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Walks, Walking and Walking Festivals in Derbyshire and Peak District 2017

Walking and walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park offers the walker a large network of footpaths, lanes and trails mostly established long ago by the area's inhabitants in travelling from their farms, churches, mines and markets.

The natural beauty of Dovedale and the Manifold Valley alone draw some 2 million visitors with queues forming at the famous stepping stones near the southern end of Dovedale at the busiest times. However avoiding bank holidays and sunny weekends, it is still possible to enjoy a ramble even here in relative peace.

Other areas are less well known and with a planned route, a map, and a pair of walking boots are just as exciting to explore and often far more rewarding. The problem often lies in finding suitable routes.

Walking Festivals in Derbyshire and the Peak District 2017

Peak District Walking and Outdoor Festival - look out for 2017 dates .

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival Sat 6 - Sun 14 May 2017

More info from Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre or see

See Peak District Walking for Guided Walks in the Peak District and other walking information.

Enjoying Derby is a project delivering a programme of guided walks around the City of Derby to encourage people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of walking.

The walks are every Tuesday and Thursday. We meet at 1pm for a 1.15pm start outside the Assembly Rooms on the Market Place. New walkers will be asked to complete a health questionnaire. Walks are between one and three miles long and all start and end at the Market Place. We sometimes use public transport to travel out of the city. All walks are risk assessed and led by a team of trained and experienced walk leaders. Walks are open to everyone. For more information or to download a walk programme please see Enjoying Derby

Here are some websites offering a variety of walks.

Ramblers' Association

Derwent Valley Heritage Way was opened in April 2003, a new 55-mile linear walk which runs from Ladybower Reservoir in the north - through some of the area's richest natural landscape and industrial heritage - to Derwent Mouth, where the river Derwent flows into the Trent, in the south.

Highlights along the way include the scenic stretch of the river between Hathersage and Grindleford, the Chatsworth Estate, the spectacular limestone cliffs at Matlock Bath and the Derbyshire cradle of the Industrial Revolution, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, where the factory system was born.

More information and a map of the route can be found at Walking The Derwent Valley Heritage Way

The Countryside and Rights of Way Bill of 2000 (CRow) gave you the right to walk across 'access land' in England and Wales. There are clear limitations, however. It only applies to clearly defined mountains, moors, heaths, downs and registered common land. It only applies to walkers and not to cyclists or horse riders. There are exclusions, too - on cultivated land for example. Access land can also be closed off by landowners for up to 28 days a year, and closed for routine management like heather burning, to protect wildlife, for defence reasons and for safety reasons.

Significantly, dogs must be kept on leads between 1st March and 31st July and always in the vicinity of livestock. In addition, you can be excluded from grouse moors and fields during lambing if you have a dog.

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