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Walking In Peak District

Walking in the Peak District offers a diverse and delightful mixture of countryside from which to choose. You may prefer to trek across exposed moorland where walkers now have more freedom to roam, thanks to the recently introduced Access rights. Alternatively there are easier paths to pursue, especially around the White Peak where walkers can descend into the Derbyshire Dales and follow riverside paths, woodland tracks or simply cross fields and stiles over an undulating landscape with glorious far-reaching views. The Peak District is carefully managed by the National Park Authority and local Councils, with the emphasis on providing a safe and enjoyable environment whilst successfully retaining a balance between visitors and the conservation and preservation of its countryside, flora, fauna and wildlife.

Walks in the Peak District here is a far different prospect. Peak District towns and villages are steeped in history and character, with some offering walk guides for visitors to wander around at will and to explore, investigate or just appreciate the wonderful architecture,curiosities and to hopefully gain an insight into Derbyshire past and present.

This walk, with breathtaking views of The Goyt and surrounding hillsides, covers an area much changed over the last 150 years.  Whilst anyone travelling forward in time from that era would probably still recognise it from the lie of the land, they would be amazed at the differences that have occurred in this beautiful Peak District valley. Although only approximately 3 ½ miles long, the walk takes in varied terrain and changing scenery almost from the start, which, incidentally is about half-way down Goyt’s Lane, off the...
A Short Walk in The Goyt Valley
Crowden Clough The climb up Crowden is a challenge for any fell runner: uneven, loose, slippery and so steep in its upper reaches that most people will be slowed to a hands on knees walk.  But the rewards are fantastic views and good running on the path flanking the Kinder plateau. Accessed from Upper Booth rather than Edale, Crowden sees less traffic than its neighbour Grindsbrook Clough but shares the same characteristics.  Starting in Edale I work my way through a network of fields and footpaths to Upper Booth and...
CROWDEN & KINDER
My favourite running area is the Burbage Valley, close to Hathersage in the Peak District.  It is only 10km from the city centre yet gives the feel of being rugged and remote, especially if you can avoid the weekend crowds. There is plenty of parking at the top and bottom of the valley and a choice of terrain to run on including trail, fell and steep hill.  It has everything an off road runner needs and if you park at the Fox House you can reward your efforts with a little "liquid refreshment" afterwards. I took advantage a brief...
A Burbage Evening – Racing Clouds
For experienced hill-walkers only.  About ten miles with challenging terrain in parts. The OS 1:25000 “Dark Peak” map and good compass are essential, as is a stick for testing the ground, before you commit to tread. Black Hill.  A sinister sounding name; a dark reputation.  The second, challenging day for walkers attempting the full length of The Pennine Way; a grim summit of black, boggy peat, stained even blacker by the industrial grime brought on the howling wind from the Lancashire mills. The reality...
Black Hill Circular
For experienced hill-walkers only.  About ten miles with challenging terrain in parts. OS 1:25000 map and good compass are essential. Bleaklow sits brooding at the centre of the High Peak, a high, boggy plateau with a sinister reputation; yet it has its picturesque aspects, also.  This walk takes in some of the very best scenery that the Peak District has to offer as well as some impressive industrial heritage. The walk begins at the Torside Car Park which will be found on the B6105, the Glossop to Crowden road.  OS Grid...
Bleaklow Circular
 A nice day in the middle of all this bad weather! We decided, as it was a short day for us due to other commitments, to go close to home – Buxton, to be precise. Sue said it was AGES since we’d been to the folly known as Solomon’s Temple, or Grinlow tower, so that’s where I pointed the map! We parked up at the side of the park. As this walk was a few weeks ago ), the daffs were out in force. This is looking over the pond in the middle of Buxton central park.   We left the park and climbed out of town,...
Folly Jolly by Les Singleton
It’s that super time of the year again where everything is new, alive and BURSTING to get out there! We know where the best spots for wild flowers are, and never tire of visiting them when they are at their best. The walk started from Wardlow Mires, where our favourite pub, the Three Stags is. Jeff, the landlord, kindly gave us permission to park there for the day. Here’s the unusual sign. No ordinary painted board for the Stags! It’s a quirky place, and their sense of humour is nicely summed up by this sign in the small...
Flower Power
About five miles; fairly easy going, with a few difficult stiles. The starting point of this walk is not in the village of Ellastone itself, but down at the magnificent bridge over the River Dove, (on the B5033).  Just before the bridge there is a kind of lay-by on the right (if you are approaching from the Ellastone direction) which makes for easy parking on this fairly quiet road. The first thing you will want to do is to have a short explore along the footpaths that lead along the River Dove in either direction, as the famous...
A Walk Around Ellastone
Alport, a satellite of Youlgrave,  nestles ¾ mile downstream of its larger neighbour at the confluence of the Rivers’ Lathkill and Bradford.  It is a sleepy little hamlet which sits quietly between the waters in one of the most picturesque, yet lesser-known beauty spots of the Peak District. On the “B” road which passes through, you will find lay-bys either side of the road where you may park, and the walk begins where the Lathkill cascades down a series of small weirs before going under the road to meet...
A Short Walk from Alport
After feeling a bit ‘stir crazy’, because we’d not been for a proper walk for about a month, we decided to get out and into the Manifold valley. If you’ve never been here, you’re missing a magical place. The walking here is always what the books would call ‘strenuous’, as you’re forever dropping into, and climbing out of, deep valleys. That aside, the rewards are – well – MANIFOLD! It’s one of my very favourite dales, and it’s where I first fell in love with the great...
Magical Manifold by Les Singleton
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