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Baslow is a pleasant spot to begin and end a walk, and up on the bouldery gritstone edge the wild sweep of the moors coupled with expansive views provides, if not 'the wilderness experience', a taste of freedom.
Beresford, Wolfscote & Biggin Dales
A beautiful riverside stroll followed by a gentle ascent through splendid limestone scenery up onto the plateau. Hartington is your starting and finishing point; a perfect centre from which to explore the valleys of the Dove and Manifold.
Bonsall is a former lead mining village rich in charm. A rather different commodity - tourism - is lucratively mined in Matlock; but the mixture of commercialisation and limestone scenery makes the region a unique experience waiting to be explored.
The 15th-century tower of All Saints in Youlgreave is a notable landmark in this lovely part of the White Peak. The allotted time given for this walk allows for a wander around All Saints; the chancel, containing the small alabaster tomb of young Thomas Cockayne, is not to be missed.
Brassington & Harboro Rocks
Brassington is an old lead mining centre. The remarkable dolomitic limestone rocks on the route have yielded finds from the Stone Age, and evidence in the Iron Age and Roman times.
The cloughs of Bretton and Abney are gritstone jewels set in a limestone oasis; walking here, over moorland and through woodland, is a delight at any time of the year. With the village of Eyam to the south, visitors may include a brief ramble around the famous 'plague village'.
Cave Dale & Winnats Pass
Castleton has something of a reputation as a 'honeypot'; the inevitable gift shops, the attractions are numerous and worth exploring.
Hayfield is an excellent place from which to explore the Kinder plateau and the eastern moors. Since the 'rambling boom' of the Depression and the post-war peroid, Hayfield has become a major rambling centre.
Eyam & Stoney Middleton
Eyam (pronounced "eem") is an attractive village with an evocative past. Infamous as a 17th century plague village, there are poignant reminders of those dark days to be found today in Eyam and environs.
Froggatt and Curbar Edges
The Peak is bounded to the east by an almost continuous escarpment: the famous gritstone edges. These great lines of rock sever the earth and dominate the skyline from Ladybower reservoir in the Upper Derwent valley to Chatsworth in the south.
Higher Shelf Stones
This is a rather more challenging route than usual, but should be within the safe capabilities of a reasonably fit family. This noted, the suggested route offers a mild adventure for the visitor, however never underestimate Bleaklow, and allow plenty of time for your journey over this unique semi-wilderness.
The scenery in the Lower Manifiold Valley is always a delight; a sweeping landscape to gladden the eye and satisfy.
Edale began as a series of shepherds bothies or 'booths'; the walk begins with a gentle ramble along the lovely Vale of Edale, before tackling more difficult ground on the high moorland fringe. The wonderful views and strange 'Woolpacks' are worth your efforts.
Ladybower & Hagg Side
This particular weekend walk is intended as an introduction to arguably the most scenic region of the Peak. Take time to savour the visual delights; newcomers will certainly wish to return to this jewel in an oasis.
The shapely Lose Hill and the splendid ridge provide open vistas, the only walk of its kind in the Peak, with plenty of scenic variety.
Mam Tor & Lose Hill
This is a very popular route for a good reason: it is here that the Dark and White Peak meet. Northwards are fine views of Kinder Scout and Edale while to the south and east are Castleton and Hope Valley.
Less popular than the adjacent Dovedale (being less accessible), the Manifold Valley is a place of great charm and natural beauty. A variety of walks are possible, but the following suggested route should give a taste of the available delights, with the bonus of a good pub en route. A detour to Thor's Cave is worth the extra effort; energy expended is rewarded with a spectacular view from a site of great historical interest.
The Manners Wood
A few yards from the bustling centre of Bakewell can be found a peaceful winding walk through meadow and woodland. Bakewell is also worth a visit as it has plenty to offer.
Matlock & High Tor
This walk requires the payment of a small sum to enter the High Tor grounds and cable car. The pleasures of the route far exceed the modest fees involved, of course. The natural beauty of the region rewards the purist, with spectacular limestone scenery in a superb gorge.
A perfect walk for a late summer's day (but also superb under snow). The circular walk may be started at any of the car-parks on the route, although Ashford-in-the-Water is a particularly pleasant spot to finish a leisurely ramble.
Approximately half the walk involves walking along the High Peak Trail, which means the route is particularly suitable for young children or those seeking an 'easy' but not uninteresting ramble. This provides excellent opportunities to enjoy the spendid.
Taddington is a sprawling village of cottages with an excellent pub. The mediaeval church is bigger than one might expect from a village of its size, which reflects Taddington's former importance, not least of all as a wool trading spot.
Tideswell & Five Dales
A walk of architactural, social and historical interest as well as one of natural beauty. The alternative route, at a higher level, does offer excellent views but is more arduous and may put this walk into the quite strenuous category.
Tideswell, Millers & Cressbrook Dales
Tideswell ("Tidsa") is known as a village of craftsmen, with the shops selling goods made locally. But it is for the splendid church that many people visit this limestone town. The walk offers a delightful experience of the Peak limestone scenery, with geological formations and a rich variety of plant and bird life along the route.