Derbyshire Heritage Walks
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Scheduled Walks



Derbyshire Heritage Walks offers a wide range of different guided walks. Many walks features a detailed exploration of the history of the area, told in clear and simple terms by an expert on the subject.

Where possible, the start and end points of each walk are easily accessible by public transport, although a small number of walks do require your own transport, and all have car parking within easy walking distance of the start point.

All walks comply with current government and industry guidelines regarding permitted numbers, social distancing, PPE and other relevant factors, and Derbyshire Heritage Walks have been awarded the Visit England "We're Good To Go" mark in recognition of this.

Full-day Walks




Headstone Viaduct, Monsal Dale


A gentle 9-mile stroll southwards along the Monsal Trail from Blackwell Mill to Bakewell. Along the way, it looks at the history of the line and the many small stations it passed through, plus the industries it supported. This walk is accessible by public transport from Derby, Sheffield and Buxton, and is suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities.

Distance: 9.3 miles.
Price: £20.00.

Dates available:
July 11th, 15th, 22nd. August 3rd, 12th, 22nd. September 2nd, 7th, 16th, 26th, 28th. October 5th, 12th, 21st, 26th, 31st. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to October 31st 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.




Lime Kilns near Miller's Dale Station


Our longest Monsal Trail walk, this is a 13-mile walk northwards along the Monsal Trail from Bakewell to Buxton. The route begins at the former Bakewell Station and follows the Monsal Trail northward to its end at Blackwell Mill. From Blackwell Mill, the route then follows the current railway line as closely as possible to a finishing point at the site of the former Midland Railway station in Buxton.

Distance: 13.5 miles.
Price: £30.00.

Dates available:
July 8th. August 17th. September 12th, 23rd. October 10th, 23rd. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to October 31st 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.




Cressbrook Mill


A scenic walk following the River Wye through Monsal and Miller's Dales, looking at the now-lost industries of the valleys. From Miller's Dale, the route continues through the picturesque Chee Dale to Blackwell Mill, and ascends to the hilltop village of Blackwell. From there, the route continues on to the finish point at The Waterloo Hotel public house on the A6 between Taddington and Buxton.

Distance: 11 miles.
Price: Private group rates.

Dates available:
Currently only available as a private booking to October 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.

Prices for full-day walks include a non-refundable deposit. As these are full-day walks with few facilities along the way, please make sure to bring everything you need for the day, including plenty to drink.


Half-day Walks


Miller's Dale Station


At 6.4 miles in length, our most popular half-day walk is a slightly shortened version of our full Monsal Trail walk, which can be done in a long afternoon. Starting at Miller's Dale Station, it misses out the first two and a half miles of the full walk through Chee Dale. Besides the reduced distance, this walk has the added advantage of step-free access onto the Trail at Miller's Dale and off it at Bakewell, making it fully suitable for wheelchair users.

Distance: 6.4 miles.
Price: £15.00.

Dates available:
July 4th, 6th, 13th, 20th. August 5th, 9th, 10th, 19th, 31st. September 5th, 14th, 23rd, 30th. October 5th, 14th, 18th, 26th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to December 20th 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.


Greyhound Pond, Cromford


A relaxed two-mile stroll around the historic mill village of Cromford, considered by many to be the true birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The walk ends at the gates of Cromford Mill itself, considered to be the world's first true factory, where it is usually possible to join one of the Arkwright Society's own tours of the Mill, or simply wander around the Mill on your own.

Distance: 2 miles.
Price: £6.00.

Dates available:
July 5th, 18th. August 15th, 31st. September 6th, 19th. October 17th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to December 20th 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.


Leawood Pumphouse


An end-to-end walk of the surviving western section of the Cromford Canal, looking at the history of the canal and the industries it once served. The walk begins at Cromford Wharf, which served the huge cotton mills of Richard Arkwright, and visits High Peak Junction and the nearby Leawood Pumphouse. From there, the walk includes the junction with the Nightingale Arm of the canal and Whatstandwell, finally ending where the line of the canal is broken by modern construction at Ambergate.

Distance: 5.25 miles.
Price: £6.00.

Dates available:
July 5th, 18th. August 15th, 31st. September 6th, 19th. October 17th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to November 30th 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.

The "Cromford Double" - Save 25% when you book both the Cromford Village and Cromford Canal walks on the same day! See here for details.

July 5th, 18th. August 15th, 31st. September 6th, 19th. October 17th. November onwards, dates TBC.


The East Mill and Horseshoe Weir, Belper


This circular walk around Belper looks at the various lost industries of the world's first cotton mill town. This includes the cotton mills built by the Strutt family at the very beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the houses the family built for their workers, and the nail-making industry that pre-dated the arrival of the cotton mills. It also looks at the other industries which once provided employment for the town, including hosiery, confectionery, chemicals and engineering.

Distance: 2.8 miles.
Price: £5.00

Dates available:
July 2nd, 12th, 7th, 12th, 16th, 21st. August 6th, 11th, 20th, 23rd. September 1st, 6th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 24th, 29th. October 4th, 8th, 13th, 18th, 22nd, 27th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to December 20th 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.


A Cromwell Tank


As seen on ITV News and featured on BBC Radio Derby, this circular walk looks at Belper's little-known wartime secrets. During the Second World War, Belper played a key role in the Allied victory. However, as those "in the know" never really talked about what they were doing, many people today have no idea of just how important a place it was. This walk tells the story of the secret wartime work that took place in Belper and visits the sites involved.

Distance: 3.5 miles.
Price: £5.00

Dates available:
July 5th, 9th, 14th, 23rd. August 4th, 9th, 13th, 18th. September 3rd, 8th, 13th, 17th, 22nd. October 1st, 6th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 29th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to December 20th 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.

Prices for half-day walks include a small non-refundable deposit. As these are short half-day walks, you won't need much in the way of walking equipment apart from stout footwear and waterproofs. It is however advisable to also bring something to drink, especially if the weather is hot.


Rural RamblesTM
Although still having something of a history theme to them, the "Rural Rambles" follow a more rural route than our other walks, so get you out into the beautiful Peak District countryside a lot more.

As these walks are of a more "cross country" nature, you will need more in the way of good quality walking gear such as boots, waterproofs etc, but most of the walks are still suitable for those of all abilities. Unfortunately, the more rugged terrain does, however, mean that the majority are not suitable for those of restricted mobility.

View along the Great Ridge, © Rachel Docherty

View along the "Great Ridge" from Mam Tor


This classic Peak District circular walk is our most popular walk and follows a route recently voted one of Britain's favourite walks. It begins and ends in the village of Edale, just a couple of minutes walk from the railway station. From there, it climbs up onto the "Great Ridge" between the Vale of Edale and the Hope Valley, following the footpath along the ridge to Lose Hill before dropping down into the village of Castleton. It then follows the famous closed road to the ancient hill fort of Mam Tor before dropping back down to the finish in Edale.

Distance: 9.5 miles.
Price: £20.00

Dates available:
July 1st, 12th, 15th, 20th, 25th. August 8th, 12th, 17th, 23rd. September 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 21st. October 4th, 7th, 14th, 19th, 24th, 28th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to November 23rd 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.


Horseshoe Dale


This circular walk is best done in the spring or early summer, and begins and ends at the popular bookshop at Brierlow Bar. From there, it drops down through two sheltered and peaceful Dales noted by some for their abundance of wild flowers every spring. Leaving the Dales, it ascends to the hilltop village of Chelmorton, said to be the highest village in Derbyshire, with its network of Medieval farm fields. It then returns to the start point via yet another Dale noted for its display of spring wild flowers.

Distance: 6.5 miles.
Price: £15.00

Dates available:
July - Private bookings only. August - Private bookings only. September - Private bookings only. October - Private bookings only. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to November 23rd 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.


Five Wells Chambered Tomb


This circular walk begins and ends in the quiet village of Taddington. From there it climbs the hills above the village, which provide fine views of the surrounding countryside, on the way to the nearby village of Flagg and the haunted Flagg Hall. It then passes through the highest village in Derbyshire, Chelmorton, with its well-preserved Medieval fields, before stopping off at the Neolithic tomb at Five Wells on the way back to Taddington.

Distance: 6 miles.
Price: £15.00

Dates available:
July 1st, 13th. August 3rd, 19th. September 13th. October 25th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to November 23rd 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.


Chelmorton and Chelmorton Low


This circular walk begins and ends at the site of the former Miller's Dale Station. Having followed the Monsal Trail to a tranquil trackway beside the River Wye, it then ascends peaceful rocky Dales noted for their wild flowers. Leaving the Dales, it crosses the fields to the hilltop village of Chelmorton with its well-preserved network of Medieval fields and the looming hill of Chelmorton Low. On the way back to Miller's Dale, it also stops off at the Neolithic tomb at Five Wells, which gives spectacular views across the Wye Valley to the hills beyond.

Distance: 9.5 miles.
Price: £20.00

Dates available:
July 6th. August 5th. September 7th, 21st. October 7th, 19th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to November 23rd 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.


The Sheepwash Bridge and River Wye,
Ashford-in-the-Water


This popular circular walk normally begins in the pretty village of Ashford-in-the-Water and ends in the nearby town of Bakewell. However, to reduce the need to use public transport, it has temporarily been extended to both start and end in Bakewell. Along the way, it visits the ruins of Magpie Mine, the last lead mine to have worked in Derbyshire, and the village of Over Haddon, home to a surprising connection with a very famous fictional secret agent. It also follows the River Lathkill through the tranquil Lathkill Dale before heading over the fields and hills to the entrance to Haddon Hall, and onwards to the finish in the centre of Bakewell.

Distance: 11 miles.
Price: £20.00

Dates available:
July 22nd. August 10th. September 9th, 28th. October 12th, 28th. November onwards, dates TBC.

Private bookings also available now for dates to November 23rd 2020.

For full details, or to book this walk, please click here.

The price of each walk includes a small non-refundable deposit. As these walks are across more open and exposed terrain, you will need a little more in the way of equipment than you would for our other walks. At the bare minimum, you will need some good walking boots, waterproofs and a small rucksack, plus warm clothing where appropriate. We also recommend that you bring plenty of water and something to eat, as there is little chance to buy either along the way.


Private Bookings
If you would like the exclusive services of your guide, you can upgrade any scheduled walk listed above to a private booking. You can also make a private booking for any of our walks listed above on days other than those on which they are scheduled by booking a Personal Walking Guide. A Personal Walking Guide also gives you access to a range of exclusive walks not available via our normal schedule.

For many walks, you can choose what time you would like to start the walk. This allows you to start at a time that is most convenient to you. For some walks, you can also choose an alternative start and end point for your walk.

While the normal maximum group size for a scheduled walk is 8 people (6 for the Cromford Canal walks), a private booking allows you to increase the maximum group size for most walks to between 20 and 30 people. As private bookings are charged at a flat fee per group, rather than per person, this can work out much cheaper per person than a normal scheduled walk. At £100.00 for a full-day booking for up to 10 people, this is at least £30.00 cheaper than our closest competitor, and less that 30% of what some other companies charge for a similar service!

If you would like to upgrade a scheduled walk to a private booking or book a Personal Walking Guide, please e-mail us to check that this is possible for the date(s) required. If it is possible, we will notify you and send through details of how to pay for your private booking or Personal Walking Guide.




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