In the Peaks
The Derbyshire Dales and Peak District has many spectacular views to enjoy with panoramic look out points at numerous vantage points.
Take in the breath taking scenery at one of these local beauty spots.
Spectacular views in the Derbyshire Peak District
Ashover Rock, or 'The Fabrick' as it’s also known locally, is close to the village of Ashover. It sits on an area of heathland at 299m above sea level and as a result there are excellent panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Black Rocks are located on the High Peak Trail and offer panoramic views across Cromford and towards Matlock Bath and Riber. There is a car park at the top of Cromford Hill but please note the final ascent onto the rocks is challenging. For a longer walk, park at Cromford Wharf and visit Arkwright Mills and the canal.
Curbar & Stanage Edge
Curbar, Froggatt and Baslow Edge is a gritstone escarpment with fantastic views across the Derwent Valley, including the Chatsworth Estate. Many photographs are taken at this iconic location and is a favourite with locals and tourists. The mostly flat footpath is easily accessed from the car park at the top of the hill.
Towering a massive 120m above Matlock Bath, the High Tor is a walkers paradise offering fantastic views over Matlock Bath and the surrounding Derwent Valley. The imposing cliff faces also attract climbers from across the UK.
Derwent Valley Views
There are many places to enjoy the incredible views over the Upper Derwent Valley with the Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs sitting majestically in the countryside below. There are plenty of vantage points to enjoy above the reservoirs including Whinstone Lee Tor and Bamford Edge.
From Monsal Head you have a spectacular view of the River Wye meandering through the picturesque Monsal Dale. The famous Monsal Viaduct on the trail below is one of the most photographed sites in the Peak District and is popular with families who enjoy walking and cycling along the disused railway line.
Great Ridge & Mam Tor
At 517 metres high, the 360 degree panoramic views from Mam Tor are simply breathtaking. Offering views across the Hope Valley and beyond, this challenging walk along the Great Ridge that dominate the skyline is worth the effort and can be accessed from the picturesque villages of Edale and Castleton.
The spectacular Thor’s Cave sits high above the Manifold Valley close to the pretty village of Wetton. The cave entrance is 10 metres in diameter and can be seen from several miles away. The cave is fascinating to visit and the views are worth the walk up the steep footpath!
Thorpe Cloud is located at Dovedale, home to the famous stepping stones. After crossing the stones the path winds up the side of the hill beyond and is very steep in places. At the highest point it is 287 metres and provides spectacular views across the Derbyshire and Staffordshire countryside.