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Walking In Derbyshire

There really is no better way to see the beautiful area that we live in than to walk in Derbyshire.

Over the years we have walked what feels like pretty much the entire of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and feel it only right to share those walks with you. In every edition of Country Images Magazine we feature a walk for you to follow and now we’ve put them online for you to read too. If you have a mobile or tablet, why not follow the walks on it, with a map and an explanation of where to go it’s ideal for you to follow so as not to get lost. We hope  you enjoy the selection below and check back regularly for new walks.


Walks In Derbyshire

Walk Derbyshire – Where Izaak Walton Fished – Hartington

Izaak Walton, seventeenth century author of ‘The Campleat (sic) Angler – The Contemplative Man’s Recreation’ would have been familiar with at least half of this walk. The Dove was one of his favourite places to cast a fly, along with his younger friend, the impecunious Hartington landowner, Charles Cotton. They regularly fished the river’s clear […]

Walk Derbyshire – Following The Norman Conquerors In Hartington

Once Duke William was crowned as King of England following the Battle of Hastings, it took several years before the Normans could claim true domination of the country beyond the readily subservient south of England.  Throughout the north and marshes of East Anglia, rebellious Saxons made it clear that they wanted nothing to do with […]

Walk Derbyshire – A Walk from Grin Low & Buxton Country Park

There are not many walks claiming to start downhill, but this one does (although the height lost must be regained at the end, but nothing is perfect, is it?) The walk starts from the car park accessing Solomon’s Temple before dropping down to the centre of Buxton and its Pavilion Gardens, returning by way of […]

Walk Derbyshire – Taddington to Flagg & Chelmorton

This month’s walk has a little bit of archaeology thrown in for good measure.  All it takes is a strong pair of legs, keen eyesight and maybe but not essentially, a lightweight set of binoculars. Starting and finishing in the delightful village of Taddington, a place where winter snows seem to come long before other […]

Walk Derbyshire – Walking Eyam, Bretton Edge and Foolow

Here is a walk through some of the historical countryside surrounding the plague village of Eyam, a village where the Covid-19 pandemic must have jogged some deep folk memories from a time when the inhabitants of Eyam made a courageous stand against an outbreak far worse than that which beset them in more recent days. […]

Walk Derbyshire – Walking from Golden Valley to Codnor Castle

Here is a walk through history – from medieval times through the industrial revolution to the present day.  Starting at the quaintly named Golden Valley, it passes the monument to a Victorian ironmaster and civil engineer, before crossing farmland slowly recovering from the depredation of open-cast coal mining in order. From here farm lanes reach […]

Walk Derbyshire – Combs Reservoir

Combs Moss is an outlier of the higher moors of the Daark Peak.  It sits between Buxton and Chapel-en-le-Frith, mainly overlooking the latter.  Looking upwards from Chapel, a long escarpment dominates the skyline, marked by two protruding side ridges radiating from its eastern edge.   The further of the two, between Combs and Short Edges, […]

Walk Derbyshire – Thorpe Cloud

Two prominent hills guard the southern entrance to Dovedale; bulky Bunster rises to the west at the end of a broad limestone ridge, while Thorpe Cloud’s graceful summit looks to the east.  The steeper of the two, the Cloud has footpaths on three sides and as such has become a popular venue for walkers looking […]

Walk Derbyshire – Three Shires in a Flash

Children will love this walk, for where else can they visit three counties within a matter of seconds?  The highlight of the walk is the bridge known as Three Shire Heads, where Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire all meet at a point in the middle of an ancient pack horse bridge over the River Dane.  To […]

Walk Derbyshire – Elton & Gratton Dale

This walk explores one of the lesser known parts of the White Peak.  Properties in Elton where the walk starts, would be easily recognised by any returning inhabitant, even after the passage of long forgotten centuries. At one time there were two villages, Gratton as well as Elton, but following an outbreak of the Black […]

Walk Derbyshire – Howden & Derwent Reservoir Walk

Distance: 10.3 miles of easy road walking, mostly through woodland followed by a gravel track above Howden and Derwent Reservoirs. Recommended Map: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Series Sheet1; The Peak District, Dark Peak Area Public Transport: Hulleys and TM Travel 273, 274 & 275 Two Hour Service from Bakewell and Sheffield via Castleton and Bamford. […]

Walk Derbyshire – Into The Past Through Five Historic Sites

History is everywhere with us in the Peak District.  People have lived on and shaped the land for thousands of years, from the erectors of prehistoric standing stones and henges, right down to the current developments needed to house today’s expanding population. This walk touches a sample of five different ways the Peak has been […]

Walk Derbyshire – Holymoorside

DISTANCE: 3½miles (5.6km) of easy walking along farm lanes and woodland, plus by-roads and side lanes. RECOMMENDED MAP: Ordnance Survey 1:25000 scale Explorer Map, Sheet 269, Chesterfield & Alfreton. PUBLIC TRANSPORT:  Stagecoach X17 from Matlock. CAR PARKING: Roadside on Belland Lane, connecting the A632 Matlock/Chesterfield road to the B5057 Darley Dale /Two Dales road. REFRESHMENTS: […]

Walk Derbyshire – Miller’s Dale

DISTANCE: 5 miles (8km) of field and river path walking linked by a mile of walled farm track.  Reasonably dry underfoot except during lengthy wet spells. RECOMMENDED MAP: Ordnance Survey1:25,000 scale Outdoor Leisure Series Sheet 24, White Peak area. PUBLIC TRANSPORT:  TM Travel service 65 between Sheffield, Miller’s Dale and Buxton, hourly service, Monday to […]

Walk Derbyshire – Walks from Stately Homes – Lyme Park

DISTANCE: 3½ miles (5.6km) of moderate forest track, open moorland, surfaced road, waymarked field path and rough access drive.  525 foot (160m) climb. RECOMMENDED MAP: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Sheet 1, Dark Peak. 1:25,000 scale. PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Hourly TP service buses to Buxton, then bus or train to Disley where a short walk along a […]

Walk Derbyshire – Lathkill Dale & Over Haddon

Lathkill Dale is one of my favourite walking areas of the Peak. I don’t know how many times I have walked beside what Izaac Walton called ‘the purest of streams’. I have walked there and enjoyed it in all weathers and in every season of the year. There are almost unlimited variations of footpath routes […]

Walk Derbyshire – Tegg’s Nose and the Upper Bollin Valley

5 miles (8km) of moderate to strenuous walking on well-defined footpaths and by-roads. 492-foot (150m) descent and ascent. Recommended map: Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale, Outdoor Leisure Map Sheet 2, The White Peak. Bus Services: High Peak number 58, hourly on weekdays and two-hourly on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Car Parking: Pay and Display Tegg’s […]

Walk Derbyshire – Carsington Pasture & The High Peak Trail

5 miles (8km) of minor road and field path walking with one steady 252 foot climb (77m). Moderate. RECOMMENDED MAP: Ordnance Survey Explorer Map Sheet OL24.  1:25000 scale; the Peak District, White Peak Area.     PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Your Bus service between Ashbourne and Matlock calls at Carsington Water Visitor Centre and Carsington village every […]

Walk Derbyshire – Chelmorton and Deepdale

4¼miles (6.8km) of moderate walking on field paths and cart tracks; rocky in DeepdaleRECOMMENDED MAP: Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Outdoor Leisure map Sheet 2; The White PeakBUS SERVICES: Transpeak TP service from Derby stops at the Monyash road-end. Hulleys 177 Bakewell to Buxton via Monyash service stops at Chelmorton Post Office. High Peak 193 Tideswell to […]

Walk Derbyshire – Around Matlock Moor

A short 4 mile (6.4km) easy walk along clear paths and a quiet upland road.  One steady climb of 220ft (67m). Muddy sections near both farms and woodland passed along the way. Recommended Map:  Outdoor Leisure Map Sheet 24 The Peak District – White Peak Area. Transport: The X17 Chesterfield service leaves Matlock bus station […]

Walk Derbyshire – Youlgreave & Its Two Dales

5 miles (8km): easy riverside walking along two attractive dales, linked by an interesting village street. RECOMMENDED MAP: Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Outdoor Leisure Series; Sheet 24, The Peak District, White Peak Area. PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Hulley’s 171 hourly service from Bakewell (no Sunday service). CAR PARKING: laybys at roadside beyond River Lathkill bridge outside Alport. […]

Walk Derbyshire – Through Elton’s Gritstone Countryside

3miles (4,8km): easy/moderate walking. Two short climbs on easy gradients RECOMMENDED MAP: Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale, Outdoor Leisure map Sheet 2, The White Peak. BUS SERVICES: Hulleys’ 172 runs at 38 minutes past the hour from Matlock, Monday to Saturday. CAR PARKING: on the village main street – please make sure you do not interfere […]

Walk Derbyshire – Pentrich to Crich

When Country Images magazine was first launched in 1994 we were pleased to be able to include walks from ‘not so’ Old Perce. Over the following months he traversed the Amber valley and provided delightful walks that, as all walks should, start and finish at the local pub. With many village pubs closing that has […]

Walk Derbyshire – Walking Above the Canal – Cromford

The car park at the Cromford end of its namesake canal is a popular starting point for at least five walks to my reckoning. Most weekends and days in between, well-clad walkers will be congregating, busily pulling on their boots and at the same time, chatting to their friends. This walk starts, like all the […]

Walk Derbyshire – Chatsworth to Haddon Hall

The two great houses visited on this walk are within four miles of each other as the crow flies, but each has made a unique impression on the face of the Peak District.  Chatsworth, ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire has developed following the fashions of house-building nobles.  Additions have been made since its […]

Walk Derbyshire – Kedleston’s Glorious Parkland

It is hard to believe that the ever constant bustle of Derby’s traffic is barely a couple of miles away at its closest point.  Kedleston’s park is an oasis of tranquility, with now naturalised groves and plantations, set around hundreds of acres of green-sward and lakes.  All this overlooks winding ponds separated by tinkling waterfalls, […]

Walk Derbyshire – A Winter Warmer Around the Longshaw Estate

I have to make an apology before embarking on the text for this walk.  In July I acquired a new hip, this was after upwards of ten years trying to ignore an ever growing problem. Fortunately I had the sense to build up a stock-pile of walks, which kept Garry and Alistair happy at Images […]

Walk Derbyshire – A walk around Ilam Hall

Tucked away on a bend of the Manifold river, Ilam Hall village was built in the 1820s on the instructions of Jesse Watts-Russell. The original Victorian houses of the village echo the fairy-tale image of the hall, built at a time when skilled labour was cheap. It was also a time when tenants could be […]

Walk Derbyshire – Around Winster

Winster is a haphazard cluster of seventeenth and eighteenth- century houses linked by narrow hillside alleys or ginnels as they are known locally.  They sit in a pattern which suited the lead miners and their families in the hey-day of this now extinguished Peak District industry. The walk follows paths once trodden by miners who, […]

Derbyshire Walk – Elvaston Castle

This walk, around the parkland of Elvaston Castle, is one of my occasional excursions from some of Derbyshire’s grand houses.  Unfortunately it could almost be described as from one of Maxwell Craven’s ‘Lost Houses’.  Financial constraints on its present owners, Derbyshire County Council, make it impossible to fund the necessary £6.1 million needed to restore […]

Walk Derbyshire – Foolow & Silly Dale

There are no records of any simpleton, either in Foolow or Silly Dale; both names come from Anglo Saxon English and have entirely different meanings than in today’s language.  Foolow means multi-coloured hill, possibly a reference to nearby Eyam Edge. Silly is Old English for pretty, an apt description of this little-known dale, especially in […]

Walk Derbyshire – Tideswell, Miller’s Dale and Litton

The history of the Peak District is writ large on this walk.  Starting way back in time when volcanoes spewed out their lavas, the walk enters one of the loveliest dales in the White Peak, but it was where orphaned children were unable to enjoy its delights.  Climbing out of the dale, the way is […]

Derbyshire Walk – Tissington

I had visions of Michael Fish, the man whose forecast about there being no danger of hurricanes, went as his Scots forebears would have put it; ‘gone aft a’gley’.  In my case it was a completely wrong interpretation of the forecast. According to a weather map in the Guardian a day or so before the […]

Walk Derbyshire – A Walk over 2 Dales

The dales this walk covers are within a mile or two of each other and even though they join later, both are entirely different in character.  Their names are the Manifold and the Dove. Their character is mostly determined by the rocks over which their rivers flow; gritstone shales for the Manifold and carboniferous limestone […]

Walk Derbyshire – Viator’s Bridge & The Dove Holes

This short walk can be fitted in with a trip exploring more of Dovedale or simply as a day out combined with lunch at one of the hospitable pubs in villages round and about the valley. It is over 300 years since Izaak Walton fished in the pure waters of the river Dove along with […]

Derbyshire Walk – An Alpine-style walk around Matlock Bath

On a sunny weekend today’s Matlock Bath is popular with middle-aged motorcyclists whose expensive mounts line the riverside frontage.  They are just the modern manifestation of the visitors who come to enjoy the local scenery.  As far back as the Georgian era, people have come to admire the unique setting of this small village: at […]

Walk – Bretton

This year’s winter warmer walk starts and finishes conveniently at the Barrel Inn at Bretton. The inn is just one of five buildings making this ridgetop settlement which stands at 1300 feet on the moors above the plague village of Eyam. Dating back to 1597,the Barrel has an excellent reputation for good food and well-kept […]

Walk Around and Over Swarkestone Bridge

Starting with Swarkestone Bridge, there are three other historical features passed by on this walk around the Trent’s floodplain near Melbourne.  With a total ascent of only 65 feet (20 metres), it follows grassy footpaths, an old railway trail, minor roads and a quiet farm track on its way around this historical part of South […]

Walk Around Birchover & Stanton Moor

Birchover is one of Derbyshire’s true hill villages. Set well away from any major road, it owes its existence to the attractively hued gritstone still quarried nearby. While there are not quite the numbers of men and women employed in the remaining quarry than in years gone by, there are still many of the original […]

Walk Around Pentrich

It is hard to realise that this idyllic part of rural Derbyshire once harboured a group of men who in desperation tried to form an association along the lines of a self-help union.  They were driven to this by the conditions of the time, two hundred years ago when rising prices of even the most […]

Walk through Calke Abbey

Leaving the pretty village of Ticknall, it is possible to follow a series of field paths meandering through the ancient parkland of Calke Abbey to Melbourne Hall and back by field and woodland tracks.  The walk passes the tranquil waters of Staunton Harold Reservoir, and into the attractive late Georgian market town of Melbourne. We […]

Walk Derbyshire – Crich Chase

Scrub woodland and lush grazing along a hillside climbing above the Derwent Valley was once part of a thousand acre hunting and pleasure ground used only by royalty. Established in the 13th century for King Henry III’s son the Earl of Leicester who was also called Edmund Crouchback, it became known as Beaurepaire, ‘a beautiful […]

Walk Around & About Belper

For a town that has seen industries come and go, Belper manages to retain its semi-rural appeal. With countryside coming right up to its oldest part, it is easy to escape the pressures of everyday living. Not only does Belper have this countryside on its doorstep, it has, for a town of its size, probably […]

High Peak Trail

Regular followers of my walks will no doubt have noticed that I always try to design the walk around a convenient pub.  This walk is no exception and can almost be considered a pub crawl. It passes the doors of two and, more to the point, starts and finishes at a walker (and dog) friendly […]

Walk around Osmaston & Shirley Parks

Despite traffic thundering along the A52 Derby/Ashbourne road barely a mile away, the tranquil villages of Osmaston and Shirley with their thatched-roofed cottages and mellow Derbyshire brick, are the archetypal image of typical English villages.  Between them are the wooded sporting estates of Osmaston Manor and Shirley Hall; this walk crosses both. Oddly enough, the […]

Tittesworth Reservoir

It is a long time since I was last in the area around the Roaches near Leek.  The highest gritstone edge in the Peak, the escarpment dominates the northern skyline in this walk.  Tittesworth Reservoir has a long history.  It was built in two stages with the original dam created in 1858 to collect water […]

The Top of the Amber valley

Like many walkers, I got sick and tired of walking on muddy tracks this winter. As a result I began to look around for places where I could walk without dragging myself through a good impression of a Great War Somme battlefield.  We did manage a few short strolls along the old railway trails, one […]

A Winter Warmer Around Attenborough Nature Reserve

Wrap up well for this walk because the wind off the River Trent at this time is often called ‘a lazy wind’, rather than go round, it tries to cut straight through your jacket.  Nevertheless it is an ideal winter walk for it is along wide, level, well surfaced tracks more than often sheltered by […]

Around Errwood and the Goyt Valley

When the A5004 Buxton/Whaley Bridge road reaches the top of Long Hill, a minor side road on the left, runs steeply downhill across the moors to reach Errwood Reservoir dam. Beyond the reservoir, the road forks, one climbing to the right, steeply uphill towards Rainow following the line of a possible Roman road, but certainly […]

Along Stanage Edge

The eastern escarpment of the Derwent Valley is lined along most of its length almost from its birth and as far as Chatsworth.  Broken into sections where natural weaknesses allow roads or trackways to cross the heights, this abrupt rise from the valley has always determined the route taken by travellers from as far back […]

Walking The Erewash

A comment from a reader who had walked my ‘Up the Nottingham and down the Erewash’ canal walk published in Images May edition, drew my attention to the fact that it is possible to expand May’s walk as a figure-of-eight, starting and finishing at the same place near Ilkeston; namely the sports ground opposite the […]

A Walk around Chatsworth

A walk that turned out to be different to what we intended. We are becoming addicted to TM Travel’s 217 simply because it stops outside my house on its way to Chatsworth. It was one of those rare fine days a week or so ago and having the day free we decided to go for […]

A search for Betty Kenny’s Tree

Looking for a single tree in Shining Woods might seem a fool’s errand, something akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. This tree, though is rather special, or, to be truthful, its scant remains are historically special. The tree in question was, in its younger days, a 2000 year-old yew, the pride of […]

A Walk around Rowarth

The chances are that if you are not acquainted with the area, you will be thinking to yourself, ‘Rowarth, where on earth is Rowarth?’ The village of Rowarth, the subject of this month’s walk, is one of those little known places one finds from time to time tucked away in some pleasant corner of the […]

Walk Around Froggatt Edge

This is a walk full of contrasts and interest.  Starting near the mouth of the longest and still used railway tunnel in the Peak District, it passes some of the most natural woodland in the region and also the one-time home of two priests martyred for their beliefs. Partly wooded valley strolling then follows, and […]

Up the Nottingham & Down the Erewash

There is industry, old and new along the Erewash Valley, but strange as it may seem, parts of the valley are so free of industrial overtones, that they have become a series of nature reserves. Safe from the noise and bustle of traffic along the cross-valley roads, water fowl and semi-rare plants have made their […]

Walk Around Chatsworth

I fancied a kipper the other day, but as my tastes run to something better than the dyed apologies on offer in supermarkets, I decided to combine my shopping trip with a walk, especially as the day in question was one of the sunniest we have had in this atrociously wet winter so far. There […]

Two Ducal Stations and a Trail

I hate mud.  There I have got it out of my system, but how was I to prepare my latest walk for Images? Normally I have to carry out my reconnoitring anything up to three months before publication date, but like Shakespeare says in Twelfth Night, it seemed as though ‘the rain it raineth every […]

A Walk around Riber & Dethick

The façade of Riber Castle stands proud, high above Matlock, despite the vicissitudes of weather that has been thrown at it for over 160 years.  Built of local stone, on a hillside 850 feet above sea level by John Smedley in the 1850s, who intended it to be the culminating feature of his hydropathic establishments […]

A Walk through Codnor and Ironville

In my recent winter warmer walk I mentioned about being puzzled by the strange tower-like pit head of Brittain Pit near Midland Railway’s Swanwick Junction.  As there is winding machinery apparently attached to the tower, it seemed an odd way to access the mine workings beneath.  I mentioned this to a friend who readily explained […]

Walk around Butterley

While this is intended to be used along with a ride on the Midland Railway from Butterley Station, it also makes a reasonably all-weather walk along the delightfully rural corridor that separates the industrial areas of Ripley and Alfreton. Quite short, it is only three miles long and there are no steep climbs on either […]

Grindon and the Manifold Trail

Of all the beauty spots in the Peak District, this western corner where it merges with the Staffordshire Moorlands is one of its hidden gems. The pretty village of Grindon where the walk starts, is little changed from a time when most of its cottages were the homes of agricultural labourers, when farming was more […]

Walk from Ilam Hall down the Manifold

Tucked away on a tree shrouded bend of the River Manifold, Ilam village was built in the 1830s on the instructions of Jesse Watts-Russell. The original Victorian houses forming the village still echo the fairytale image of the settlement, built at a time when skilful labour was cheap. It was also a time when people […]

Walk around Ashover

Ashover and the upper reaches of the Amber Valley has always been one of my favourite walking areas. Surprisingly it is not all that well walked, maybe it gets overlooked by its proximity to the Peak District’s moors and dales, but it does deserve to be better known. As an indication of its lack of […]

Walk around Wirksworth

This is probably the shortest walk I have taken. Although only 2½ miles or thereabouts it is full of historical interest and if, like me you do a bit of exploring, then it can become an all- day walk. Directly from the start, the walk enters the realms of Wirksworth’s lead mining history.  The stubby […]

Walk Cutthroat Bridge

The rather macabre title of this walk across the Derwent Moors links back to a grim day in 1635 when a traveller was found with his throat slashed from ear to ear.  Amazingly he was still alive, but unable to speak and tell his rescuers who he was. Possibly he was a merchant making his […]

Walk around Tideswell Dale

The words sylvan, tranquility and arcadian easily come to mind when describing the beauties of Monsal Dale and its tributary, Cressbrook. Superb walking dales they might be, especially in fine weather, but unfortunately during spells of rain or during wintertime, the walking underfoot can be rather tiring.  Mud and an overflowing river can make life […]

Walk around Stoney Middleton

On the look-out for Black Harry In the eighteenth century the road from Stoney Middleton rather than follow the route of the present A623 to Peak Forest, climbed out of the narrow dale to cross the high limestone moors. It was here that a notorious highwayman called Black Harry waylaid innocent travellers, robbing them of […]

Walk around Locko Park & Ockbrook

Some time ago the editor of this illustrious magazine asked me if I could write about walks in the south of our territory, rather than keep simply to my beloved Peak District.  Since then and with the help of various friends, I have managed to fulfil that request and with it have found what to […]

Walk around Two Dales

This walk takes in the beauties of one of the many faces of Dovedale, before climbing out by way of a tributary and as far as the upland village of Biggin. The village sits on the limestone plateau of the White Peak, one of those places that seem to be cut off from the frequently […]

Walk around Lathkill and Bradford Dales

Here is a walk that ranks high in my list of Peakland favourites. Probably because it was one of my very first as a boy scout camping at Mawstone Farm above Youlgreave, but it is a walk that to me, never tires.  The two dales explored on the walk could not be more different; both […]

Walk Around Cromford

Many people and I am one of them, like to have a short walk somewhere around Christmas, combining it with a special lunch. This walk is ideal for that purpose, not only is it short, roughly five miles, but conditions underfoot are likely to be reasonably dry for the time of year.  Furthermore, the choice […]

Walk around Markeaton

It is hard to realise that this walk never strays far from the outer limits of Derby, but right from the start the route wanders through farmland devoted to wheatfields and lush pasture.  Surprisingly and despite its proximity to such a vibrant city, none of the paths used on the walk can be said to […]

Walk around Carsington

On this walk you will be following the footsteps of ancient lead miners who delved beneath the rolling limestone hills of their neighbourhood. Two villages separated by the once common grazing grounds of Carsington Pasture are passed through along the way.  Both were home villages for many of the miners and as often follows, each […]

A Three Bridges Walk

The three bridges either crossed or viewed on this walk are all venerable. Two once carried commercial traffic, allowing pack horses or in one case, coaches and horses to cross the River Wye dry-shod. The third is strictly not in the same category as the other two, but is in fact a viaduct that carried […]

A Walk Along White Edge

When the land eventually reappeared after the last ice age, the climate was probably warmer than now.  As a result the earliest settlers in the Peak District developed small farmlike undertakings on the high ground, well away from the danger lurking in the heavily forested confines of the Derwent Valley. With the changing climate becoming […]

Walking Around Crich Chase

Lands on either side of the River Derwent between Whatstandwell and Ambergate are amongst the most natural sections of countryside along the valley.  Shining Cliff Woods are to the west and to the east is Crich Chase, an ancient hunting ground, originally the preserve of Henry de Ferrers, who came over with William the Conqueror. […]

June’s Walk: The High Peak Trail

The abnormally mild weather this last winter was hardly conducive to walking over miles of open muddy countryside.  Fortunately we are now moving into warmer spring to early summer and although this is one of the ‘dry’ walks we did during the worst of the winter weather, it is suitable for all conditions, fine or […]

Walk Over Middleton Moor From The Rising Sun

Every year Keith my blind walking friend arranges a Christmas walk for the small group of blind walkers and their guides. This year in his wisdom he decided to leave the walk until after the holiday break in order, as he said, ‘to avoid the bad weather’. How wrong could he have been because the […]

Walk: Dale Abbey

This short walk visits the monastic heritage of Dale Abbey. Within sight of Kirk Hallam and Ilkeston, it crosses open fields in order to reach rare natural woodland. This is where a 12th century hermit built a cave in the soft sandstone which can still be explored. Beyond it is a unique church that shares […]

Walking Up and Down The Trails

One of the disadvantages of our frequently mild winters is the fact that finding a walk avoiding mud can be much of a trial. This walk tries its best to accommodate mud-free boots and uses the comparatively dry old railway trails that cross the heights of the White Peak. Having said that, it is inevitable […]

Walk Over Masson Hill to Bonsall

Many years ago, more than I care to admit, an elderly walker who in his time held the record for the Colne (Lancs), to Rowsley Walk, advised me that a pint of beer should always be earned. It was with this in mind that I set off one morning recently to do one of my […]

Walking Downstream to Derby

This walk could not be easier to follow and as a result rather than give a blow by blow description of the route, what follows is more of a potted history of Derby and its surrounding villages. The route is simply to follow the right bank of the Derwent downstream from Darley Abbey Park as […]

Walking Stanage Edge

An alternative title for this walk could easily be ‘In the footsteps of Robin Hood and Little John’. Both Robin Hood and his right-hand man Little John are named in several features above and beyond Hathersage. A cave cut into the rocks of Stanage Edge is an alleged hiding place of the romantic outlaw and […]

Walking Middleton & Longdale

This is the second of my walks in Collins Walks in the Peak District which I am currently checking for any changes. Fortunately there are no alterations necessary to the actual route, but there is one interesting addition to features seen along the way. This is a Millennium project to mark various points along the […]

Walking Elvaston Castle

This walk takes us round the periphery of Elvaston Country Park before reaching out towards the River Derwent and its Heritage Way. Returning via hay meadows and two rural villages only a stone’s throw from Derby, gives the opportunity of a quiet drink at the Harrington Arms in Thulston before reaching Elvaston Castle once more. […]

Walking Osmaston Park

  The A52 Derby to Ashbourne road passes through some of the gentlest rural countryside in Derbyshire. Tiny villages little changed in centuries sit around junctions of minor roads that wander pleasantly between both ploughed fields and pasture. This walk skirts three of them, one barely bigger than a hamlet; starting at Osmaston, the largest, […]

A Walk From Belper To Makeney & Back

This walk follows the Derwent downstream beneath the Chevin which is then climbed to its airy viewpoint. A gradual descent reaches the river crossing at Milford, one of the Derwent Valley Heritage sites. Over the river the way is through the tiny village of Makeney and then along an ancient bridleway back into the old […]

Walking Beyond Dovedale

On many fine days, or for that matter on some that are not so fine, the area around the Dovedale Narrows can become so crowded that queues often build up as walkers try to cross the famous stepping stones. What they do not realise is that only a short mile or so downstream, the Dove […]

Walk the Great Norther

This short walk skirts the western boundary of Derby enjoying some of the fine surrounding countryside, returning by way of the Bonnie Prince Charlie Walk. The Great Northern Railway was once a cross country line from Grantham to Stafford by way of Nottingham, effectively linking both east and west coast mainlines. It passed through Derby […]



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