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Walking in the Peak District - White Peak West

40 walks in the hills of Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire

Guidebook describing 40 day walks in Derbyshire's White Peak, part of the Peak District National Park. One of two volumes, this book covers the west of the region and explores limestone landscapes, green dales and delightful rivers. Potential bases include Buxton, Hartington, Thorpe, Ashbourne, Cheddleton and Winster.


Spring through to mid autumn is the best period to witness the wealth of wildlife and beauty in the White Peak. A snowy winter walk can be an enchanting experience.


Castleton, Ilam, Buxton, Leek, Upper Hulme, Bollington, Tideswell, Hartington, Longnor, Waterhouses, Ashbourne, Whaley Bridge


Walks are gentle and follow well signed public footpaths where possible. Caution should be taken in wet weather as limestone can become very slippery.

Must See

Castleton and caves; Winnats Pass; Peveril Castle in Cave Dale; Windgather Rocks; White Nancy; Shining Tor; Shutlingsloe; Tideswell; Hay Dale; Buxton; Castle Naze; Deep Dale; Chee Dale; Macclesfield Forest; Three Shires Head; Danebridge; Lud's Church; The Roaches; Ramshaw Rocks; Upper Hulme; Hartington; Cheddleton Butter Cross; Dovedale; River Dove stepping stones; Ilam; Ilam Rock
17 Aug 2021
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.30cm

A guidebook to 40 day walks exploring the western White Peak in the Peak District National Park. Covering Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire, the walks are suitable for beginner and experienced walkers alike.

The walks range in length from 6–24km (4–15 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–7 hours. Many walks start from the same car park or village so can be combined for longer days out.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on refreshment and transport options
  • Highlights include Winnats pass and Mam Tor
  • 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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