Great Outdoors

Welcome to The Great Outdoors

Step out or Ride out into Derbyshire's High Peak - make the most your time here and step out on one of our great walking trails or perhaps jump on a bike exploring the lovely cycle routes.

The High Peak is an area of dramatic natural beauty, comprising high moorland plateaus in the magnificent Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park. It has some of the area’s finest walking and cycling routes, including routes around the beautiful Upper Derwent Valley reservoirs of Ladybower, Bamford and Fernilee, plus popular Peak District walks such as the numerous routes around the Goyt Valley and Kinder Scout.

And when you're are not being active, relax and enjoy our local food and drink and shopping in diverse and independent shops. The High Peak has a wealth of charming towns and villages, independent shops, great places to visit, eat and drink, and good transport links to the cities of Sheffield and Manchester.

Great walks and cycle routes

Whaley Bridge to Windgather Rocks Walk

This beautiful 6.6 mile walk takes you out of the historic town of Whaley Bridge to the mighty gritstone crag of Windgather Rocks (416m), offering…

Old Glossop, Shire Hill and Swineshaw Reservoir…

This wonderful walk takes you out of the lively heart of Glossop town centre, through the historic streets of Old Glossop, and within only a short…

Glossop Circular Route

Glossop Circular Walk is a 21 kilometre (13 miles or 30,000 steps) circular walk around Glossop using bridleways, public footpaths, tracks and quite…

Hayfield to Whaley Bridge - High Peak Road…

This scenic route takes in the high point of Kettleshulme for far-reaching views.

Upper Peak Forest Canal

Enjoy a scenic route along the upper part of the Peak Forest Canal, a once-bustling industrial hub in the Goyt Valley.

Longdendale Trail

Cycle along a scenic former railway line that once ran between Manchester and Sheffield, passing idyllic reservoirs along the way.

Ladybower Reservoir Cycle Route

This scenic family-friendly cycling route takes you around part of Ladybower Reservoir in the Peak District's Upper Derwent Valley.

Shatton Ladybower Enduro

Enjoy four awesome descents with refreshments stops in the scenic village of Hope.

Explore our towns and villages

High Peak Walking & Cycling Festival

20th to 29th September

This Autumn we're celebrating all things walking & cycling across the High Peak.

Check out our program of guided and self-guided walks, cycle routes and town trails. There's something for everyone, from riverside strolls to challenging climbs.
And why not enjoy our towns and villages during your visit .. independent shops, cosy pubs, welcoming cafes and artisan crafts.

High Peak Walking

What's On


Chapel-en-le-Frith Well Dressing

This ancient custom is only found in Derbyshire and is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials.


Castleton's Secret Gardens

Castleton's Secret Gardens - explore some private gardens in the beautiful village of Castleton


Buxton Carnival Day

Dog Show 11.00am Bring your dogs & join the fun at High Peak Guide Dogs’ event held at the marquee in Pavilion Gardens.Carnival Day Road Race…


Crescent Crafts and Teddy Tales: Rehoming…

Craft, build, play and explore in the glorious Assembly Rooms

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Places to stay

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