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Derbyshire / Peak District

What it's like

The majority of the Peak District National Park falls within the boundaries of Derbyshire and makes the area a great destination for anyone interested in outdoor activities.  From the high wilderness moorland of Bleaklow and Kinder Scout, two tough and respectable sized mountains, the region takes in much hill country and narrow winding dales that makes for dramatic walking that can be make as hard or easy as you like.  Split into two distinct regions, The Dark and The White Peak (that comprise of gritstone and limestone respectively),  the walker will find an area of edges that can be followed high above tree lined dales and valleys, of rounded summits and long moorland routes under huge skies.

The rock climbing potential of the area is legendary with such famous outcrops as Stanage Edge giving great sport to beginners and hard climbers alike.  Since new open access legislation, much of the previously ‘out of bounds’ summits have been opened and  great ridge walks can be enjoyed over the narrow Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill near Buxton.  Mention ‘ridge’ in Derbyshire and there is only one real place to go and that is ‘The Great Ridge’ that runs between Mam Tor (The shivering mountain) and Lose hill and makes a great skyline walk high above the vale of Edale where The Pennine Way starts.  Add to all this a great variety of low level possibilities along narrow gorge like dales and atmospheric routes along rivers and through forests and you will find a region hard to beat for outdoor action.

Recommended routes

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  • Mam Tor Great Ridge Starting in Edale from valley level the traverse of the ridge over Rushup Edge, Mam Tor and Lose Hill is a Peakland classic
  • Kinder Downfall A trip onto Kinder Scout is a must and the circuit from Hayfield taking in the famous Downfall shows the best this mountain has to offer
  • Stannage Edge Classic rock climbing country providing a satisfying edge walk that can be done from Hayfield or one of the car parks below the rocks.

Must see and do

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  • Drink in Britains second highest pub Take a high moorland drink in the Cat and Fiddle pub high on the moors on the Derbyshire/Cheshire border.
  • Chatsworth House Famous historic home amidst great walking country. Used in many films, most recently ‘Pride and Prejudice’. www.chatsworth.org  
  • Heights of Abraham Unique hilltop park overlooking limestone gorge. Cable cars and show caves. www.heightsofabraham.com  
  • Speedwell Cavern With so much walking don’t forget the caves system beneath Derbyshire. Speedwell is one of the many showcaves. www.speedwellcavern.co.uk  

Walker friendly accommodation

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Major calendar events

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The Peak District Walking Festival
25th April – 4th May
A very varied festival with full programme of events and walks.

Well Dressing
Ancient tradition dating back to Celtic Times that turns villages into a mass of colour between May and mid September.

Local gear shops

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Useful contacts

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Visit Peak District

Peak District and Derbyshire all purpose information site


Cat and Fiddle pub

Contact number for Cat and Fiddle pub

Tel: 01298 23364

Buxton Tourist Information

Contact number for Buxton's TIC

Tel: 01298 25106

Castleton Visitor Centre

Phone number for the Visitor Centre in Castleton

Tel: 01433 620679

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