7 of the Best Walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire
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7 Unforgettable Walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire

The Peak District and Derbyshire are home to some of the UK’s most stunning walking trails. This rural pocket of England offers a variety of landscapes waiting to be explored, including rolling hills, lush meadows, cascading waterfalls, rugged moorlands and charming villages. We’ve compiled a list of the best walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire that offer incredible scenery and beautiful views of England’s finest countryside.

1. Mam Tor Circular Hike

Mam Tor 

Commencing our selection is a beginner-friendly stroll around the iconic Mam Tor in the Peak District. The Mam Tor walking route is relatively straightforward, taking just over an hour to complete, although you might want to allocate extra time to appreciate the breathtaking views along the way. A noteworthy feature of this walk is its dog-friendly nature, allowing your pooch to join you on the adventure provided they are on a lead.

Length: 4.8km

Difficulty: Easy

Campsite nearest Mam Tor: Hayfield Club Site

Find route here: Mam Tor Circular Hike

2. Bakewell to Chatsworth Walk via Edensor


Our second featured walk begins in the heart of Bakewell and takes you over the Monsal Trail and to the quaint village of Edenson, ending in the jewel of the Derbyshire countryside, Chatsworth House. Enjoy enchanting views of the house and the Hunting Tower on this walk, along with the opportunity to savor a cup of tea and cake in the traditional tearooms at Edensor, the nearest village to Chatsworth. 

For this hike you can choose between two routes: a 6-mile option and a slightly longer 8-mile route. The extended path offers a scenic return from Chatsworth, with a charming walk along the River Derwent. Explore points of interest like a ruined corn mill and an Iron Age fort, each providing a wonderful viewpoint.

Length: 6 or 9 miles dependent on route

Difficulty: Medium

Campsite nearest Bakewell:
Bakewell Club Site

Find route here: Bakewell to Chatsworth Walk via Edensor route

3. Ilam Park to Dovedale Stepping Stones trail

Dovedale Stepping Stones

Explore the scenic Dovedale Circular Hike, commencing at the picturesque Ilam Park in the Peak District. This beginner-friendly 4.5 km stroll promises a relaxed two-hour journey through the landscapes surrounding Ilam village. Admire alpine-style houses and the Mary Watts-Russell Memorial Cross along the stone track at Bunster Hill's base. Dog-friendly, the route offers two options—one through fields with wildlife encounters and a slightly longer path alongside a drystone wall. Conclude your leisurely adventure at the iconic Stepping Stones in Dovedale, immersing yourself in the captivating natural beauty and serenity.

Length: Approximately 4.5km

Difficulty: Easy

Campsites nearest Dovedale: Alton The Star Club Site

Find route here: Ilam Park to Dovedale Stepping Stones Trail

4. Edale to Kinder Scout Walk

Kinder Scout

Embark on an accessible circular walk from Edale village to the Kinder plateau, the Peak District's highest point. The moderately challenging route ascends through Grindsbrook Clough, offering scenic views of landmarks like Crowden Tower and the Wool Packs. The descent follows Jacob's Ladder, completing the loop via the Pennine Way back to Edale. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Edale Valley and western Peak District.

Length: 12.7km

Hard - For experienced hikers with the proper hiking gear.

Campsites nearest Kinder Scout: Hayfield Club Site

Find route here: Edale to Kinder Scout Walk

5. Padley Gorge and Burbage Brook walk

Padley Gorge

This short and easy walk unveils the abundance of incredible wildlife in the meadow and beautiful pond at Longshaw. Enjoy a meander through the ancient sessile oak and birch woodland of Padley Gorge on this delightful stroll.

Length: 3.68km

Difficulty: Easy

Campsites near Padley Gorge: Bakewell Club Site

Find route here: Padley Gorge and Burbage Brook Walk

6. Bamford Edge Walk

Bamford Edge

Considered one of the greatest places in the Peak District for a magnificent sunset, Bamford Edge is a must-visit. There are two walk options available, one is a direct trail straight to Bamford Edge and one is a circular walk that offers a round trip round the village and past the lovely Ladybower reservoir. 

Length: Direct route is 5km and Circular route is 9km

Difficulty: Medium

Campsites near Bamford Edge:
Hayfield Club Site

Find route here:
Bamford Edge Walk Direct and Circular Route

7. The Limestone Way

The Limestone Way

The Limestone Way is a fantastic 46-mile marked trail through the beautiful White Peak area of the Peak District National Park. Starting from Castleton in the Hope Valley, the route takes you through scenic dales and rolling green landscapes of the Derbyshire Dales to Rocester on the banks of the River Dove in Staffordshire. Enjoy this leisurely walk over several days, soaking in the remarkable scenery and views. The trail passes through charming villages, offering cafes and pubs for refreshments. You can also opt for a side trip to the former spa town of Matlock.

Length: 74km

Moderately challenging

Campsites near The Limestone Way: Hayfield Club Site

Find route here: The Limestone Way

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