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10 great walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire

From challenging hikes to relaxing riverside strolls, here's a handy list of some of the best walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire.

Here’s a handy list of some of the best walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire, ranging from challenging hikes to relaxing riverside strolls.

These walks take in some of the best views of Peak District landscape and take you through some of the most beautiful Derbyshire villages.

Experience the diversity of this fascinating National Park, such as the famous dark gritstone of Kinder Scout and the magnificent gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, just two examples of how every Peak District walking route has its own unique characteristics.

The villages of Castleton and Bakewell in Derbyshire are two very popular starting points for walks in the Peak District and are also great places to stay, with a host of charming pubs, hotels and self-catering cottages welcoming walkers.

One of these walks has incredible historic and cultural importance; Kinder Scout, starting from Hayfield, is the route walked by the brave ramblers who took part in the Mass Trespass. Having occurred 85 years ago this spring, this peaceful protest paved the way for the Access Land to become free to explore, as at that time, in 1932, walking on owned land was forbidden.

There are also two walking routes that take you around the grounds of Chatsworth, giving you a chance to see the ‘Palace of the Peak’ in the stunning surroundings of the rolling Derbyshire hills.

Whenever you are walking in the Peak District and Derbyshire, it's always important to plan your route, bring a map, wear suitable footwear and keep a compass handy.

Respect, Protect, Enjoy: Whether you're a regular or brand new visitor, we want to make your trip to the Peak District & Derbyshire as safe, easy and enjoyable as possible. Ensure your visit is a responsible one by following the Countryside Code and stay #PeakDistrictProud by keeping dogs on a short lead, parking only in designated areas, sticking to public rights of way where you can, saying no to BBQs and open fires, and taking your litter home with you.

1. Mam Tor and the Great Ridge

Trails Castleton, Mam Tor & The Great Ridge Walk

2. Hathersage to Stanage Edge

Trails Hathersage to Stanage Edge Walk

3. Bakewell, Edensor and Chatsworth

Trails Bakewell to Chatsworth Walk

4. Longshaw Estate and Padley Gorge

Trails Longshaw Estate & Padley Gorge Walk

5. Kinder Scout

Trails Edale to Kinder Scout Walk

6. Hartington and the River Dove

Trails Hartington - The Dales of the River Dove Walk

7. Heights of Abraham to Matlock

Trails Heights of Abraham to Matlock Walk

8. Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale

Trails Bolsover Castle to Sutton Scarsdale Hall walk

9. Cromford Mill & Village

Trails Cromford Mill & Village Walk

10. Birchen Edge to Chatsworth

Trails Birchen Edge to Chatsworth walk

Places to Stay


Willows-Themed Accommodation

Willows is the brand-new accommodation option at Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath. Choose from eight stunning themed rooms and apartments, each with…


Saints Meadow

A perfect escape: Luxury wooden retreat cabins in the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales.


The George Hotel – Hayfield

Nestled in the heart of picturesque Hayfield, The George exudes an irresistible charm that captures the essence of countryside comfort.


Walker Peak Cottages

Our 2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage located down a quiet lane in Wirksworth is an ideal base for a Peak District stay.

Places to Eat


The Ashford Arms Restaurant

A lovingly restored historic 17th-century inn with bar, restaurant and rooms. Located in the picturesque village of Ashford in the Water


The Meynell Ingram Arms

Beautiful country pub & restaurant in the heart of Burton-on-Trent


The Cock Inn

Beautiful country pub & restaurant in the heart of Mugginton


Palace Hotel Buxton & Spa

Britannia Hotels are proud to introduce the Palace Hotel Buxton & Spa, located in the spa town of Buxton.

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