The Peak District National Park offers the walker a large network of footpaths, lanes and trails mostly established long ago by the area's inhabitants in travelling from their farms, churches, mines and markets.
The natural beauty of Dovedale and the Manifold Valley alone draw some 2 million visitors with queues forming at the famous stepping stones near the southern end of Dovedale at the busiest times. However avoiding bank holidays and sunny weekends, it is still possible to enjoy a ramble even here in relative peace.
Other areas are less well known and with a planned route, a map, and a pair of walking boots are just as exciting to explore and often far more rewarding. The problem often lies in finding suitable routes.
Walking Festivals in Derbyshire and the Peak District 2014
Peak District Walking & Outdoor Festival, from 26th April to 11th May 2014. See Peak District Walking
Chesterfield Area Walking Festival 2014 runs from 10th – 18th May 2014 . Programme available from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre from January 2014
Booking opens January 2014 (book at the Visitor Information Centre or online) Online booking on www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk also opens January 2014
National Forest Walking Festival 2014 runs from 17th – 29th May 2014. See www.thenationalforestwalkingfestival.org.uk for more information.
Derwent Valley Heritage Way was opened in April 2003, a new 55-mile linear walk which runs from
Ladybower Reservoir in the north - through
some of the area's richest natural landscape
and industrial heritage - to Derwent Mouth,
where the river Derwent flows into the Trent,
in the south.
Highlights along the way include
the scenic stretch of the river between
Hathersage and Grindleford, the Chatsworth
Estate, the spectacular limestone cliffs at
Matlock Bath and the Derbyshire cradle of the
Industrial Revolution, the Derwent Valley
Mills World Heritage Site, where the factory
system was born.
More information and a map of the route can be found at Walking The Derwent Valley Heritage Way
The Countryside and Rights of Way Bill of 2000 (CRow) gave you the right to walk across 'access land' in England and Wales. There are clear limitations, however. It only applies to clearly defined mountains, moors, heaths, downs and registered common land. It only applies to walkers and not to cyclists or horse riders. There are exclusions, too - on cultivated land for example. Access land can also be closed off by landowners for up to 28 days a year, and closed for routine management like heather burning, to protect wildlife, for defence reasons and for safety reasons.
Significantly, dogs must be kept on leads between 1st March and 31st July and always in the vicinity of livestock. In addition, you can be excluded from grouse moors and fields during lambing if you have a dog.
www.roaches.org.uk - Walks and information on the Roaches
Walking Britain contains many Peak District walks which include Deepdale, Peak Forest, Upper Dovedale, the edges above Baslow, Axe Edge and Three Shire's Head, and Hathersage Moor.
Transpeak Walks TRANSPEAK WALKS is a 'not for profit' voluntary group which organises "free to the public" guided walks in The Peak District. We specialise in linear Station to Station walks, concentrating on The Hope Valley (Manchester - Sheffield), Buxton & Glossop railway lines.