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Peak District – Walking

On this pageLong Distance Footpaths     Short Family Walks Websites    Walks (not easy walks)   Useful Walking Websites     Walking Events in the Peak District

I do not have the resources to list and detail the many walks available in the Peak District however I have set out a number of useful web links for walking routes, suggestions and information.

The area is well served by easy walks and challenging ones, please select a route according to your limitations and be properly equipped, the right clothes, food, water etc this can be the difference between a pleasant walk and a Mountain Rescue call out. Mobile phone coverage is patchy so don’t count on being able to call for help, prepare and have a wonderful, safe and memorable time in this lovely part of the world. (Health and Safety lecture over)

For information on Guided walking in The Peak District see our Activity Providers page


Long Distance Footpaths

The Pennine Way – 250 miles!

The Trans Pennine Trail – see

Midshires Way – see

The Gritstone Trail – 35 miles / 56 kilometres – details and route on this site and

The Inn Way – see and – 84 miles / 6 days / 53 traditional country pubs!

The Limestone Way – 46 mile Castleton in the north to Rocester see

The Wite to Dark Way -27 miles – Bakewell to Hope see

Derwent Valley Heritage Way – 55 miles / 88 kilometres see

Short Family Walks and Strolls

Carsington Water – About 8 miles round – some short steep climbs / descents, lots of places to stop take in the view, watch the birds or have a picnic, for the Mountain Biker or a family cycle/ walk – see the entry on the cycling page

Castleton Geology Trail (short) – 3.5 miles / 5.5 kilometres ok for wheelchairs and buggies – see

Castleton Circular – 4.5 miles steep climb up Cave Dale but children may enjoy it – see

Churnet Valley – A walk from the canal and railway terminus at Froghall – see

Cromford Canal – A stroll suitable for families, from Cromford Wharf follow the canal towpath through a area which has been designated an SSI and nature reserve – see

Derwent Valley Walks – some of these are suitable for families – see this leaflet from

Edale Wild Walk – 6 miles / 9 kilometres –

Grindleford Geology Trail 3 miles / 4 kilometres circular walk – see

Goyt Valley Walks – some of these are suitable for families – see this leaflet from

High Peak Trail – a 17.5 mile trail from High Peak Junction, near Cromford to Dowlow near Buxton. see – and

Hope to Edale – Across the

Ilam to Dovedale – easy 2.5 mile linear walk there and back download from


18 kilometres – A long circular walk on clear paths –

An easy long walk on riverside and field paths –

Lathkill Geology Trail – 3.5 miles / 6 kilometres – see

Longdendale Trail – A 7 mile track (old railway track bed) surfaced, gentle climb, good for buggies and wheelchairs (with assistance). 5 reservoirs along the valley. – see

Longshaw Estate – 2.5 mile walk from

Macclesfield and Bollin Valley – There are a number of walking / cycling routes on this leaflet – inc The Bollin Valley Way 25 miles / 40 kilometres

Macclesfield Forrest Walks – see this leaflet from

Mam Tor – 3.5 miles circular walk – some steep climbs from –

Manifold Valley – 8.5 miles, most is off road on a surfaced track, easy ride good for children
for more info see and the notes on our hot spots page

New Mills – 4.5 miles, easy walking – circular – see

Peak Forest Tramway Trails – Short walk – Whaley Bridge through to Chapel-en-le-Frith – download the leaflet (pdf)

Tideswell Dale – Easy walk from a car park on a surfaced path (designed for wheelchairs / buggies) – to Millers Dale – see

Tittesworth Reservoir A stroll / family walk around the reservoir and surrounding countryside, this has some hills but is a purpose built trail – (map) You may see the Cormorants at the southern (quieter) end of the reservoir, there is generally plenty of birdlife whatever the season.

Walks (not so easy walks)

Castleton Geology Trail (long) – 4.5 miles / 7.5 kilometres (5 hrs)

Coombes Valley Wildlife Walk – Moderate difficulty. Plenty of ups
and downs along woodland paths. see

Deep Dale – White Peak Wildlife Walk – 4.5 miles / 7 kilometres Moderate difficulty. Plenty of ups and downs. – see

Jane Eyre Hathersage Trail – 5.5 miles / 8 kilometres circular walk – see

Kinder Scout – from Edale, a classic Peak District hill walk. Not a walk recommended for families, it can be a strenuous climb. Details available from or

Kinder Scout – from Hayfield , not a walk recommended for families, it can be a strenuous climb. Details available from or

Ladybower – A full day walk not for families – up over the hills and passing the reservoirs – see

Manifold Valley – 10 mile circular walk download the leaflet from

The Roaches & Hen Cloud from Tittesworth Reservoir – 8.5 miles and quite a bit of an assent – see


Useful Walking Websites

A number of walks in and around the area are to be found on – has details of a number of walks around the area – has walks highlighting the history and culture of the Peak District – a ‘not for profit’ voluntary group which organises “free to the public” guided walks in The Peak District. – route ideas – photos of may walks

Free Ranger Guided Walks and Events 2012 – Pdf to download from the Peak District National Park Authority

peakwalkinggroup – The Peak Walking Group (P.W.G) provides enjoyable walks for adults of all age ranges is a general walking info website provides info on walks accessible to those with wheelchairs and buggies.


Walking Events in the Peak District


Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Peak District Walking Festival

National Forest Walking Festival

Bollington nr Macclesfield had a walking festival in 18th Oct – 26th Oct 2014

Autumn Footprints – Amber Valley and Erewash Walking Festival – 13th – 28th Sept 2014

The South Pennine Walk and Ride Festival – 6th – 21st Sept 2014


Long Distance Footpaths     Short Family Walks Websites    Walks (not easy walks)   Useful Walking Websites     Walking Events in the Peak District

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