Tor & Goyt Valley Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Lyme Park with its historic house and grounds, Shining Tor (the highest point in Cheshire) and the ridge to Cats Tor, Pym Chair and Windgather Rocks, and the Goyt Valley with Errwood and Fernilee Reservoirs lying amidst glorious scenery.

Where to stay - Disley, Whaley Bridge, Bollington and Buxton are convenient for this area.

3136Shining Tor & Goyt's Clough from Derbyshire Bridgeeasy/mod5.10
2576Fernilee Reservoir, Goyt Valleyeasy6.00
3510Shining Tor, Cats Tor & Foxlow Edgeeasy/mod7.00
1092Taxal Edge, Jenkin Chapel & Pym Chair from Errwoodmoderate8.50

South and East Derbyshire Walks

1460Hardwick Hall parkeasy2.50
1378Carsington circular from Brassingtoneasy4.50
2801Duffield & the Chevineasy4.75
3672Carsington Water, Hognaston & Madge Hilleasy/mod5.50
1379Brassington, Carsington and Harboro Rockseasy/mod5.75
2701Harboro Rocks & Brassington from Carsingtoneasy/mod6.50
2899Cromford Canal & Black Rocks from High Peak Junctioneasy/mod6.75
2619Belper to Cromford, Amber Valleymoderate7.50
1608Calke Abbey & Robin Wood from Ticknalleasy/mod8.00
1836The Moss Valley from Fordmoderate9.30
2218Cocking Tor from the outskirts of Matlockmoderate9.50
2993Carsington, Brassington & the Cromford and High Peak Railwaymoderate9.50
2456Flask Edge from Dronfield Woodhousemoderate10.00

Walks that start in adjacent counties / areas.

Walks that start in adjacent counties or areas but cross the boundary and include sections of the route within Derbyshire

WalkDescriptionStarts In
1183Shining Tor & Axe Edge MoorCheshire
1652Three Shires Head from Danebower Hollow Cheshire
1233Shining Tor & Windgather Rocks from LamaloadCheshire
1728Axe Edge Moor & Three Shires HeadCheshire
2233Flash & Three Shires Head from Danebower Hollow Cheshire
3323Three Shires Head & Knotbury from Gradbach Staffordshire
3197Flash, Knotbury & Three Shires Head from Gradbach Staffordshire
2723Pilsbury Castle, Hartington & Sheen from Longnor Staffordshire
3131Thorpe Cloud and the Dove ValleyStaffordshire
3445The Dragon's Back (Chrome Hill) from HollinscloughStaffordshire
1709Milldale and Wolfscote Dale from AlstonefieldStaffordshire
3601Dove & Manifold Valleys from AlstonefieldStaffordshire
2531Upper Dove Valley from HollinscloughStaffordshire
1862Earl Sterndale and High Wheeldon from LongnorStaffordshire
2545High Edge & Chrome Hill from HollinscloughStaffordshire
2837Parkhouse & Chrome Hills from LongnorStaffordshire
3455The Manifold Valley, Wetton and Dovedale from IlamStaffordshire
1257Wolfscote Dale from AlstonefieldStaffordshire
1185Chrome Hill from HolinscloughStaffordshire
1475Bunster Hill and Dovedale from IlamStaffordshire
1697Marsden to Edale challengeWest Yorkshire
2231The Eastern EdgesSouth Yorkshire
2235Bamford & Stanage Edges from Rod Side South Yorkshire
1687Broomhead & Howden Moors South Yorkshire
1541Stanage & Ughill Moor South Yorkshire
1522Back Tor, Bradfield Moors and ReservoirsSouth Yorkshire
3401From Langsett to Crowden via WoodheadSouth Yorkshire

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