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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
Today, it was cold - VERY cold, so we decided on a short, sharp walk. Just under six miles, but with 1,500 feet of ascent - that would keep us warm! We parked up in Castleton, got quickly suited and booted and set off, looking up at Perveril castle (which gives the town it's name) peeping down at us from it's hillside vantage point.     The river that passes through the centre of the village gives it a special 'nice' look and feel. Also, the cottages are in a really pretty stone. In this light, they don't look as good as in...
Every one's a Winnatt
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
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
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
 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
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
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
O ur guided walks up Win Hill and around Ladybower Reservoir are popular all year round.  Win Hill is one of the few hills in the Peak District that has a distinct summit.  From the top, on a clear day you can see some of the best views that the Peak District has to offer.  Looking to the north and north east you have panoramic views over Ladybower Reservoir and to the hills and moorland beyond.  To the south and south east you have amazing views over the Hope Valley.  Looking west you can see down the line of the...
Win Hill Wonders – with Peak Walking Adventures
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
  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
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 brilliant circular walk has it all – a riverside stroll through Wye Dale, Bronze Age tumuli and ancient trackways, panoramic views over Monsal Dale, a Neolithic burial chamber, a cracking village pub. And it starts and ends with one of the best preserved historic landscapes in the country. The walk’s around 6 miles long and easy going for the most part. In damp weather you might need a stick or poles for the initial 50 yard descent leading to Wye Dale, and there’s a steepish 100 yard-or-so ascent from Chee Dale...
Round walk from Chelmorton
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
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
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
Start at: Hulme End . Grid ref: SK103 592 . Difficulty: Easy . Distance: 4 km . From the car park at Hulme End take the ramp at the far end to join a path that crosses a bridge and leads you to the Manifold Track along the old disused railway line.Follow the track as it curves left along the valley floor, with Westside Mill across the river. As you head towards Ecton Hill the valley narrows abrupbtly and the banks to either side get steeper, with the track now curving to the right, then left, before reaching the Ecton Road. With the...
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
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...
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
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
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...
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
‘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
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
This is a strenuous walk, not just long in miles, but very up and down, with three main ascents, and few significant sections of level walking. I started from Edale and finished at Surprise View Car Park, but Hope and Bamford, which are passed on the walk, make viable alternatives as start or finish points in order to shorten the walk. Edale is one of the remotest villages in the Peak District, but offers a good range of accommodation, with several campsites, a youth hostel and an inn.  Being the start of the Pennine Way...
A high level traverse – Mam Tor, Lose Hill, Win Hill, Stanage Edge – 16 miles
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 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: 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...
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