Stretch your legs with these Peak District walks …
Many people come to the area looking for Peak District Walks. Quite rightly too – there is a huge amount of great walking and trail running in the Peak District National Park. Simply buy yourself some maps (White Peak or Dark Peak via Aqua3 maps, 10% discount for visitors from this site, waterproof and standard paper OS maps) and make up your own walks/runs or buy one of the many good guides to walking in the Peak – see the ‘booksales‘ section of this site or try tea shop walks or classic walks (in association with Amazon). Or to help your navigation … Garmin GPS hand held unit.
If you want traffic free Peak District Walks, where your footpath avoids any roads, the Dark Peak is the place – there is plenty of scope to walk all day without crossing or meeting any roads, other than the one where you park, get off the train or bus. Alternatively, there are the dismatled railway beds used as walking, cycling and horseriding routes. The High Peak Trail, the Tissington Trail and the Monsal Trail are probably the best known, but remember there are others such the Sett Valley Trail and the Manifold Track.
Short Peak District Walks
Baslow Walk – afternoon or evening circuit from the village of Baslow.
A short stroll from Rowsley to Calton Lees taking in Calton Pastures – this shortish walk from Rowsley takes you high above the the valley of the river Wye and drops you back down into the valley of the derwent from where you return to your starting point. The route can be a little muddy in places especially after rain so please make sure that you are wearing suitable footwear.
Hartington Short Walk (Biggin Dale, Wolfscote Dale) – A short Peak District walk in the White Peak from Hartington that takes in Biggin Dale, Wolfscote Dale and Beresford Dale.
The route in Isaac Walton country heads south from Hartington along Reynards Lane and a track which drops you steeply into Biggin Dale. The path follows this beautiful limestone valley southwards to meet the River Dove at Wolfscote Dale. A good path follows the Dove upstream, crosses a meadow at which point you find yourself in Beresford Dale. After a few hundred metres the river is left behind as you cross the fields back to Hartington.
Outline suggestions for Peak District walks
- Stanage Edge – Park at Higgar Tor and instead of going onto the Tor, head in the opposite direction across the moors to Stanage. Simply walk along the easy path along the top of the edge and enjoy the views or even stop and watch the hang gliders and climbers for a few minutes. There are options to make a circuit of this route either in the direction of Sheffield or Hathersage. As it stands, it is one of the most pleasant evening Peak District walks.
- Dovedale and the surrounding Dales – There is plenty of parking at the lower end of Dovedale that can be used as a Launching point to explore the dale itself and beyond. A circuit incorporating Alstonefield is always enjoyable. You may even be lucky enough to spot a white clawed crayfish, of of the many endangered and protected species in this country. Peak District walks don’t come much better than this.
- Lathkill Dale – if you are short of time for doing your Peak District Walks, a stroll up Lathkill Dale from Over Haddon or Alport is worthwhile or try a slightly longer circuit from Monyash. Follow the Limestone Way past One Ash Grange and Calling Low past Youlgrave (Youlgreave as the OS call it) via Bradford Dale to Alport. Follow Lathkill Dale back to Monyash.
- Monsal Dale – There is a pay and display car park behind the Monsal Head Hotel. From there you can descend into Monsal Dale itself, a deeply incised Limestone valley. There are many options – head towards Great Shacklow Wood from there you can get to Taddington or Sheldon, or perhaps follow the Monsal Trail up the valley towards Cressbrook and Litton Mill, where the former mill buildings have now been converted into luxury apartments. Litton Mill itself is well known for the abuse of orphans during the 19th century. There is a small parking place on the left, down in the bottom of the valley as you head along towards Cressbrook, that is more convenient if you are aiming to visit the nature reserve of Cressbrook Dale. As Peak District Walks go, this has a spectacular start.
- Chatsworth Estate and surrounding areas – There are many short Peak District walks from the stately home of the Duke of Devonshire. Park at Calton Lees, visit the Garden centre and meander through the fine parkland of the Chatsworth Estate. Alternatively park by the church in Edensor, walk the length of the Park to Calton Lees and continue to Rowsley. Take the track round Bouns Corner Wood and down to the River Wye. Pick up the Monsal Trail for a short way then cross the golf course, through the woodland and onto Calton Pastures. From here, pass through a short woodland section and drop back down to Edensor.
Longer Peak District Walks
A decent long circuit through woodland and across the wild eastern moors of the Peak District
A fairly unfrequented walk for the connoisseur of the Peak District. Quiet and feels very remote.