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Walking in the Peak District - White Peak East

42 walks in Derbyshire including Bakewell, Matlock and Stoney Middleton

This guidebook to walking in the Peak District details 35 day walks and 7 longer trails in the eastern part of the White Peak, part of the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. The book includes walks near Bakewell, Matlock and Eyam, as well as the Monsal Trail, Tissington Trail and White Peak Circular. GPX files available to aid navigation.


Walking in the Peak District is enjoyable all year round although the famous limestone landscapes can be slippery in or after wet weather. A snowy winter walk in the White Peak can be an enchanting experience.


Ashbourne, Bakewell, Calver, Chatsworth, Cromford, Eyam, Hope, Matlock, Middleton, Monyash, Parwich, Stoney Middleton, Tissington, Tideswell, Youlgrave, Wirksworth, Winster


Ranging between 4 and 12 miles in length and largely following well-marked paths over gentle landscapes, these walks are suitable for walkers of all abilities. Free GPX files available to aid navigation.

Must See

Market town of Bakewell; medieval village of Tissington; plague village of Eyam; Thorpe's Norman church; Chatsworth House; Haddon Hall; Cromford World Heritage Site; Stanton Moor stone circle; the Dales of Lathkill and Cressbrook; Thorpe Cloud; the Monsal Trail; the Companion Stones on White Edge; limestone plateaus; Neolithic burial site of Arbor Low; the Headstone Viaduct
16 May 2020
15 Oct 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.60cm

A guidebook to 35 circular day walks and 7 longer trails exploring the eastern White Peak in the Peak District National Park. Covering Derbyshire and Staffordshire, the walks are suitable for beginner and experienced walkers alike.

The day walks range in length from 7–19km (4–12 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–6 hours. The longer trails take between 5 hours and 3 days to complete, cover 15–70km (10–42 miles), and include the White Peak Circular and Monsal Trail.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on refreshment and transport options
  • Easy access from Bakewell, Buxton and Sheffield
  • Part of a 2-volume Cicerone series on the White Peak 

Table of Contents
Paul Besley Cicerone author BESLEY

By Paul Besley

Paul Besley is a writer who began exploring the British Landscape while at school in the 1970s. His focus of work is the interaction between human and the land. His work has evolved into the study of how the physical environment imprints itself on humans and how as a race we respond. His belief that walking is a simple activity has led him to support the effort of many just starting out on a lifetime of pleasure. He has a desire to show people that walking does not just have to be in the hills and mountains of national parks or rely on expensive equipment but can be enjoyed from the front door of home through our urban landscape and out into our local countryside. His books, Day Walks in the South Pennines and 1001 Walking Tips for Vertebrate Publishing, and the three Peak District guidebooks for Cicerone Press, are well respected by walkers and explorers of all ages. He lives close to the Peak District in The Outdoor City of Sheffield with his partner, metalsmith Alison Counsell, their three dogs Monty, Olly, and Scout.

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