Top 5 walks in the Peak District

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Get out and about on foot to discover the wonders of the Peak District

The ancient and historic town of Buxton nestles at the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park. People have been flocking here for hundreds of years to take the  pure, pristine water, believing - as we do - that it’s what gives us Buxtonites our pumped up vitality. Something that’s much in demand, naturally.

Of course, those of us who live round these parts know that’s only a slice of the story. Our up-for-it attitude comes from our surroundings too. How can you not live life to the full when you’re slap-bang in the middle of such awe-inspiring countryside? The breathtaking hills and valleys, the rugged moors and heaths, the raging rivers and tranquil lakes all make walking in the Peak District special. It’s all right there, ready and waiting to put a spring in the step of locals and visitors alike.

In fact, there’s mile upon mile of stunning Derbyshire landscape to explore – and the best way to drink it all in is on foot. So why not pack your hiking boots, a bottle of Buxton Natural Mineral water, and a can-do attitude, and come see for yourself?

5 great Peak District walks

Palace of the Peak at Bakewell walking route

Chatsworth House, or ‘The Palace of the Peak’, is one of England’s finest stately homes. This unmissable and relatively easy 6 or 8 mile walk offers a fascinating stroll back in time, through the woods and fields of the grandiose house itself in its stunning setting beside the River Derwent.

The Shivering Mountain at Castleton walking route

This is an exhilarating 6.5 mile walk(you can easily stretch it to 8 miles if you’re feeling particularly energetic). It includes one of the best ridge walks in the country, with superb views of the Edale and Hope Valleys and the edge of Kinder Scout. You might want to don your sturdiest walking boots for this  Peak District walk.

High Tor, Giddy Edge and a Lovers’ walk!

While short at just 2 miles, this is definitely for those with a head for heights. But if you’re a brave soul, and happy to throw yourself into fairly strenuous uphill sections, you’ll be rewarded with superb cliff-top views from Matlock to Matlock Bath via High Tor. Utterly breathtaking (in more ways than one).

Cordwell to Cutthorpe circular walk at Millthorpe walking route

This is an interesting 8.5 mile circular day walk that takes you through some stunning Derbyshire countryside along the way. And for anyone who’s up for something a little stronger than a cool and refreshing bottle of Buxton en route, you’ll be delighted to know there are some wonderfully cosy pubs dotted along the trail of this stunning Peak District walk. Cheers to all of that!

Linacre and Brampton at Linacre Reservoir walking route

Explore the Peak District at its most laid back with an easy 5 mile circular route starting from peaceful Linacre Reservoir, which nestles in a shallow valley between the Chatsworth Moors and Chesterfield. Then onward, following paths and lanes through ancient woodlands and traditional farmland all the way home.

That’s just a tiny taster of what’s on offer up round our way, if you love the great outdoors. There’s so much more to explore, of course, but we hope we’ve given you just enough inspiration to get out and about in the Peak District.

You can find out more about walking in the Peak District here.

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