Great Outdoors

Welcome to The Great Outdoors

Step out or ride out into Derbyshire's spectacular High Peak. Make the most your time here and discover our great walking trails or jump on a bike to explore our beautiful cycle routes.

Derbyshire's High Peak is an area of dramatic natural beauty, with high moorland plateaus, steep-sided valleys, spectacular reservoirs, and stunning gritstone edges in the magnificent Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park.

The High Peak 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 picturesque Peak District walks around the scenic Goyt Valley and impressive Kinder Scout - the highest point in the National Park.

And once you've worked up an appetite, there are lots of great places to rest, relax and recharge your batteries with delicious local food and drink, and vibrant shopping at quality, independent retailers.

As well as stunning views, the High Peak has a wealth of charming towns and villages to visit, with vibrant high streets to explore, great places to visit, eat and drink, a packed programme of events and great public transport links to the cities of Sheffield and Manchester.

Great walks and cycle routes

Exploring Buxton and beyond on an E-Bike

Discover Buxton and the surrounding countryside on 2 wheels - a suggested half day (16 Miles) and full day (33 miles) routes - e-bikes can be hired…

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.

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.

This event offers a unique opportunity to explore the High Peak's picturesque trails and routes, catering to all levels of walkers and cyclists. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or just starting out, there’s something for everyone.
Check out our program of guided walks, cycle routes and town trails with a mix of free community walks to chargeable walks, hikes and cycle routes with expert guides.
And why not enjoy our towns and villages during your visit with a whole host of independent shops, cosy pubs, welcoming cafes and artisan crafts, you're sure to find something to love.

For the full list of walking and cycling events visit our festival page

High Peak Walking

Festival events


Combs Moss from Buxton Railway Station guided walk

Join us for a walk of 15km from Buxton railway station exploring the moorland plateau of Combs Moss above the town to find an ancient hillfort, hear…


Mount Famine & South Head 8km walk - Women Only

Join Peak Outdoor Coaching and enjoy some of the best scenery in the Peak District! With two Ethels to bag, this moderate 8km loop has some…


Right Way in a Day Navigation Course with Pure…

Embrace the freedom of the hills and seize the opportunity to navigate with confidence.


Mountain Biking Taster Day with Pure Outdoor

Fun and action-packed one day course, an introduction to Mountain Biking in the Peak District

Exclusive Walking & Cycling Festival offers

Discover adventure and community at our High Peak Walking and Cycling Festival and what's more we have some fantastic offers during the festival week - 20th to 29th September 2024.
Enjoy all that the High Peak has to offer with the chance to meet like-minded people who share your passion for the great outdoors.

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Places to stay

Business Directory Palace Hotel Buxton & Spa

Business Directory Buxton Crescent Spa Hotel

Business Directory Losehill House Hotel & Spa

Business Directory The George Hotel – Hayfield

Business Directory Bike & Boot Leisure Hotels

Business Directory Crowden Camping and Caravanning Club Site

More to See & Do


The Bulls Head, Old Glossop

The Bulls Head offers you a warm Derbyshire welcome, comfortable rooms, a wide selection of real ales and good quality, traditional pub food.


The Gallery, New Mills

A cool and elegant small shop dramatically perched above the Goyt on High Street in New Mills


Bridge Bakehouse

The village bakery and coffee shop is the bustling hub of the rural village of Whaley Bridge


New Mills Arts Theatre

From live music & comedy to musical theatre & dance there is something for everyone.

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