Popular Peak District Walks
Here are details of a few of the many great walks in the Peak District. Route guides can be purchased at the Tourist Information Centre in the Pavilion Gardens. OS Maps (OL1 and OL24) are available from most walking shops in the town. Make sure you are properly prepared for a wild walk—the weather can change very quickly: good boots and a waterproof coat are a must.
If you do get into trouble and need assistance, call for the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team via 999.
Mam Tor and The Great Ridge Walk
For one of the best views in the Peak District, head for Mam Tor, the Shivering Mountain, at the head of the Hope Valley and gaze over the Vale of Edale to the imposing Kinder Scout (see below). Park in the National Trust car park (or in Castleton and head up the old miners’ footpaths) to the top, discover the Iron Age hill fort and see the ruinous Peveril Castle across the valley. Follow this with a wander along The Great Ridge to Hollins Cross and Lose Hill. The paths are maintained by the National Trust. A map and directions can be downloaded from Visit Peak District website here.
Derbyshire’s highest point, a gritstone, moorland plateau sitting proud across north Derbyshire with fantastic views on a clear day. The plateau is most easily accessed from either Hayfield or Edale. A more challenging walk with steep slopes, boggy ground and changeable weather, it warrants its own Mountain Rescue Team so please check the local forecast, consider the kit you have and take care if you take up the challenge!
Shining Tor from the Goyt Valley
Enjoy the view over Errwood and Fernilee reservoirs and head up Shining Tor for wonderful views across Derbyshire and Cheshire. Park at the Goyt Valley car parks, head up The Street to Pym Chair and then over Cats Tor to Shining Tor. The path over the tors is mostly flag-stoned, helping those unsure on their feet. Head back down towards the ruins of Errwood Hall, over to the Cat & Fiddle or down to Goyt’s Moss, depending on how far you want to walk.
A circular route around the picturesque Tittesworth Reservoir. Park in Upper Hulme, Meerbrook or Leek. Make a day of it with watersports on the reservoir.
Teggs Nose Country Park
Just over the county boundary in Cheshire, visit Tegg’s Nose for lovely views over Macclesfield Forest and wander around the many reservoirs nestled between the rolling hills.
Lud’s Church [3987/3656]
Discover this mysterious, atmospheric chasm hidden deep in the Forest Wood of the Dane Valley. Known as the home of the devil, the Green Chapel of King Arthur’s knight Sir Gawain, a 15th Century meeting spot for persecuted Christian reformers and a hiding place throughout history for the likes of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and Bonnie Prince Charlie, it is not for the faint-hearted! Park in Gradbach and head for the woods…if you dare!
Panniers Pool and Three Shires Head [4009/3685]
Walk to this special spot where Derbyshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire meet and see an old packhorse bridge, waterfalls and Panniers Pool along the way. Three Shires Head was used as a place to evade jurisdiction in the 19th Century when the police could only enforce the law in their own county. Join footpaths from Flash to the east, Wildboarclough to the west or Axe Edge to the north.
The Roaches must be one of the best edge walks in the Peak District. With stunning views over the Staffordshire plains, taking in the Jodrell Bank radio telescopes and Tittesworth and Rudyard reservoirs, it is a wonderful place to explore and perhaps do a spot of climbing or weasiling among the rocks. Park at Upper Hulme or Gradbach.
Peak District Boundary Walk
If you want more of a challenge, why not try the Peak District Boundary Walk which starts and finishes on Buxton’s Market Place. Launched in June 2017 and developed by the Friends of the Peak, the walk takes in 190 miles of outstanding natural beauty over ‘20 stages’, never straying far from the boundary. A guidebook is available.