Best walks in Derbyshire

Discover woodlands, wild rivers, country houses and mini mountains with our favourite Derbyshire hikes

A walker at Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill

Derbyshire contains parts of the Peak District National Park, the Pennine Range and the National Forest.

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Notable features include 636m Kinder Scout, the rumbling Derwent River and a huge range of ancient monuments. Discover the county’s moorland, valleys, mountains and towns with our favourite Derbyshire walks.

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Calke Park, Derbyshire

Calle Abbey, Derbyshire
Calle Abbey, Derbyshire ©Oliver Mills

Fall under a fairy’s spell in bluebell woodland on this majestic estate in the Peak District. Map and route.

 

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Kinder Scout, Derbyshire

Kinder Downfall, Derbyshire
Waterfall on Kinder Scout in the Peak District ©Alamy

Sandwiched between Manchester and Sheffield in the Peak District National Park, the bleak but beautiful upland plateau of Kinder Scout is a landscape of wind-swept waterfalls and rocky crags, perfect for hikers and scramblers alike. Map and route.

 

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Padley Gorge, Derbyshire

Padley Gorge millstones Derbyshire
Padley Gorge millstones ©Getty

Enjoy an absorbing woodland amble en route to a striking post-industrial landscape veiled by Peak District trees. Map and route.

 

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Tideswell, Derbyshire

St John the Baptist church in Tideswell
Worship has taken place on the site of St John the Baptist church in Tideswell since the 11th century ©Alamy

Take a winter wander from Tideswell’s ‘Cathedral of the Peak’ into the depths of Miller’s Dale and Monk’s Dale in the Peak District National Park. Map and route.

 

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Monsal Dale, Derbyshire

This walk takes you through the River Wye's twisting, wooded gorge, deep in the White Peak ©Getty
This walk takes you through the River Wye’s twisting, wooded gorge, deep in the White Peak ©Getty

Ramble the high tracks and waterside paths of Monsal Dale in the Peak District National Park to revel in an explosion of seasonal colour. Map and route.

 

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Birchover, Derbyshire

Spectacular sunset on a bitterly cold day at The Grey Ladies / Nine Stone Close Stone Circle, Robin Hood's Stride Peak District National Park
Spectacular sunset on a bitterly cold day at The Grey Ladies / Nine Stone Close Stone Circle, Robin Hood’s Stride Peak District National Park ©Alamy

The Peak District National Park is home to dozens of mysterious rock formations and stone circles – discover some of the best on this prehistoric five-mile walk. Map and route.

 

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Chee Dale, Miller’s Dale and Wye Dale, Derbyshire

Cheedale, Derbyshire
Cheedale, Derbyshire ©Neil Coates

This four-mile loop walk along the River Wye in the Peak District takes you through deep gorges and lush forests. Map and route.

 

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Castleton, Derbyshire

Winnats Pass, Derbyshire
Winnats Pass, Derbyshire ©Getty

Enjoy Christmas in the Peak District with a winter wander from the festive village of Castleton to mighty Winnats Pass. Map and route.

 

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Mam Tor, Derbyshire

Golden sunrise at Mam Tor in the English Peak District on a hazy Autumn Morning with wooden gate.
Golden sunrise at Mam Tor ©Alamy

Pack hiking boots and crackers for a stay at a pub in the village of Hope where cheese once passed as currency, then walk off your lunch with a stroll up one of the Peak District’s best-loved hills. Map and route.

 

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Hathersage, Derbyshire

Hathersage Moor Derbyshire
Hathersage Moor Derbyshire ©Getty

Step into the eastern fringes of the Peak District National Park and explore the landscape said to have inspired Charlotte Brontë to pen her novel Jane Eyre. Map and route.

 

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Chrome Hill, Derbyshire

A walker at Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill
A walker at Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill

In this quiet corner of the Peak District National Park a turf-covered monster has lain sleeping for millions of years – discover the spectacular Dragon’s Back with this 6.5-mile hill walk. Map and route.

 

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Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

Visitors look out towards Derwent Dam at Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire
Visitors look out towards Derwent Dam at Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire ©Getty

The reservoirs of the Peak District’s Upper Derwent Valley played a key role in the most famous bombing raid of the Second World War – today they are popular and peaceful spots, best explored on foot with a six-mile walk. Map and route.