The Peak District has miles of picturesque footpaths to explore with routes to suit all ages and abilities and is therefore a great place to enjoy a walking holiday. 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.
Enjoy a fantastic walking holiday in the Derbyshire Peak District and appreciate the breathtaking views. Please note the Forestry Commission are working in the local area so please adhere to all signage on the circular walks.
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 short circular routes around the park. This are marked by coloured squares to follow.
Family Walk from the Park
This beautiful short walk (2.8 miles) takes you out of the Park and into the surrounding countryside, walking on woodland paths and quiet tracks. The terrain is flat and easy, with no big stiles or tricky gates, although please note that the ground may be muddy in places. There is plenty to see and hear along the way - keep your eyes wide open and your ears switched on!
This 3.7 mile, easy walk is a great way to explore the beautiful Derbyshire countryside that surrounds the park. The route takes you on a series of pretty woodland paths into the peaceful Halldale Wood, always loud with birdsong, where the banks of the babbling Halldale Brook provide a perfect halfway rest and picnic spot.
Beeley Moor & Halldale Woods
This 5 mile beautiful circular route takes you across the heather-clad expanse of Beeley Moor, with fantastic views in all directions. It then follows a quiet country lane into mature woodland, where a pretty wooden footbridge crosses a crystal-clear stream, before returning via forest trails.
Two Dales & Ladygrove Woods
This 5 mile circular walk from Landal Darwin Forest follows woodland paths and quiet roads down to the village of Two Dales (where you can also visit the Plough Inn) and back up through the wonderful Ladgrove Woods with spectacular waterfalls.
Bottom Moor & Hodgelane Brook
This lovely 8 mile circular walk takes you on quiet country lanes to cross the fields of Middle Moor, offering wonderful views in every direction, before heading through the woodlands of Bottom Moor. It then follows the course of the pretty Hodgelane Brook.
Whitesprings Plantation Walk
This 4 mile circular walk takes you on shady woodland trails through a mix of broadleaf and pine forests, home to an abundance of wildlife. There are pretty
streams along the way and wonderful views across the open countryside to Hall Dale and Beeley Moor.
Farley Woods, Bottom & Upper Moor
This wonderful 6.7 mile route takes you through Farley Wood and offers spectacular views across Matlock, before crossing the stream of Bentley Brook at a pretty footbridge. It then follows field paths through open countryside and forest trails back to the park.
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.
Beeley & Hellbank Plantation
This 3 mile lovely walk takes you out of the pretty village of Beeley on grassy field paths and along the edge of the moorland above Chatsworth House, with fabulous views back across the Derwent Valley. Thanks to Lets Go Peak District.
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.
This 4 mile walk follows beautiful country paths on the Chatsworth Estate, passing through the charming villages of Calton Lees and Edensor. It provides spectacular views of Chatsworth House and the River Derwent, and there’s a good chance of seeing deer. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
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
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
Curbar, Baslow & Froggatt
This 8 mile walk offers some of the best views in the Peak District, across Froggatt Edge, Curbar Edge and Baslow Edge with the Derwent Valley laid out below. You can also just enjoy the 'Edges' section of this walk to take in the panoramic views. Route:Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
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.
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.
This 5.5 mile stunning walk starts and ends in the pretty village of Hartington. It takes you over fields and through woodland into Beresford Dale and Wolfscote Dale, where the path runs beside the River Dove. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Kinder Downfall from Hayfield
This 9 mile Hayfield walk takes you to the highest point in the Peak District, via some of the most spectacular scenery. The route also takes you past Kinder Downfall, the highest waterfall in the Peak District, and through fascinating gritstone rock formations at Sandy Heys. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Monsal Trail Walk
The 6 mile walk starts and ends in Ashford in the Water, which is well served with tea rooms and pubs and has public toilets. It follows well-made paths up towards Monsal Head and over the iconic viaduct. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Padley Gorge is a perfect fairy glade and children will love this 2 mile walk. A shallow stream crossed by footbridges is perfect for paddling, there are trees to climb, a rope swing and even a magical money tree. Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Robin Hoods Stride
This 3 mile walk is great adventurous kids and grown-ups! There are trees to climb, huge rocks to scramble over, a hermit’s cave to explore, a rope swing to play on and there are fantastic views from the top. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Tideswell & Cressbrook Dale
This lovely 6 mile walk starts and ends in Tideswell village. It goes through beautiful Tideswell Dale, past Litton Mill and on to the Monsal Trail. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District