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Peak District

Walk 1 - Dovedale

Dovedale may be just about the most visited place in the Peak District, but many of those visitors turn back at the stepping stones, or miss out on the good things higher up the valley sides because they are hidden by trees. Hardly anyone explores the high ground to the west. This walk of 7-8 miles puts that right.

Walk 2 - Lathkill Dale

Lathkill Dale, like Dovedale, hides its features under a cloak of foliage in summer. Unlike Dovedale, it sometimes hides its river too - underground. This is what makes the Bateman House so remarkable. Would you want to live here, knowing what you know about sink holes (you have watched all the documentaries?) This one is a similar length to Dovedale, but easier going.

Walk 3 - Reef Knolls

If you find yourself disappointed by the lack of peaks in the so-called Peak District, the Reef Knolls may be what you need. In numerical terms, they are by no means high, but it won’t feel like that when you are stood on the top. This is one of the quietest parts of the whole Park and Longnor makes a good starting (and finishing) place.

Walk 4 - Crich & Holloway

For variety, this is the best of the nine, although the least rural. It has woods, abandoned quarries, overgrown canals, tramways, big pointy things, streams you may have to wade through and, above all else, bluebells - so many bluebells, they make you dizzy. All in 9 miles.

Walk 5 - Monsal

The Monsal Trail, and its newly restored tunnels, is fine, but bikes rule and walkers better look out. Far more enjoyable is to bypass it by clinging to the side of the dale on a path more suited to goats. And on the animal theme, you too may experience the pleasure of being licked by cows. 9 miles, this one - 8 with a slobbery sleeve.

Walk 6 - Eyam Moor & Abney Clough

Great contrast here between the wide expanses of heather moor and the steep-sided wooded valleys which are the Cloughs. Few buildings, some seldom-walked ground, and possibly the most confusing meeting of streams, paths and bridges  in the whole Park (Stoke Ford, that means you!) may need the help of the video to sort out. 9.8 miles, so it counts as 10.

Walk 7 - Weaver Hills

Only the screams will give away just how close you go to Alton Towers. Hopefully, you won’t have to thresh your way through the oats (how can something that can create a Hobnob induce such rage and despair?). The hole-in-the-wall at Wootton Lodge makes up for it. Getting longer at 11 miles. And try not to be squished by a JCB.

Walk 8 - Goyt

Now for the two 15+ mile routes. This is a great mix of moors, woods and reservoirs with ruins, a shrine and a burial ground thrown in if you are missing signs of (former) habitation. At one stage it leaves the paths behind and takes off across the moor, looking for a disused railway. It ran from somewhere to somewhere else. Sheep went half fare. People went by some other form of transport.

Walk 9 - Robin Hood

The gritstone edges above Baslow are very popular, as is Chatsworth, but there are other delights, below the former and above the latter, that you should see. The header of this website is one of them and it comes near the end, so that might encourage you not to give up.
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Peak District

Walk 1 - Dovedale

Dovedale may be just about the most visited place in the Peak District, but many of those visitors turn back at the stepping stones, or miss out on the good things higher up the flanks because they are hidden by trees. Hardly anyone explores the high ground to the west. This walk of 7-8 miles puts that right.

Walk 2 - Lathkill Dale

Lathkill Dale, like Dovedale, hides its features under a cloak of foliage in summer. Unlike Dovedale, it sometimes hides its river too - underground. This is what makes the Bateman House so remarkable. Would you want to live here, knowing what you know about sink holes? This one is a similar length to Dovedale, but easier going.

Walk 3 - Reef Knolls

If you find yourself disappointed by the lack of peaks in the so-called Peak District, the Reef Knolls may be what you need. In numerical terms, they are by no means high, but it won’t feel like that when you are stood on the top. This is one of the quietest parts of the whole Park and Longnor makes a good starting place (and finishing) place.

Walk 4 - Crich &

Holloway

For variety, this is the best of the nine, although the least rural. It has woods, abandoned quarries, overgrown canals, tramways, big pointy things, streams you may have to wade through and, above all else, bluebells - so many bluebells, they make you dizzy. All in 9 miles.
Walk 5 -Monsal The newly restored Monsal Trail is fine but bikes rule and walkers had better look out. Far better to bypass it by clinging to the side of the dale on a path more suited to goats. On the animal theme - you too could discover the delights of being licked by cows 9 miles, this one. Eight of them with slobbery sleeves. Walk 6 - Eyam Moor & Abney Clough Great contrast here between the wide heathery expanses of the moor and the steep-sided wooded valleys which are the Cloughs. Few buildings, some seldom-walked ground, and possibly the most confusing meeting of streams, paths and bridges (Stoke Ford, that means you!) in the whole Park may need the help of the video to sort out. 9.8 miles - so round up to 10. Walk 7 - Weaver Hills Only the screams will tell you how close you come to Alton Towers. Hopefully, you won’t have to thresh your way through the field of oats (how can something capable of making a Hobnob induce such rage?). The hole-in-the-wall at Wootton Lodge makes up for it. Getting longer at 11 miles. And watch out for speeding JCBs. Walk 8 - Goyt Now for the two fifteen mile walks. This is a great mix of moors, woods and reservoirs, with ruins, a shrine and a burial ground thrown in if you are missing signs of (former) habitation. At one point, you will leave the path to cut across the moor, heading for a disused railway. It ran from somewhere to somewhere else. Sheep went half fare. People went by some other means of transport. Walk 9 - Robin Hood The gritstone edges above Baslow are very popular, as is Chatsworth, but there are other delights, above the latter and below the former, which you should see. The header of this site is one. It comes near the end, so that might keep you going.
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