Philippa’s Favourite Walks

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Whether you want a ‘stretch your legs stroll’ or something more hardcore there is something for everybody.

I’ve made sure that each of the walks below have variations to suit your mood and level of ability.

Further information regarding the walks can be found on

Osmaston and Shirley Park

Osmaston and Shirley Park is a 7.6 kilometer loop trail, also the option of a shorter walk. It features a Mill Pond, plenty of wood and parkland and is rated as moderate. There is a pub to stop off for tipples en-route.

Carsington Water

A 20 minute drive from here, Carsington Water is a 12.7 kilometer loop trail that features a lake, play area and refreshment hub. It is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options, not just walking but cycling, water sports and nature trips.


This is a fab walk. It has lots of different features to it and transitions from the famous Stepping Stones to wooden bridges and caves. Plenty of scenic options for picnic
stop-offs, a particular favourite being over at Milldale.

More Dovedale-Off-Piste Alternatives…

For those feeling a little more adventurous visit Lover’s Leap and the Dove Hole Walk which is an 11.1 kilometer out and back trail.
Rated as difficult, there is the White Peak and Dovedale Circular which is 20.1 kilometers maximum. It takes you through beautiful villages in the Peak in- cluding Fenny Bentley and Parwich.

Tissington Trail

Tissington Trail follows the route of the old Buxton to Ashbourne railway (opened in 1899, closed in 1967) so remember it isn’t a loop walk. It’s an easy ride so great for bikes and children as it is mainly flat.

Several access points, all roughly a 20 minute drive from here but it is possible to enter off the Leisure Centre Carpark in Ashbourne town down the tunnel.

Thorpe, Ilam and Cheshire Wood

All great routes to do individually, Thorpe, Ilam, and Cheshire Wood is a 22.4 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ashbourne. It features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.stop-offs, a particular favourite being over at Milldale.

Ilam Hall

Ilam Hall Circular Walk is a 7.9 kilometer loop trail located again, near to Ashbourne outside Thorpe. Derbyshire, England that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Thorpe Cloud

Although it is only a 2.9 kilometer loop located in Dovedale it is not for the faint-hearted but features rewarding views and is good for all skill levels (so long as they don’t mind a steep climb.

Kedleston Hall Wilderness Circular

Kedleston Hall Wilderness Circular is a 4.7 kilometer loop trail located near Derby and is good for all skill levels. The Parkland trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. It has great views of the lake and woodland. Kedleston also has a golf course for those wanting

Further a-field

(Pun intended)

Chatsworth Aquaduct Circular

Chatsworth Aquaduct Circular is approximately 45 minutes car drive away near Beeley and Bakewell (another great day out!). It is a 7.4 kilometer loop trail. It features a waterfall and is rated as moderate – child-friendly too!

Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is a 15.6 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Buxton, Derbyshire. The trail runs along the former Midland Railway line and through some of the Peak District’s most spectacular limestone dales – just under an hours drive from here.

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