Easy Walks in the Peak District and Surrounding Area.
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Alderley Edge Distance- 12Km Ascent- 242m
This walk initially takes in the area around Alderley Edge, rich in both history and a very long period of mining for copper and other non-ferrous metals. The National Trust gardens at Hare Hill are passed; well worth a visit in the summer months. Nether Alderley Mill is an optional very interesting visit. This site has had a mill on it since the 11th century; the present mill was built during the reign of Elizabeth 1st. This mill is still in working order and when open, demonstrates its ability to still grind corn.
Birchin Edge Distance- 8Km Ascent- 245m
Birchin Edge is the perfect place to idle on a summer afternoon or evening- a line of gritstone slabs basking in sunlight with expanses of heather moor to use as a couch to admire the fabulous view. The described walk allows a visit to be made to both the Nelson and Wellington Monument viewpoints. The itinerary embraces the line of crags- Gardom's Edge together with the intriguing wind sculptured rocks- The Three Ships and the Eagle Stone- then passing over the packhorse bridge spanning Bar Brook. All this plus a wealth of mysterious prehistoric relics and field systems on the adjacent moor.
Burbage Rocks Distance- 6Km Ascent- 183m
Of all the gritstone scenery of the Peak District, there is none more fair than the Burbage Valley. It is a place of many moods which, however frequent or whatever the season you come, still makes a memorable visit. A very pleasant walk, this one, with a hill fort and towering and leaning gritstone outcrops comprising the scenery. From Burbage Head first cast your eye round the view down the valley. You will be walking up the valley at the end. On the right-hand side are Higger Tor and Carl Wark, which you will be descending through first.
Carrbrook Distance- 9Km Ascent- 230m
A circular walk taking you through the varied landscapes of a cotton printing village, the canal and a Roman road. There is an interesting diversion up Buckton Castle.
Eldon Hole Distance- 8Km Ascent- 186m
Eldon Hole impressed on early tourists as one of the seven wonders of the Peak. It is clearly a fearful chasm plunging over 80 metres into the bowels of Eldon Hill. The isolated position of this sinister slit further emphasises the need for caution in its presence. One slip would be fatal and casual visitors are very much at risk if they find the lure of peering into the black void irresistible. The walk is not just about the famous cavity for it embraces too the high ground above Conies Dale streaked with rakes, scrins and flat veins from which lead has been extracted over recent centuries.
Errwood Hall Distance- 11Km Ascent- 211m
This walk takes you on an historical tour around the land owned by the Grimshawes of Errwood Hall; visiting the hall and graveyard. It also visits a relocated packhorse bridge and the site of a lost lane apart from a lovely walk around the catchment area of the Errwood Reservoir. Take a raincoat, it has been known to rain here; the very reason the reservoir is here!
Flash Distance- 8Km Ascent- 223m
This walk starts in Flash, claimed to be the highest village in Britain. The route follows well-marked paths through fields and the occasional quiet minor road to the picturesque packhorse bridge at Three Shire Heads; so named, as it is the point where the three counties of Cheshire, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire meet. The River Dane divides Cheshire in the west from Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The brook that flows in from the east (not named on the map- suggest Orchard Brook) divides Derbyshire from Staffordshire. From Three Shire Heads and Panniers Pool the way heads south up a sandy path to swing east, passing an area where budding young trials bikes enthusiasts train to end back in Flash. There is a pub in Flash named the New Inn; not sure when it was ‘new’ though.
Hartington Distance- 8Km Ascent- 241m
This is an interesting walk that takes in both the east and western edges overlooking the River Dove.
Lathkill- Monyash Distance- 7Km Ascent- 128m
This is a lovely walk taking in the western end of Lathkill Dale- but prior to this going over the higher fields to the south of the dale.
Longstone Edge Distance- 7Km Ascent- 231m
This walk starts with a climb as all good do- better at the start than at the end. Up steeply through the wood onto Longstone edge then along the ridge of High Rake to near Deep Rake. From here, it is mainly gently downhill back to Great Longstone.
Middle Moor Distance- 6Km Ascent- 197m
A pleasant walk near the River Kinder and over a little visited moor. Good views of Kinder Reservoir and Kinder Scout beyond. Joins the Snake Path for a short section. Only one steep climb. Refreshments- The Packhorse Inn Hayfield (if still in business). There is also a cafe and chip shop in Hayfield.
Padley Chapel Distance- 6Km Ascent- 208m
Distant views, rugged scenery, and a martyr chapel are just three of the attractions of this walk. Coupled with this is extensive woodland, the home of a variety of bird and wild flowers. It is a walk, which is as equally attractive in the summer months as the winter; makes an ideal Christmas outing.
Watermeets Distance- 6Km Ascent- 121m
This is a stroll around and about the Peak Forest Canal. The walk crosses the famous Marple Aqueduct that takes the canal over the River Goyt. After crossing the aqueduct the route then goes below the to cross under it and the adjacent railway viaduct. Later there is a lovely section on the bank of the River Etherow as the route passes through Redbrow Wood.