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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: 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...
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
  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
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
‘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
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: 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...
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
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
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: 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...
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
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
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......
 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
Winter can be a wonderful time to walk in the Peak District, with crisp, frosty mornings, winter sunshine, and even a sprinkling of snow can add a new dimension to a walk. There are a few simple considerations that will help ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.  These relate to winter countryside walking at low levels, not winter mountain walking in snow which requires specialist technical equipment and skills.  1. Keep yourself warm and dry.  It might sound obvious, but the English weather can change...
Top Ten Tips for Winter Walking – From Peak Walking Adventures
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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...
Region: Peak District Start at: Hartington Distance: 12.2 kilometres Total ascent: 376 meters Approx. time needed: 3 hrs 45 mins Hartington and Sheen From the centre of Hartington take the road out of the village towards Hulme End, turning right onto a footpath just before the Police house. The path leads in between houses to emerge into a series of parallel fields, with the river and road at the far end. Turn right along the road for a few yards then take the path on the right to climb gently up to Banktop...
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
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
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