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Ashford in the Water, Monsal Dale and Great Shacklow Wood
distance 5.76mi Vertical gain +673ft Vertical drop -650ft duration 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ashford in the Water - Derbyshire

A lovely walk from Ashford in the Water taking in a wide range of terrains including two dales, the River Wye and the Great Shacklow Wood. It's a good un!

Walking Win Hill from Hope ( Download : PDF )
distance 6.7mi Vertical gain +892ft Vertical drop -892ft duration 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hope - Derbyshire

A rewarding ascent of a Peak District hill that offers fine views into Edale. An ascent of Win Hill includes a stiff climb onto the ridge but otherwise this a an easy and relaxing walk.

Castleton Ridge from Hope village
distance 7.92mi Vertical gain +1424ft Vertical drop -1401ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hope - Derbyshire

The Castleton Ridge in Derbyshire is one of the great ridge walks in the Peak District. Starting from Hope the walk includes Lose Hill and Mam Tor before returning via Castleton to the start.

distance 5.66mi Vertical gain +968ft Vertical drop -948ft duration 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

Hollins Cross, Mam Tor and Cavedale are highlights of this Peak District walk from Castleton. The walk includes both Dark and White Peak scenery and generally follows well marked footpaths.

Biggin & Parsley Hay from Hartington
distance 8.88mi Vertical gain +653ft Vertical drop -650ft duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

Field paths, quiet lanes, walled tracks and a former railway are used for this walk that explores the area to the north of the busy village of Hartington. The route lies wholly within Derbyshire although in the latter part of the walk good views into neighbouring Staffordshire are also enjoyed. The route includes much that is typical of this part of the peak district including the village of Biggin and the upper reaches of the Dove Valley.

distance 8.55mi Vertical gain +1519ft Vertical drop -1545ft duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Edale - Derbyshire

This ridge walk is a very popular excursion mainly because of the excellent views.

distance 4.55mi Vertical gain +833ft Vertical drop -833ft duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk from Castleton takes you south and crosses some typical limestone scenery, providing some good views across the valley to Castleton's Great Ridge. You walk through Cave Dale and are also descend through the dramatic Winnats Pass.

distance 7.95mi Vertical gain +541ft Vertical drop -545ft duration 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Youlgreave - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that traverses pretty Lathkill and Bradford Dales. The walk also includes a section of the Limestone Way.

Biggin, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales from Hartington
distance 5.49mi Vertical gain +381ft Vertical drop -381ft duration 2h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk explores three dales in the White Peak starting from the village of Hartington. The walk is generally easy underfoot and provides a good introduction to this area.

distance 5.67mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -659ft duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Tideswell - Derbyshire

This circular Peak District walk starts in Tideswell Dale and continues through Miller's Dale into Ravensdale. The route is an ideal introduction to this area which is popular for walkers.

distance 7.81mi Vertical gain +1503ft Vertical drop -1506ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Edale - Derbyshire

Grindsbrook and Edale Head are two of the highlights of this Peak District walk from Edale. Superb walking high above Edale on the Kinder Scout Plateau provides excellent views over this part of Derbyshire. Choose a good day for this route as poor weather makes navigation tricky.

distance 7.55mi Vertical gain +974ft Vertical drop -988ft duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Edensor - Derbyshire

Really lovely varied walk starting at Calton Lees and climbing up to Calton Pastures with great views over the surrounding area of Bakewell and Chatsworth House. After passing the house climb through Stand Wood and return to the car park via Beeley.

distance 8.81mi Vertical gain +1102ft Vertical drop -1086ft duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hope Woodlands - Derbyshire

This Peak District Walk starts from Fairholme and includes Ladybower and Derwent resevoirs, a moorland section and the dramatic Alport Castles where a large landslip was the cause of the current scenic interest.

distance 9.64mi Vertical gain +1683ft Vertical drop -1686ft duration 5h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Edale - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk starts from Edale and explores Rushup Edge, Brown Knoll, Edale Cross, Crowden Tower and Grindslow Knoll. The route contains many of the key features of this dramatic part of the Derbyshire Peak district and should be saved for a fine day.

distance 5.91mi Vertical gain +1099ft Vertical drop -1106ft duration 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that takes in some of the highlights of the area to the north of Castelton. The route is varied, offers some wonderful views and is generally easy to follow.

distance 5.15mi Vertical gain +656ft Vertical drop -650ft duration 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Winster - Derbyshire

Nice, easy fine weather walk starting from the beautiful village of Winster. Lovely views as you travel through different terrains.

distance 7.78mi Vertical gain +1184ft Vertical drop -1184ft duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hayfield - Derbyshire

The village of Hayfield lies to the west of the highest land in the Peak District Park and this walk which lies wholly within Derbyshire offers some excellent walking. The outward route over Mount Famine offers good views and once Edale Cross is reached you are on the high moors. The return to Hayfield is full of interest too.

distance 8.53mi Vertical gain +1503ft Vertical drop -1499ft duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Derbyshire

Bleaklow and Higher Shelf Stones feature in this Peak District walk from Old Glossop. Other highlights include the Wain Stones, Yellow Stacks and Doctor's Gate. This moorland can be wild and desolate in bad weather so save this walk for a dry day with good visibility.

distance 4.88mi Vertical gain +640ft Vertical drop -669ft duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

Pilsbury Castle is the main objective on this Peak District walk from bustling Hartington. Including White Peak scenery alongside the upper section of the River Dove this walk includes both Derbsyhire and Staffordshire sides of the Dove Valley.

distance 3.66mi Vertical gain +512ft Vertical drop -515ft duration 2h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk follows a relatively low level circuit of the head of the valley offering good views of the Great Ridge. You are also able to see the large landslip on the flank of Mam Tor.

distance 6.47mi Vertical gain +659ft Vertical drop -679ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Taddington - Derbyshire

This Peak District circuit visits the hamlet of Brushfield before following the Wye Valley back to the start. The walk passes infamous Litton Mill, Cressbrook and Monsal Head.

distance 6.56mi Vertical gain +1325ft Vertical drop -1325ft duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Peak Forest - Derbyshire

This Peak District route is a classic offering some great views from Rushup Edge before dropping down to the picturesque dale above Edale. The route is rarely quiet and on good days there are usually many people enjoying this walk.

distance 6.02mi Vertical gain +400ft Vertical drop -394ft duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Upper Quarter - Derbyshire

This relaxed walk is beautiful whatever the season with the reservoir adding to the scene.

distance 6.73mi Vertical gain +463ft Vertical drop -463ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

This walk from Hartington in Derbyshire follows a section of the River Dove. The route takes you through three limestone dales and across typical farming country for the area.

distance 6.36mi Vertical gain +696ft Vertical drop -673ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chapel-en-le-Frith - Derbyshire

Choose a day with good visibility and enjoy the excellent views from this excellent section of high ground.

distance 7.91mi Vertical gain +1211ft Vertical drop -1211ft duration 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Bamford - Derbyshire

Win Hill occupies a strategic position and as such offers great views over the heart of the Peak District.

distance 6.77mi Vertical gain +1201ft Vertical drop -1201ft duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chinley' Buxworth and Brownside - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk provides a useful introduction to walking in this part of the National Park.

distance 8.45mi Vertical gain +1480ft Vertical drop -1473ft duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hayfield - Derbyshire

Kinder Low and Mount Famine are combined in this Peak District walk from Hayfield. This circuit on the western edges of the Kinder Scout plateau concentrates on these interesting outliers, which despite their modest height, offer good views and pleasant walking.

distance 6.74mi Vertical gain +308ft Vertical drop -308ft duration 3h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Ault Hucknall - Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall offers many different walking paths.
This particular walk is a good introduction to both the hall and the Rowthorne and Teversal Trails. Lovely walk through different landscapes, relatively flat and easy going except for the hill in Hardwick There are several variations incorporating other routes including Pleasley Country Park.

distance 7.06mi Vertical gain +794ft Vertical drop -791ft duration 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ashford in the Water - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk starts in the pretty village of Ashford-in-the-Water and explores the limestone country lying to the south of the Wye Valley. The routes visits the remains of Magpie Mine, the village of Over Haddon and uses mainly field paths to complete the route.

distance 12.83mi Vertical gain +863ft Vertical drop -863ft duration 6h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Baslow and Bubnell - Derbyshire

This is a varied walk skirting the Chatsworth Estate through woods and moorland.

distance 8.89mi Vertical gain +768ft Vertical drop -741ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Taddington - Derbyshire

A circular Peak District Walk that inclues a number of the highlights of the area to the west of Bakewell. The route includes sections along the River Wye, visits Monsal Head, uses a section of the Monsal Trail and Great Shacklow Wood. The walk does have a sting in the tail as there is a lengthy ascent towards the end of the walk.

distance 5.94mi Vertical gain +548ft Vertical drop -554ft duration 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Youlgreave - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk provides a shorter route for visiting Lathkill and Bradford Dales.

distance 7.06mi Vertical gain +607ft Vertical drop -571ft duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

This walk starts in Hartington and explores Beresford Dale before visiting the village of Alstonefield. The route then continues by descending back into Wolfescote Dale and a return to the start.

distance 5.64mi Vertical gain +1033ft Vertical drop -1040ft duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Longnor - Derbyshire

This route starts from the attractive North Staffordshire village of Longnor. It then crosses the Dove Valley into Derbyshire, passes through Earl Sterndale to climb High Wheeldon before re-crossing the Dove back into Staffordshire. The scenery en-route is varied with excellent views of this part of the Peak District throughout.

Walking Fernilee Reservoir ( Download : PDF )
distance 2.82mi Vertical gain +213ft Vertical drop -213ft duration 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Upper Quarter - Derbyshire

Very easy walk with a choice of well sign-posted routes through the woods on the north side of the water. Suitable for playing Gruffalo Woods with the kids! It's not worth taking scooters as the uneven ground will undoubtedly tip them off and bikes are not allowed.

distance 8.42mi Vertical gain +581ft Vertical drop -581ft duration 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Youlgreave - Derbyshire

Lathkill Dale offers a variety of landscapes and this Peak District walk enables you to see this wonderful limestone dale at its best.

distance 8.41mi Vertical gain +1565ft Vertical drop -1526ft duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hayfield - Derbyshire

Starting from Hayfield, Derbyshire, this Peak District 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.

distance 6.51mi Vertical gain +630ft Vertical drop -627ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hope Woodlands - Derbyshire

A hill walk followed by a stroll along the reservoir makes this a worthwhile outing.

distance 7.5mi Vertical gain +1424ft Vertical drop -1404ft duration 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Edale - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that explores the eastern end of the Kinder plateau. Starting from Edale the route follows the slopes of Kinder to reach Hope Cross. From here the walk continues to gain height and follows a high level route for the return via Ringing Roger to Edale.

distance 8.95mi Vertical gain +1040ft Vertical drop -1024ft duration 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Castleton - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that includes some less walked areas of the National Park. The route uses a mixture of paths, tracks and quiet country lanes and includes walking the main ridge of Rushup Edge.

distance 7.39mi Vertical gain +1273ft Vertical drop -1270ft duration 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Peak Forest - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk explores some of the highlights of Edale and its surrounding hills. The walk includes Mam Tor, Castleton Ridge, Edale and Ruship Edge. The second half of the walk uses some quieter paths.

distance 7.08mi Vertical gain +1378ft Vertical drop -1371ft duration 4h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Charlesworth - Derbyshire

Bleaklow Head from Longendale is a Peak District walk on the wild side. Using rarely walked parts of the Bleaklow moors. This moorland and edge walk takes you to the high land of Bleaklow in the northern sector of the Peak District National Park. It is best undertaken in fine weather preferably after a dry spell. With poor visibility always a potential hazard, map reading skills and the ability to use a compass are advantageous.

distance 9.66mi Vertical gain +1168ft Vertical drop -1138ft duration 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hope Woodlands - Derbyshire

Bleaklow offers some excellent walks and this Peak District route used minor paths to explore Higher Shelf Stones, Bleaklow and Grains in the Water.

distance 9.49mi Vertical gain +797ft Vertical drop -787ft duration 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Longnor - Derbyshire

A Peak District walk that explores the uppear reaches of the Dove and Manifold Valleys. The route is generally easy to navigate and uses a series of paths and tracks across the Limestone country. Refreshments are available at the start and at Hartington.

distance 4.43mi Vertical gain +1060ft Vertical drop -1073ft duration 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Charlesworth - Derbyshire

A rewarding half day route onto Bleaklow that provides a taste of its wild beauty.

distance 6.03mi Vertical gain +433ft Vertical drop -394ft duration 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Hartington Town Quarter - Derbyshire

This Derbyshire walk starts from the village of Hartington and explores three limestone Dales. The route follows the River Dove and also includes a section through drystone walled fields above the village.

distance 9.16mi Vertical gain +1719ft Vertical drop -1719ft duration 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Edale - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk starts from Edale village and climbs onto Kinder Scout via Ringing Roger. The route provides rough moorland walking on relatively quiet paths and includes Upper Grindsbrook, Crowden Brook and Edale Cross before descending Jacob's Ladder on the return to Edale.

distance 6.5mi Vertical gain +1178ft Vertical drop -1191ft duration 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hope Woodlands - Derbyshire

This Peak District walk comes with a warning as it's not suitable for those who don't like scrambling along the side of vertical banks or who are not happy crossing streams. It is undoubtedly easier to do the walk by going up Blackden Brook - rather than coming down it - and it is easier in good, dry weather. The reward is some great views!

distance 7.86mi Vertical gain +1109ft Vertical drop -1093ft duration 4h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in New Mills - Derbyshire

A low level walk on the western fringe of the Peak District National Park.