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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.

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
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...
This is a long walk, and whilst the terrain isn’t difficult, the walk requires a full day’s attention and shouldn’t be underestimated. There are a few options to shorten it, but it will likely be at least 13 miles if you aren’t planning on using public transport to return to Bakewell. It was a bank holiday Monday when we tackled this route, so rain was guaranteed, and duly came, lasting without let-up for the whole day. The walk leaves Bakewell by a path running behind Bakewell Junior School. To find it, walk...
Bakewell Circular – 16 miles
Start at: Longnor . Grid ref: SK 088 649 . Difficulty: Easy . Distance: 8 km . From the car park in the centre of Longnor head out of the village on the road towards Crowdecote and keep left when the road forks. Ignore the track to Gosselcroft but take the next track on the right and descend towards Bridge End Farm and the river. Cross the River Dove and turn right as you approach the farm to follow a path along the Crowdecote to Hartington ridge. The path now runs parallel to the river below, on the right, crossing several fields...
Approximate Time: 2.5 to 3 hours This is a very straightforward and fairly short walk through one of the Peak Districts most beautiful dales, and is suitable for walkers of all age groups as it has little climbing. Lathkill Dale is the Peak Districts most central dale, with a huge variety of wildlife and geological features. The walk begins at a small car park just outside the village of Monyash, on the right hand side of the B5055 heading towards Bakewell. There are some public toilets there as well.       The path...
Lathkill Dale-Monyash to Alport - Length: 5 miles
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
‘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
  Circular Walk Peter Sargeant & Anny Jones This circular walk starts in the nationally important Deep Dale nature reserve and heads via the picturesque upland village of Sheldon to the Magpie Mine – a Scheduled Ancient Monument and stark relic of the area’s lead mining industry – before returning to Deep Dale via Sheldon’s high limestone meadows. This walk is packed with interest and it’s easy going for almost all of the five mile route. The steepish final descent through Deep...
Sheldon village and Magpie Mine - Peak District Walks
This walk begins and ends in the popular Peak District town of Bakewell and is approximately 5 ½ miles in length.  It takes in mature woodland, rolling parkland and the chocolate box village of Edensor, on the spectacular Chatsworth Estate.  Most of the paths are well-walked and marked, but some through the woodland are less defined and can be slippery in wet weather, especially on the hilly parts. The easiest place to begin is at the back of the large modern cattle market (Grid Ref SK2268, Post code DE45 1BU) off Coombs...
Bakewell Circular Walk - Woods and Parklands
This walk, of just under 7 miles, begins and ends in the Peak District village of Great Longstone.  Great Longstone is located about a mile east of Monsal Head, gateway to one of Derbyshire’s best-loved tourist hot-spots, yet mysteriously manages to still be somewhat off the beaten-track.  If you have time, do explore this pretty village as there is much to see in terms of historic buildings, notably the magnificent hall and the sturdy-looking parish church of St Giles, which dates back to the 13th century. The church’s...
A Walk from Great Longstone
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
Start at: Cutthroat Bridge Grid ref: Difficulty: Medium Distance: 7.5 km From the layby turn left and follow the road the 200m down to Cutthroat Bridge and cross the busy road to take the footpath onto the moors, turning right almost immediately along the wide track.  The path slowly curves to the left before coming to a crossroads, with a ford over the stream to the right. Turn left here to head straight across Derwent Moors in a steady climb, crossing Highshaw Clough and passing two distinct sets of grouse butts...
Cutthroat Bridge – Derwent Moors - Cutthroat Bridge
Four to Five-and-a-Half Miles Easy paths and quiet lanes, but some boggy ground and steep climbs up to the rocks.   This walk takes in the fascinating small nature reserve at Goldsitch Moss and some classic Peak District rock formations. There is no official car park at Goldsitch Moss but if you turn off the A53 opposite the former Royal Cottage Inn, (The pub sign is still displayed on the front elevation) down a very minor road, you will come to a square of hard-standing set back on left-hand...
Goldsitch Moss to Ramshaw Rocks
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
Start at: Ilam . Grid ref: SK134 509 .  Difficulty: Medium  . Distance: 17.5km . From the village walk south to the River Manifold and take the path that runs along the banks of the river heading east. Follow the path as the river meanders to the right until you reach a footbridge. Cross the river using this bridge and continue through the fields, ignoring the bridge on the left and eventually reaching Rushley Farm. Take the farm track to your left and continue as the path contours to stay level through to Throwley...
Start at: Parwich . Grid ref: SK 187 544 . Difficulty: Easy . Distance: 8 km . From the centre of Parwich head along Dam Lane to where it bends to the right. Take the footpath on the left here and follow it through the fields for just over a kilometre ignoring paths heading off. Approaching Parish Lees go between the two small groups of trees to join a main track and a right turn onto Dam Lane again. Turn right and head towards Parwich but after a few metres a path on the left provides a way on. Follow the path to a crossroads and...
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
The Limestone Way is a 47.5 mile trail that traverses the Peak District, so called because limestone is the most common rock found in the Peak District. The Limestone Way begins at the village of Rocester, and continues all the way to the village of Castleton. Its fairly level terrain make it popular with walkers of most ages, with some choosing to do either part or whole of the Way. We decided to split the walk into three managable sections. The first day we walked from Rocester to Brassington, and then from Brassington to Monyash and finally...
Limestone Way Walk - Peak District Walks
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
This walk begins just off the A515 Buxton to Ashbourne road in a large lay-by at the end of Crosslow Lane at Alsop Moor.  The route is slightly undulating and travels through some of the finest scenery the southern Peak District has to offer - especially if done in Autumn when the colours are at their finest. Anyway, we begin by crossing the busy road - beware of the fast traffic, it really comes at a pace along this stretch and a slight bend either way makes it more hazardous - but once negotiated, you are instantly into calmer...
A Circular Walk from Alsop Moor
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...
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
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
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
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
We LOVE low temp's, so we set off to Great Longstone, where the walk started. These fish seemed quite happy under the ice in a trough outside one of the village cottages. This impressive line of troughs was ice free, though. Probably because the water was running all the time. The wall surrounding the churchyard was a bit of a shock - it was in a TERRIBLE state. It really needs some care and attention.......... The first signs of spring, as usual - SNOWDROPS! It does the heart good to see the...
Les Singleton - Jack Frost nipping at our ears......
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
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
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
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