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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.

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 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
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: 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
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......
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
  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
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
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...
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
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
 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 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
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...
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
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...
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
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...
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