My Favourite Walks



Everyone has their favourite walk - from a 15 minute walk to the top of High Wheeldon to an all day hike across the moors. Here are a few suggestions and comments from our guest - something for everyone !

High Wheeldon (Walk No. 2 from the door)

  • Always the first hill we climb !
  • 360o panorama and on a clear day feels like you can see forever
  • View from the top of High Wheeldon well worth the climb in the snow (the walking poles we borrowed came in very handy…)

Crowdecote Circular (Walk No. 6 from the door)

  • Fabulous !  The Bank Pottery en route has some lovely pieces and the owners are very friendly.  The view from the top of High Wheeldon is stunning
  • Beautiful shortish walk interrupted by a pint in front of the fire at The Packhorse Inn, after a ‘”bit of a pipe-cleaner” to the top of High Wheeldon.  Our dog sat dutifully for his picture on the triangulation point

High Peak Trail & Royal Oak (Walk No. 4 from the door)

  • Great for off-lead dog walks + easy walking for the older folk
  • Easy walk – good for pushchairs or wheelchair users.  Dogs enjoyed it too !
  • Ideal walk for wet weather as virtually all gravel track/lanes
  • Extend by continuing along High Peak Trail to Hartington Junction and then down the road into Hartington itself, before catching 442 bus (dog free) which will drop you off right outside Wheeldon Trees

Parkhouse and Chrome Hills (Walk No. 7 from the door)

  • Good walk with a fair amount of hilly sections.  Walked up Parkhouse – pretty steep and not easy to get to the top, but a very good view when you get there !
  • Particularly good with snow on the ground increasing the drama of the climb and of the valley and allowing us to walk over a wall on at least one occasion !
  • Some hard uphill parts but worth it for the fabulous views

Along the quarry to Earl Sterndale (Walk No. 5 from the door)

  • Lovely views and an easy walk, but gets overgrown with thistles and nettles in summer and autumn so don’t go in shorts !

 

Longnor (Walk No. 3)

  • The walk to Longnor (via tea and scones at the Longnor Carft Centre) was perfect.  Lots of different terrain and a lovely couple of hours spent !

 

Chatsworth Estate

  • Park your car at the House for £3 and you can walk all over the grounds
  • Dogs are also welcome in the gardens (charge for people)

 

Lathkill Dale

  • Beautiful riverside walk not to be missed !!

 

 

Dovedale

  • Very busy, but still definitely worth a visit
  • From main car park near Thorpe, a fairly gentle meander alon the River Dove to Milldale where there's a little shop for drinks and snacks - 11 km round trip
  • Most of the way ok with a pushchair with a few places with steps and rocks to carry it up and over...
  • Completely accessible from main car park up to stepping stones
  • Disabled parking right by the river in Milldale

 

Monsal Trail

  • Gentle 1½  hours from Miller’s Dale Car Park along the path beside River Wye to Cressbrook and back via the Monsal Trail – simply stunning
  • Monsal Head to Miller's Dale - one of Julia Bradbury's "railway walks"

 

Manifold Valley (from Hulme End parking and visitor centre)

  • Off the beaten track and very peaceful
  • Beautiful walk with lovely wild flowers

 

 

Ramshaw Rocks and The Roaches

  • Ten minutes drive away for a very pleasant walk with marvelous views
  • A 2 hour round walk takes you to Doxey Pools, which is quite stunning
  • Great scrambling and fun walking - with easy car parking very nearby

 

High Peak / Tissington Trail

  • Level walk with good surface (old railway track) - you can pick it up at the car park just by The Royal Oak.  Good for bike riding, small people and pushchairs
  • Thorpe Car Park to Tissington is about 2.5 kms  - refresh yourself at the tea rooms before starting your return...
  • When you've completed the Tissington Trail, don't forget its neighbour, the High Peak Trail - just as glorious with its scenerey and much quieter.  Lots to learn about railway history on the way...

 

Buxton Country Park

  • Good with kids - our boys (10 & 8) loved playing on rocky outcrops at the top near Solomon'sTemple, an old folly

 

Elton / Robin Hood's Stride

  • Wonderful !  Took about 2 hours, varied - woods, hills, rocks, heather etc.

 

Padley Gorge

  • Lovely walk for parents, 14 year old son and cocker spaniel

 

Derwent and Howden Reservoirs

  • Entirely pram/buggy accessible - a great day out
  • Lovely Visitors Centre, picnic spot and shop with hot and cold food at Fairholmes

 

Hartington > Biggin Dale > Wolfscote Dale > Beresford Dale > Hartington

  • A good circular walk of about 4 hours including time for picnic and plenty of photography.  You’ll need a map to plan it, but it’s pretty easy to work out.
  • A good variety of landscape and on the whole easy going.  A few areas are a little rough underfoot.

 

Alstonefield > Biggin Dale > Hartington > Beresford Dale > Wolfscote Dale > Alstonefield

  • 13.5 km
  • Lunch at Hartington
  • Save some energy for the stepping stones back up to Alstonefield !

 

Alstonefield > Stanhope > Harts Wood > Buster Hill > Ilam > Milldale > Alstonefield

  • 14 kms
  • Lunch at Ilam

 

Monyash > Limestone Way to Over Haddon > Conksbury Bridge > Lathkill Dale > Monyash

  • About 16 kms
  • Just a few ups and downs
  • Fantastic views
  • Lovely return walk along the River Lathkill

Lud's Church

  • Park at Gradbach Youth Hostel (past Flash)
  • Walk along the river and up through the woods to an amazing cleft in the rocks

Wheeldon Trees to Hartington

  • About 11 kms
  • Over the hill to Crowdecote and then follow the Dove to Pilsbury and on to the lovely gated road
  • Stop for morning coffee/afternoon tea with delicious home baking at Bank Top Farm
  • Walk back along the High Peak Trail or catch the 442 bus back to the door

Hartington > Sheen > Pilsley > Hartington

  • Just beautiful !
  • Lunch at The Staffordshire Knott in Sheen

Goyt Valley

  • Several different car parks at various levels - from the high point near the Cat and Fiddle Pub down to the reservoir
  • Flat paths suitable for wheelchairs and buggies
  • There is a disabled only car park for easy access
  • Lots of walking or strolling - or just watching the world go by...

Macclesfield Forest

  • A bit of everything :  scenery, woods reservoirs
  • Some steep sections but well worth the breathtaking panorama
  • Stop up at 'Nice Nosh' at Trentabank Car Park - open 10.00-16.00 every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year

Bakewell > Chatsworth > Bakewell

  • Very muddy - but it was the end of December !
  • Teashop at Edensor very welcome, also at The Stables at Chatsworth itself

Wheeldon Trees > Longnor > Brund > Hartington > Pilsley > Crowdecote > Wheeldon Trees

  • Excellent circuit
  • About 6 hours to a well-earned pint at the Packhorse Inn in Crowdecote
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