Walking in Derbyshire
60 circular walks across the county
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Walking guidebook to 60 circular day walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Includes the Derwent, Wye and Trent river valleys, near Derby, Matlock, Glossop, Bakewell and Ripley. Routes range from easy to moderate and are between 4 and 14km (2 to 10 miles). Walks focus on places of interest, from Stone Age forts to castles to grand estates.
- Year round
- Glossop, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Ripley, Ashbourne, Derby
- Easy to moderate day or half-day walks (2.5 to 9.5 miles)
- Must See
- Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall, Eyam, Chatsworth House, New Mills, Buxton, Cromford, Goyt Valley, Dovedale
This guidebook explores 60 walking routes in Derbyshire and the Peak District. 60 circular day walks, ranging from 2 to 10 miles (4 to 14km), offer something for walkers of all abilities. The walks start from bases all over the area including Glossop, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Ripley, Ashbourne and Derby. The routes are illustrated with OS map extracts and accompanied with the author's own photographs, as well as including plenty of practical information on getting to and around Derbyshire and the routes.
The uniquely contrasting and beautiful Derbyshire landscape is steeped in history. Each route is linked to a main historical theme, and the walks have been arranged in a rough chronological order according to the selected theme, so that you are literally walking through layers of history and treading in the footsteps of past generations. Historic sites including Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall, Eyam, Chatsworth House (the fictional Pemberley), New Mills, Cromford, Goyt Valley and Dovedale are also explored, as are Bronze and Iron Age forts, medieval castles and ruined Abbeys. Walking routes pass remnants of ancient civilisations, fine market towns and villages, caverns, castles, country houses and parklands, historic spa resorts and industrial heritage sites, and the book is full of background information detailing the local history.
Without doubt Derbyshire is one of the most picturesque counties in England, renowned for its varied scenic beauty ranging from wild sombre moorland in the north to sparkling rivers laced with delightful deep dales in the central area and gentle rolling countryside further south.
The shaping of present-day Derbyshire
How to use this guide
1 Creswell Crags
2 Arbor Low Stone Circle
3 Baslow, Curbar and Froggatt Edges
4 Edale and Mam Tor
5 Longshaw Estate and Carl Wark
6 Hope, Win Hill and the Navio Roman Fort
7 Roystone Grange
9 Hartington and Pilsbury Castle
10 Dale Abbey and Locko Park
12 Hartington and Beresford and Wolfscote Dales
15 Bakewell and Ashford in the Water
16 Haddon Hall and Bakewell
17 Wingfield Manor and Crich
18 Longshaw Estate and Padley Chapel
19 Hardwick Hall
20 Bolsover Castle
23 Chatsworth House
24 Chatsworth House, Bakewell and Edensor
25 Calke Abbey and Staunton Harold Reservoir
27 Shipley Country Park
28 Kedleston Hall
29 Magpie Lead Mine
30 Wirksworth and Middleton Top Engine House
31 Lathkill Dale and Bradford Dale
32 Winster, Elton and Robin Hood’s Stride
33 Carsington and Brassington
35 Pinxton Wharf
38 Monsal Head, Litton and Cressbrook
39 Peak Forest Canal and Torrs Riverside Park
40 New Mills, Sett Valley Trail and Hayfield
42 Three Shires Head and Flash
43 Birchen Edge
45 Elvaston Castle and Country Park
46 Melbourne Hall
47 Errwood Hall and Goyt Valley
49 Hathersage and River Derwent
50 Hathersage and Stanage Edge
51 Holloway and Dethick
52 Midland Railway Centre and Codnor Castle
53 Tissington and High Peak Trails
54 Caudwell’s Mill and Nine Ladies Stone Circle
55 Upper Longdendale Valley
56 Buxton and its Country Park
57 Matlock and Matlock Bath
59 Derwent Dams
60 Carsington Water
Appendix Route summary table
All the walks in this book are covered by the following OS Explorer 1:25,000 maps:
- OL1 The Peak District Dark Peak Area
- OL24 The Peak District White Peak Area
- 28 Sherwood Forest
- 245 The National Forest
- 259 Derby
- 260 Nottingham
- 269 Chesterfield & Alfreton
which are widely available in the local area and also from map shops and online.
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Elaine Burkinshaw has lived around Sheffield and Manchester all her life, and has a passion for exploring her local area, with particular emphasis on the enjoyment of local history and local attractions.View Guidebooks by Elaine Burkinshaw
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