The Peak District has miles of picturesque footpaths to explore with routes to suit all ages and abilities and is therefore a great place to enjoy a walking holiday. The more energetic can enjoy hiking with more challenging climbs whilst for the less active or for those with children there are many charming walks along trails and more suitable paths, with equally spectacular views of some of the country’s most magnificent landscapes.
Enjoy great walks in the Derbyshire & Staffordshire Peak District
Dovedale and Ilam from the park
This wonderful route takes you on quiet trails and lanes into the stunning limestone valley of Dovedale. From there it crosses the iconic stepping stones and
heads to the very pretty village of Ilam, before returning on peaceful field paths beside the crystal-clear River Dove. There are two pubs en route for refreshments if needed, as well as a snack kiosk in Dovedale and a National Trust tearoom in Ilam.
Walks to Ashbourne from the park
This walk provides an alternative scenic route into the wonderful ancient market town of Ashbourne, taking you along quiet trails, field paths and country lanes.
Ashbourne is a great place for a day out, offering a wide range of well known and independent shops, as well as plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs, all in a setting of historic charm. There are three options for the return route depending on the time you have available.
Mapleton & Okeover Hall from the park
This beautiful route takes you into stunning open countryside on quiet trails and field paths, through the little village of Mapleton and into Okeover, past the magnificent 14th century country house estate of Okeover Hall. From there it passes through rolling fields to the pretty village of Blore, with incredible views across the hills and slopes of Dovedale, before winding back to the park. There is a dog-friendly pub in Mapleton for refreshments en route if needed, as well as plenty of great picnic spots!
Fenny Bentley & Tissington Hall from the park
This beautiful route takes you through peaceful countryside to the lovely village of Fenny Bentley. From there it wends its way on field paths and
quiet lane sto the picture-perfect village of Tissington, with its collection of pretty cottages, duckpond and magnificent country manor house, before returning on country trails back to the park. There is a wonderful tearoom in Tissington for refreshments en route.
Mapleton and Thorpe from the park
This stunning route takes you along quiet trails and field paths to the lovely village of Mapleton. From there it passes through peaceful meadows alongside the crystal-clear River Dove to the delightful village of Thorpe, before returning on country paths and trails back to the park. There are pubs at both villages to enjoy refreshments.
This 6 mile circular walk crosses the famous stepping stones in Dovedale and alongside the River Dove as it cuts between towering limestone crags, tracks through the grassy slopes of Hall Dale and passes through the picture-perfect village of Ilam. Route: Thanks to Let's Go Peak District.
This 5.5 mile stunning walk starts and ends in the pretty village of Hartington. It takes you over fields and through woodland into Beresford Dale and Wolfscote Dale, where the path runs beside the River Dove. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
This 5 mile circular walk from Wetton Mill is simply stunning, offering some of the very best views of the Manifold Valley including the iconic Thor's Cave that offers incredible views over the landscape. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Dragons Back Walk
This 3.9 mile circular walk starts and ends in the pretty little hamlet of Hollinsclough. Taking you along field paths and country lanes with magnificent views over the wild Staffordshire hills, dotted with farms and criss-crossed with stone walls. The route then brings you along the crest of one half of the famous ‘Dragon’s Back’ Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
This 5.5 mile route follows lanes, byroads, moorland paths and woodland tracks. Expect mud and wear walking boots and warm clothing for the exposed ridge of The Roaches. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Dales of the River Dove
This is a circular walk of 8 miles, along mixed terrain of hill trails and grassy paths. There are some fairly steep sections and a number of stiles. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Tissington Walk Via Parwich
This is a walk of 4 miles. There are some gentle ascents and descents, and some uneven terrain on the field paths. There are step stiles and squeeze stiles. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Chatsworth and Edensor
This fabulous 3.8 mile walk follows beautiful country paths on the Chatsworth Estate, passing through the charming villages of Calton Lees and Edensor. It provides spectacular views of Chatsworth House and the River Derwent, and there’s a very good chance of seeing both red deer and fallow deer en route. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Three Shires Head
This Three Shires Head walk is quite a distance at 3.8 miles but it’s very pretty and the terrain is not too challenging, so it should suit kids aged 6 years and over or those with a bit of stamina! Three Shires Head is where the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire meet. It’s a series of beautiful pools, waterfalls and bridges in the middle of the countryside, and on a sunny day it’s the most perfect swimming, paddling and picnicking spot. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Castleton via Mam Tor
This stunning Castleton circular 5.5 mile walk takes in the most classic views of this beautiful part of the Peak District starting and ending in the pretty village of Castleton. On the way it climbs through the hidden gorge of Cave Dale, offering a wonderful perspective of Peveril Castle. From there it treks up on to Mam Tor and along the iconic Great Ridge, from where there are magnificent views of the Hope Valley and Edale Valley, before descending back into Castleton. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Bamford Walk via Ladybower
This lovely circular 4 mile walk takes in some fabulous views around the pretty village of Bamford. The route heads past Bamford Mill and then follows the beautiful Thornhill Trail to the dam across Ladybower reservoir. From there the route heads through pretty countryside and along quiet village lanes back to the start point. Route: Thanks to Lets Go Peak District
Enjoy a guided walk in the Peak District. Led by qualified instructors you can venture off the beaten track, learn about local history or ensure you take in the best views. My Guided Walks offers walks and navigation training.