10 great circular walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District

View towards Mam Tor by Sally Mosley

View towards Mam Tor by Sally Mosley - Credit: Archant

A selection of circular walks from our archive across the varied landscape of the national park.

Looking over Hathersage towards Stanage Edge by Sally Mosley

Looking over Hathersage towards Stanage Edge by Sally Mosley - Credit: Archant

Hathersage
From Robin Hood’s Stoop to Little John’s grave, an adventure-packed walk that ascends high above Hathersage for far-reaching views.
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Castleton and Mam Tor by Sally Mosley

Castleton and Mam Tor by Sally Mosley - Credit: Archant

Castleton
Although we published walk in one of our previous winter issue, a walk near Castleton is good all year round. Set off to ascend Cave Dale for some truly spectacular views.
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Doxey Pool by Sally Mosley

Doxey Pool by Sally Mosley - Credit: Archant

The Roaches
Head north from Roaches Gate heading north, ascending to the trig point of the Roaches and then descend into your turning points at Lud’s Church.
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Thatched cottage by the pond in Osmaston by Sally Mosley

Thatched cottage by the pond in Osmaston by Sally Mosley - Credit: Archant

Osmaston
An easy-going ramble around Osmaston Park and village located on the edge of the picturesque Derbyshire Dales, head south to your turning point at Shirley, and return home through farmland and old country estates.
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View from Padley Gorge by Malcolm Pitcher

View from Padley Gorge by Malcolm Pitcher - Credit: Archant

Padley Gorge
Higger Tor, Padley Gorge, Mam Tor, Surprise View. On a good day you will pass by or catch a glimpse of these iconic landmarks in this whistlestop tour of the Dark Peak.
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Weir and sluce gates beside North Mill, Belper by Sally Mosley

Weir and sluce gates beside North Mill, Belper by Sally Mosley - Credit: Archant

Belper
A walk outside of the national park to the mill town of Belper. Your outward leg follows the River Derwent southwards Milford. In contrast, your homeward leg passes through farmland.
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Norbury's Church of St Mary and St Barlok by Sally Mosley

Norbury's Church of St Mary and St Barlok by Sally Mosley - Credit: Archant

Ellastone and Norbury
A walk in the south of the Peak District that starts in Ellastone and circumnavigates its neighbouring village of Norbury and the nearby River Dove.
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Hope Church by Sally Mosley

Hope Church by Sally Mosley - Credit: Archant

Hope Valley
A clockwise walk setting from the village of Hope, towards Win Hill. The second half of the walk is riverside, but it does follow the direcion of the Derwent and the Noe on the way back.
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Ashford-in-the-water by Kevin Hill

Ashford-in-the-water by Kevin Hill - Credit: Archant

Ashford-in-the-Water
A simple flat walk that is perfect for beginners. Head north from Ashford-in-the-Water and take a section of the Monsal Trail, heading west to east before undertaking the southbound part ofyour circuit.
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Windgather Rocks by Keith Carter

Windgather Rocks by Keith Carter - Credit: Keith Carter

Kettleshulme
Over to the Cheshire sidee of the Peak District for this walk around Kettleshulme, starting out from the Pym Chair car park.
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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change. We advise you acquire a recent OS map of the area you plan to visit and assure there are no major changes.