Local Walks

Walking in Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District National Park

Derbyshire is a county of outstanding natural beauty  ranging from reasonably flat pasture and arable land in the south, through arable, sheep and dairy in the center to mainly sheep and some cattle further north. It has many pretty and historic villages that are a mix of timber and thatched cottages in the south to sandstone and limestone cottages further north. A real patchwork landscape threaded with dry stonewalling or hedgerow There are many mining villages as coal mining and lead mining where to be found across the county.

The further north the more dramatic the terrain becomes with the spectacular heather covered moorland of the ancient Peak District National Park- which is a picture in August time and rocky outcrops of such as Frogatt Edge down the center of the county and to the end of the Pennine Chain.

Down the centre of the county is the UNESCO world heritage trail. along the Derwent Valley which is lined with majestic cotton mills and museums, many of which are now factory outlets.  There are some stunning walks along the side of the canals and rivers , through villages and across the many footpaths and bridleways that cover Derbyshire from top to bottom. There are walks suitable for all ages and abilities.

Walking down the  many picturesque Derbyshire Dales and  along so many differing types of valleys with rivers and brooks is a delight. Some are  clear salmon rivers and many dales have caves and cycle trails along them. These are places to enjoy the wild flowers, bird and wildlife that are in abundance.

The walks across the White and Dark Peak areas are more of a challenge and walkers should be prepared when walking over large areas of moorland.

In Derbyshire we have a large quantity of historic buildings and many that are National Trust as well as private  for you to explore and plan into your walks. It was a wealthy county and due to the mills and mines there were many owners who built large imposing properties over the county.

Walks can be combined with other activities such as guided walks, visits to the many stately homes or meals and  a bevvy in the  delightful village pubs. Walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District, can be both leisurely or challenging  but will prove unforgettable. Centrally located in England this beautiful  county with its endless supply of walks down the many beautiful Derbyshire Dales, limestone walkways, canal paths, disused railway lines and rolling countryside  is accessible for all to enjoy.

Both of our cottages are in picturesque rural locations, centrally located just outside the interesting  and historic market town of Ashbourne and have some lovely walks  from the doorstep.

Walking holidays in Derbyshire and the Peak District

We have special mid week offers for walking groups at our large luxury cottages, which can be combined with guided tours with Sally Mosley (www.sallymosley.co.uk), please contact me for information on 01335 344795 or 0780 8899493 or enquiries@offcotegrange.com should you be interested with your group.

Sally Mosley Guided Walks

1 Old Orchard,Over Haddon,Nr Bakewell
Derbyshire DE45 1JE

Office 01629 814 108
Mobile 07989 622 692


Walking in the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District can include Dove Dale, Monsall Dale, Lathkill Dale, Beresford Dale,Wolfscote Dale, Chee Dale, Millers Dale, Bradford Dale, Wye Dale among  many others,  follow the links below for more information on some of these and how to plan your walk.

For information on some of the beautiful Derbyshire Dales


Walks in the Peak District – Description of walks in the UK Peak District. Includes walking route and additional information about the history of the Peak District.


walking derbyshire peak districtVisit this excellent site to find and print off local walks of your choice.

More Links for Walking:

BestWalks.com                                                     The Price comparison site for all books and maps on walking in the Peak District and throughout Britain.

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