In the Peaks:

Walking

The Peak District has miles of picturesque footpaths to explore with routes to suit all ages and abilities. The more energetic can enjoy hiking in the Dark Peak and enjoy spectacular views from Kinder Scout or Stanage Edge. For the less active or for those with children there are many charming walks along trails and more suitable paths, with equally spectacular views of some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes.

There is also an abundance of walks around Landal Darwin Forest which is adjacent to Forestry Commission woodland.

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Enjoy walking in some of the county's most magnificent countryside.

Path showing bikes with trailers and wheelchairs

Accessible Trails

Miles without Stiles routes, created by the Peak District National Park are suitable for people of all fitness levels and those with limited mobility, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs and scooters and the visually impaired. 

    The viaduct bridge at Ladybower reservoirs with beautiful blue sky

    Ladybower Walk

    This lovely walk is on well-made paths and offers magnificent views.  The route completes a circuit of one half of Ladybower Reservoir and passes the awe-inspiring Derwent Dam, scene of the practice flights for the famous Dambusters raids during WWII. Route: Thanks to Let's Go Peak District. 

      A viewpoint at Carsington Water with picture frame to take your own photos

      Carsington Reservoir

      From Carsington Water Visitor Centre you can enjoy the short, family friendly, 3 mile route or the full 8 mile reservoir circuit which is all off road. Alternatively you can increase your route a little further and take in Hopton and Carsington Village. There is also a cafe, playground and visitor centre onsite.

        Chatsworth House from across the river

        Chatsworth Park

        This 6.5 mile walk takes in some of the highlights of the magnificent Chatsworth Estate and the extensive parkland. It also provides an opportunity to visit the great Stately Home and Gardens with it's shops and cafes. Route: Thanks to Walking Britain

          View of the valley

          Cocking Tor (Ashover)

          This 9.5 mile Derbyshire walk is full of varied scenery, some of it spectacular, and covers some of the less well-known hills and valleys of the Derbyshire Dales. It also takes in some very interesting industrial archaeological remains in Lumsdale. Route: Thanks to Walking Britain

            Canal with boat and cafe

            Cromford Canal and Black Rocks

            A 6.8 mile walk that explores parts of Derbyshire's Industrial Heritage whilst also giving stunning and wide-ranging views that include Crich Stand, Black Rocks, Carsington Reservoir and the Derwent Valley. Route: Thanks to Walking Britain

              Signpost in the peak district showing path routes

              Curbar, Baslow & Froggatt

              This 8 mile Gritstone Edges walk of the Peak District provide wonderful high level promenades from which to enjoy the view below. This route connects three such edges; Baslow, Curbar & Froggatt. Route: Thanks to Walking Britain

                Path in the woodland with sun shining through the pine trees

                Darwin Forest Walks

                Darwin Forest is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday if you enjoy walking. We are surrounded by Forestry Commission woodland and have a circular Forest Trail and a shorter woodland walk that is perfect for young children. You can download the map below to see the circular routes around the park. 

                  River dove with hills in the backdround

                  Dovedale

                  This 6 mile circular walk crosses the famous stepping stones in Dovedale and alongside the River Dove as it cuts between towering limestone crags, tracks through the grassy slopes of Hall Dale and passes through the picture-perfect village of Ilam. Route: Thanks to Let's Go Peak District. 

                    group of walkers, walking along a forest trail

                    Guided Walks

                    Enjoy a guided walk in the Peak District. Led by qualified instructors you can venture off the beaten track, learn about local history or ensure you take in the best views. My Guided Walks offers walks and navigation training. 

                      Mountain views

                      Kinder Downfall from Hayfield

                      Starting from Hayfield, this 9 mile walk visits Kinder Downfall. Starting from the point where the Mass Trespass began, the route uses William Clough to reach the plateau. Descent is via Kinder Low and Edale Cross back to the start. Route: Thanks to Walking Britain

                        River at Lathkill Dale

                        Monyash & Lathkill Dale

                        This lovely 4 mile walk takes you out of the pretty village of Monyash on the Limestone Way, through classic White Peak scenery.  It passes through part of Cales Dale before following the stunning Lathkill Dale past the source of the River, where it springs from a cave. Route: Thanks to Let's Go Peak District

                          Waterfalls at lumsdale

                          Lumsdale Waterfalls

                          Lumsdale Falls is home to a series of magnificent waterfalls, ponds and the ancient ruins of three mills. This area is of huge archaeological significance, here you will find one of the largest collections of water powered industrial mills in the country! Work continues to preserve this beautiful piece of English heritage.

                            Group walking along the ridge at Mam Tor in the sunset

                            Mam Tor and Cavedale

                            This 6 mile circular walk from Castleton goes through Cave Dale, up on to Mam Tor and along the iconic Great Ridge, from where there are magnificent views of the Hope Valley and Edale Valley, before descending back into Castleton.  Route: Thanks to Let's Go Peak District.

                              View over the valley from Thors cave

                              Manifold Valley and Wetton Hill

                              This 5 mile circular walk from Wetton Mill is simply stunning, offering some of the very best views of the Manifold Valley including the iconic Thor's Cave that offers incredible views over the landscape. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District

                                View of the Monsal Bridge Viaduct

                                Monsal Trail Walk

                                A gentle 3.5 mile stroll along the Monsal Trail in the Peak District enjoying some of the hill pastures of the area. An idyllic hour or so escape from the crowds in Bakewell with beautiful views over the town and countryside. Route: Thanks to walking britain

                                  Seven ladies at Stanton moor

                                  Robin Hoods Stride & Stanton

                                  A 7 mile walk full of variety starting from the Peak District village of Winster. The route continues to Stanton Moor, before reaching Birchover from where the walk visits Rowtor Rocks and Robin Hood's Stride.  Route: Thanks to Walking Britain

                                    Bridge over the river at Cressbrook dale

                                    Tideswell & Cressbrook Dale

                                    This easy 7 mile walk visits the three dales south of the charming village of Litton. There is always something of interest in these limestone dales, Trout in the rivers, Orchids in July and climbers on the crags throughout the year. Route: Thanks to Walking Britain