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Peak District


On this page – Long Distance Footpaths Short Family Walks Walks (not easy walks)   Useful Walking Websites

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 professional Guided Walking in The Peak District see our Outdoor Activity Providers and Multi Activity pages

Long Distance Footpaths

The Pennine Way – 250 miles!

The Trans Pennine Trail – see www.transpenninetrail.org.uk

Midshires Way – see www.ldwa.org.uk

The Gritstone Trail – 35 miles / 56 kilometres – details and route on this site www.discoverthegritstonetrail.co.uk and www.cheshireeast.gov.uk  – download PDF

The Inn Way – see www.ldwa.org.uk and www.innway.co.uk – 84 miles / 6 days / 53 traditional country pubs!

The Limestone Way – 46 mile Castleton in the north to Rocester see www.visitpeakdistrict.com

The Wite to Dark Way -27 miles – Bakewell to Hope see www.trailzilla.com

Derwent Valley Heritage Way – 55 miles / 88 kilometres see www.nationalheritagecorridor.org.uk

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 mediafiles.thedms.co.uk

Castleton Circular – 4.5 miles steep climb up Cave Dale but children may enjoy it – see www.hopevalleyonline.co.uk

Churnet Valley – A walk from the canal and railway terminus at Froghall – see www.walkingbritain.co.uk

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 www.derbyshirewalking.co.uk…  www.derbyshire.gov.uk… www.peakroutes.com…

Derwent Valley Walks – some of these are suitable for families – see this leaflet from www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Edale Wild Walk – 6 miles / 9 kilometres – mediafiles.thedms.co.uk

Grindleford Geology Trail 3 miles / 4 kilometres circular walk – see mediafiles.thedms.co.uk

Goyt Valley Walks – some of these are suitable for families – see this leaflet from www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

High Peak Trail – a 17.5 mile ride or walk trail from High Peak Junction, near Cromford to Dowlow near Buxton. see – www.derbyshire.gov.uk and www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

Hope to Edale – Across the Divide – www.carfreewalks.org

Ilam to Dovedale – easy 2.5 mile linear walk there and back download from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/


18 kilometres – A long circular walk on clear paths – www.winstercavers.org.uk

An easy long walk on riverside and field paths – www.peakwalking.co.uk

Lathkill Geology Trail – 3.5 miles / 6 kilometres – see mediafiles.thedms.co.uk

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 www.unitedutilities.com

Longshaw Estate – walks around the Longshaw Estate and Eastern Moors www.nationaltrust.org.uk…

Macclesfield and Bollin Valley – There are a number of walking / cycling routes on their website – www.bollinvalley.org.uk inc The Bollin Valley Way 25 miles / 40 kilometres

Macclesfield Forest Walks – a couple of walks from www.macclesfield-forest.co.uk/activities.html

Mam Tor & Cave Dale from Castleton – 6.5 miles / 10.6 km – moderate – www.walkingbritain.co.uk/…

Manifold Valley – circular walk from  Wetton take in Thor’s Cave and Ilam Park, before returning along the River Manifold.
see www.nationaltrust.org.uk

New Mills – 4.5 miles, easy walking – circular – see www.derbyshire-peakdistrict.co.uk/newmillswalk

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

Tittesworth Reservoir A stroll / family walk around the reservoir and surrounding countryside, this has some hills but is a purpose built trail – www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/…

Walks (not so easy walks)

Castleton Geology Trail (long) – 4.5 miles / 7.5 kilometres (5 hrs) mediafiles.thedms.co.uk

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

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

Jane Eyre Hathersage Trail – 5.5 miles / 8 kilometres circular walk – see mediafiles.thedms.co.uk

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 www.carfreewalks.org or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/…

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

Manifold Valley– 10 mile circular walk download the leaflet from peakdistrict.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Roaches & Hen Cloud from Tittesworth Reservoir – 8.5 miles and quite a bit of an assent – see www.walkingbritain.co.uk

Useful Walking Websites

A number of walks in and around the area are to be found on

www.britishwalks.org     www.walkingbritain.co.uk      www.walkingenglishman.com

www.peakwalking.co.uk – has details of a number of walks around the area

www.peakwalk.org.uk – has walks highlighting the history and culture of the Peak District

www.transpeakwalks.co.uk – a ‘not for profit’ voluntary group which organises “free to the public” guided walks in The Peak District.

Peak District National Park Guided Walks and Events

peakwalkinggroup – The Peak Walking Group (P.W.G) provides enjoyable walks for adults of all age ranges


www.rambleon.org.uk is a general walking info website

www.accessiblecountryside.org.uk provides info on walks accessible to those with wheelchairs and buggies.