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Derbyshire Heritage Walks

Guided Walks in Derbyshire and the Peak District

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Located right in the centre of England, Derbyshire contains some of the finest walking terrain in the whole of the United Kingdom. Much of this is to be found within the Peak District National Park, which covers large areas of the north of the county and contains a varied mix of deep limestone dales, high gritstone peaks and wild moors.

Derbyshire is also a county of industry and innovation, with the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site celebrating the area's importance as the true birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

Derbyshire Heritage Walks offers guided day walks for small groups around Derbyshire and the Peak District. With over 35 years experience of walking the Peak District, Derbyshire Heritage Walks are experts in the history and heritage of the area.

All walks are covid-secure, with social distancing and other precautions as required. Derbyshire Heritage Walks has been granted the Visit England "We're Good To Go" mark, meaning that you can have confidence that we are fully compliant with the current government and industry Covid-19 guidelines.

Ten reasons why you should book a guided walk with Derbyshire Heritage Walks:
  • Based in the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, so a local company with comprehensive local knowledge.
  • Each walk is led by a guide with over 30 years experience of leading guided walks in the area.
  • Most of our walks are easily accessible by public transport.
  • No specialist equipment needed - All you need is a good pair of boots and some waterproofs (just in case it rains).
  • Small group sizes, so you can walk at your own pace.
  • Half-day scheduled walks available all year. Full-day scheduled walks available February to November.
  • Most walks can be booked privately at any time of year (although some are only available at certain times).
  • If you book a private walk, we can tailor it to your specific requirements.
  • Special discounted rates available for families and large groups.
  • Discounts also available for booking two or more walks at the same time.

Both full-day and half-day walks are available. Full-day walks normally run from early February to November, while many half-day walks run year-round. Each of the walks is led by a guide who is a published writer and photographer and has over 30 years experience of leading history-based guided walks and tours in the area. Details of all our available walks can be found here.

  • Walk when you want to, not just when a walk is listed in our walks schedule.
  • Upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking and get the exclusive services of your guide.
  • Book a Personal Walking Guide and get access to a range of exclusive walks.
  • For some walks, you can even change the start and finish point to better suit your own circumstances.

Booking a Personal Walking Guide not only allows you to pick the date of your walk to suit you, but also gives you access to a number of walks not available on our normal schedule. You can find details of these exclusive walks here.
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Don't see a walk here that you like? Want to visit a specific place or area not covered by our normal scheduled walks? Then why not consider a customised walk?

Thanks to our flexible working attitude, we are also able to offer customised walks around Derbyshire and the Peak District. Previous customised walks have included:

  • Edale to Kinder Downfall via Wool Packs.
  • Tissington to Dove Dale Circular.
  • Ashford-in-the-Water to Haddon Hall via Magpie Mine.
  • Rowsley to Matlock via Stanton Moor and the Nine Ladies.
  • Hope, Edale and Castleton Circular.

We have a number of special offers available, giving some significant discounts on the cost of walk bookings. Details of these offers can be found here.

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As Derbyshire has so many great walking routes, there's no way we can lead guided walks along all of them. So, to help you enjoy the area as much as possible, we create and publish a range of self-guided walks that you can download and follow in your own time.

All of the walks come as easy to use PDF files for you to print or upload to your tablet or smartphone, and all include full directions for the walk, plus plenty of historical background and other interesting information. And the best thing is that they are all FREE! You can find the index of all the walk guides we currently have available here.

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Derbyshire Scenes is the photographic arm of Derbyshire Heritage Walks. In addition to being an experienced historian and guide, Adrian Brown, founder and owner of Derbyshire Heritage Walks, is also a photographer of many years experience.

The Derbyshire Heritage Walks website contains many examples of Adrian's work, and he has now decided to offer a selection of his best photographs for sale via the website in a range of sizes from small postcard-sized prints up to poster-sized canvases. Visit the Derbyshire Scenes pages to view the selection of pictures, size options and prices.

Adrian Brown of Derbyshire Heritage Walks is also available as a media spokesperson or specialist adviser on a range of history and heritage-related subjects. Topics on which he can speak include the railways of the Peak District, cotton spinning in the Derwent Valley, and the industries of Belper.

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