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Whether you are looking for a short pub walk from Monyash or you want to step into the wilderness of Big Moor’s Gritstone Edges this page has loads of Peak District Walks to tempt you off the couch and into some of the most glorious countryside in the country.With estimated timings, degrees of difficulty, advice on equipment and a list of what to look out for, these walks are the perfect way to get the most out of your walks in the Peak District.There are village walks, town walks, steep and difficult walks and some more gentle strolls and all within sight of the Peak District’s National Park.

Start at: Monsal Head Grid ref: SK185 715 Difficulty: Medium Distance: 9 km From the car park in front of the Monsal Head Hotel go to the top of the hill and go through the highest stile to gain a signposted footpath to “Monsal Dale”.  Follow the footpath downhill to a footbridge, passing a weir on the way, and bear left alongside the river. Follow this riverside path to the end of the valley where a signpost to “White Lodge” provides the way ahead. Cross a stile and a road to emerge in the car...
Monsal Head – Sheldon – Ashford in the Water – Monsal Head
Here is a walk that is shorter than others I have done recently, and is therefore more suitable for older ones and families with younger children. The walk is about 3 miles and the estimated time is about two and a half hours, but this depends on the walkers. The walk begins at Hooks Carr car park, not far outside of Hathersage. This area can get quite busy, as it is a popular site for rock climbing and bouldering, as well as for walkers. The route is a small circular up to Stanedge Edge, along the top, and then back down towards the car...
A Short Walk - Peak District Walks
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
Start at: Edale Grid ref: SK123855 Distance: 15.0 kilometres Total ascent: 612 meters Approx. time needed: 4 hrs 46 mins Map: OL1 Dark Peak Kinder Scout from Edale From the main car park walk, or the railway station, take the road into the village past the Tourist Information Centre on the right hand to The Nag's Head pub - the official start of the Pennine Way. Shortly after the pub turn right at the “Grindsbrook” signpost to a wooden bridge and a gate that allows access to the open moorland...
Kinder Scout from Edale - Peak District Walks
Start at: Stoney Middleton Grid ref: SK227756 Difficulty: Easy Scramble element: Walking Distance: 7.6 kilometres Total ascent: 346 meters Approx. time needed: 2 hrs 30 mins Stoney Middleton Circular Park by the side of the road opposite the Lovers Leap Cafe and walk follow the road into the village, towards Calver.  Continue past The Moon public house before turning right onto a narrow lane marked with both "Private Road" and "Public Footpath Coombs Dale" signs. Follow this lane as it slowly...
Tuesday dawned nice, and our first day off for - oooooo - THREE DAYS ;-) We'd just got back from ten days in Gran Canaria, so to go from this; To walking in snow was a bit of a shock to the system! However, we'd not done any 'serious' walking for two or three weeks, so Sue suggested a pull up onto Kinder Scout. This meant a climb of almost 2,000 feet, even on a nice day like today, at this time of the year, Kinder could be very 'UNKinder', weather and temperature-wise. Although it was set fair all day, we took no chances and wore...
Scouting for views by Les Singleton
Most people heading for the Peak District aim for the dramatic scenery of the higher moors of the Dark Peak or the sheltered Dales, but this walk, easily accessible from Sheffield or Chesterfield, is just as lovely and makes a change from the tourist hot-spots.  Not that it isn’t popular; any fine Sunday throughout the year will find families enjoying a stroll through the woodland near the main Linacre car park, but this walk sets out from a less obvious starting point. Our walk begins in the village of Old Brampton, a...
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
This is a wonderful short walk of about 4 miles amongst some of the best scenery that The White Peak has to offer.  It is one of our most popular guided Nature Walks. A good place to start is the green in the centre of the pretty village of Monyash.  Dominating the green are the 'King' and 'Queen' trees, planted to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1910.  Next to the trees, look out for the war memorial, and a market cross, the base of which dates back to the 14th century when Monyash was granted a...
Delightful Dales with Peak Walking Adventures
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
This is a fairly short circular walk with a moderate terrain and a small amount of climbing. To get to the start of walk, go along the A6 from Bakewell heading towards Ashford. After passing Ashford take the next left. Then when the road bears left, there is a small entrance straight ahead. This is the start of the path. The path begins by the side of the River Wye, which meanders through the dale. Further down the path, we approached what appeared to be an old derelict mill. At this point, the path creeps behind the mill, and is then...
Sheldon via Deep Dale and Magpie Mine
On the A6, a few miles to the east of Buxton is a large lay-by on the left beyond Topley Pike and this is the start of a 7.5 mile walk which takes in the little-known village of Wormhill and one of the Peak District’s most  spectacular river paths. At the far end of the lay-by, a zigzag route – part of the Pennine Bridleway –takes you down the steep hill, over the Monsal Trail at the bottom, then over a footbridge crossing the Wye at Blackwell Farm Cottages. Just after the footbridge the bridleway turns right, so...
Start at: The Street Grid ref: SK013 756 Difficulty: Medium Distance: 8.5 km From the car park at the bottom of The Street walk down to the embankment between Fernilee and Errwood Reservoirs. Don’t cross the embankment, but instead take the path through a hole in the wall on the left next to a small plantation. The path follows the edge of Fernilee Reservoir through the extensive coniferous plantation. On reaching Jep Clough the path divides with the route on taking the left hand branch to cross the appropriately named Deep...
Start at: Hulme End . Grid ref: SK103 592 . Difficulty: Moderate . Distance: 9.5 km . From the car park on Hartington Road at Hulme End turn left along the road and continue to a path on the right immediately after the farm. Cross the fields moving diagonally left as you go, passing Hollow Farm on your right via a stile in the middle of the hedge. The path now leads to a gate and wooden stile then diagonally right to find a gate in the wall at the far end which brings you out at the road. Cross the road, with Warslow Hall to your...
 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
‘Dovedale Delights’ is a full day guided walk in beautiful hills and a deep limestone gorge of the White Peak area.  Dovedale is perhaps the best known of the Peak District’s limestone dales and has been a favourite holiday destination for decades.  Our walk explores some of the quieter paths and trails in the hills away from the main tourist route in the bottom of the valley but still includes a crossing of the famous Dovedale stepping stones. From the tiny hamlet of Milldale, you will walk up a steep...
Dovedale Delights, Guided Walk with Peak Walking Adventures
Region: Peak District Start at: Poole's Cavern Difficulty: Medium Distance: 16.8 kilometres From the car park turn left and follow the road to the traffic lights at Burbage, just after the Duke of York pub on the right. Cross at the lights and take Macclesfield Old Road uphill. At the end of the road the road turns into a track across the moors. Follow the track uphill to just before its highest point, where a footpath heads off left. The path rises gently over open moorland to meet the main Buxton to Macclesfield road,...
Buxton & 3 Shires Head
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
We started our walk today in one of Derbyshire's oldest villages, Winster. It was very big during the lead mining era, and used to have a superb seat decorated with lumps of lead. Of course, these didn't last long before they were stolen. This is a photo of just one of many very old date plaques on houses and cottages in the village.   This is Winster's biggest claim to fame, the market house. It's now an information point, but it still 'looks the part', standing as it does on the main corner of the village.   A REAL...
A walk from Winster
I’d heard intriguing things about the Hermit’s Cave at Cratcliffe Tor and we used my partner’s birthday lunch in Birchover as an opportunity to visit this magical place. Starting at the Red Lion, Main Street, turn right out of the pub and walk down the street, heading west.  The main village street bears right, into The Mires. Don’t follow this but go straight on down the track ahead, which is a continuation of Main Street.  On the right is the Druid Inn, and above that is Rowtor.  This fascinating...
Walk from Birchover to the Hermit’s Cave and back
Mid to late August is a fantastic time to walk on the Peak Districts moorlands as the heather is in flower giving the impression that many of our moors are carpeting in purple!  There are only a few weeks in the year that you can see this wonderful display so if you can time your walking holiday or day walk in the Peak around now, it is well worth it. Moors that are particularly beautiful at present, include Stanton Moor, Eyam Moor, Bamford Moor, Win Hill, Kinder Scout, and Burbage Moor, to name just a few!  There are...
Peak Walking Adventures - Heather covered Moors
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
  This walk is available as a guided walk with your own personal walking guide to ‘bring the countryside to life’ by sharing their local knowledge with you.  Contact Cath at Peak Walking Adventures on 07870 778585 to arrange this, or try the walk on your own.   The walk is approximately 6 miles on footpaths through fields, tracks, and roads with some hills.   It involves climbing over stiles, one of which is quite narrow.  You should ensure that you are properly equipped for walking in...
A walk from the Crown Inn, Higham
Start at: Rising Sun . Grid ref: SK032 678 . Difficulty: Easy . Distance: 8 km . From the Rising Sun turn left along the main road to Leek and follow it for a couple of hundred metres to the road to Flash village on the right. Walk on through the village to where a small lane heads off to the right just as the buildings come to an end. Almost immediately up this lane a path heads off right into the fields. Follow the path gently up Oliver Hill using the wall on your left to guide you. When the wall runs out cross the fields ahead...
Start at: Hope Grid ref: SK171835 Distance: 13.9 kilometres Total ascent: 553 meters Approx. time needed: 4 hrs 30 mins Hope and Castleton circular From the car park in the middle of Hope turn right along the road, then right again onto Pindale road. Almost immediately a right turn brings you to a path that follows Peakshole Water upstream into Castleton. Join the main road as it enters Castleton and follow it round the ninety degree bend, turning left then walking up past the Youth Hostel to the start of Cave...
Hope and Castleton circular - Peak District Walks
Start at: Chinley Railway Station Grid ref: SK038 827 Difficulty: Medium Distance: 8 km From the railway station take a short section of road up to Dryclough Farm and shortly afterwards a signpost and a stile on your right. The path climbs steadily alongside a wall to contour the flank of Chinley Churn below the old flagstone quarries of Cracken Edge. Beyond the quarries the path improves as the ground becomes less disturbed, but to counteract this the navigation gets a little more complicated and less direct. At the crossroads...
If you are looking for somewhere to go for a picnic, that is accessible, yet wild, you need go no further than the banks of the River Wye in Monsal Dale at the very heart of the Peak District.  If you are driving, the place to park is off the A6, approximately mid-way between Ashford-in-the-Water and Taddington - an area known as Lees Bottom.  This pay and display car park is managed by the Peak District National Park Authority.  At the top end of the car park you will find a short path leading down towards the busy...
On the Banks of the Wye - The Peak District’s Perfect Picnic Place
Running in the Peak District on autumn mornings often means setting off in damp grey conditions.  The colder nights combined with the still relatively warm ground can lead to early morning mist and fog, especially in the valleys.  However if the atmospheric conditions are right this low cloud can burn off giving fantastic views later in the day. I set off on one such morning for a run around the Burbage and Stanage area.  Getting out of the car the air is cold and damp without a breath of wind.  Moisture hangs heavy on...
Grey Skies to Blue
Start at: Trentabank Reservoir Grid ref: SJ960711 Difficulty: Medium Distance: 20.5 kilometres Total ascent: 894 meters Approx. time needed: 6 hrs 37 mins Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor From the Car Park at Trentabank Reservoir take the short path to the right, alongside the road, to join the main path heading that starts the climb through the forest. The path heads steadily uphill to a junction, where you turn left, guided by a wooden sign towards Shutlingsloe. Pass through a gate onto a bridleway which...
Shutlingsloe and Shining Tor - Peak District Walks
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
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