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Guided 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.

Most walks are available as both open and scheduled bookings, and may also be booked privately via a Personal Walking Guide. The table below explains the differences between each type of booking:

Open Walk
  • Pick your own date for the walk, giving you flexibility in booking.
  • The walk will be open to all, and so you may find yourself sharing it with others.
Scheduled Walk
  • Walks take place on a date determined by us, so more limited options as to dates.
  • The walk will be open to all, and so you may find yourself sharing it with others.
Personal Walking Guide
  • Pick your own date for the walk, giving you flexibility in booking.
  • On many walks, the start time, route and content can be varied to suit your needs.
  • You are guaranteed the exclusive services of your guide.

All walks comply with current government and industry guidelines regarding Coronavirus, and you can be assured that they are as Covid-secure as we can possibly make them.

Full-day Walks



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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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing from March to October.

Scheduled walks available most weekends and selected weekdays from March 1st to October 28th. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing between March and October via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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



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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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing from March to October.

Scheduled walks available most weekends and selected weekdays from March 1st to October 28th. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing between March and October via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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



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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:
Available as a private booking from March to October 2024 (subject to availability of guide).

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

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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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing all year round.

Scheduled walks available from March 1st to December 20th. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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

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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, led by a guide with over 30 years experience of leading walks around the village. 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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing all year round.

Scheduled walks available from March 1st to December 20th. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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

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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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing from March to November.

Scheduled walks available most weekends and selected weekdays from March 1st to November 29th. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are available on a date of your choosing between March and November via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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.

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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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing all year round.

Scheduled walks available most Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus selected Saturdays and Sundays. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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

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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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing all year round.

Scheduled walks available most Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus selected Saturdays and Sundays. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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.

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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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing from March to November.

Scheduled walks available most weekends and selected weekdays from March 4th to November 23rd. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing between March 1st and November 23rd via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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

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Wolfscote Dale


Available in two different distances, this family-friendly walk starts in the pretty and popular village of Hartington. It then follows the River Dove through the wooded Beresford Dale to the spectacular rocky Wolfscote Dale. Leaving Wolfscote Dale via the rocky Biggin Dale, it then reaches the point where the two different routes of the walk diverge. For the shorter 6-mile walk, the route heads back to Hartington via quiet country lanes. The longer 9-mile route passes through the village of Biggin on the way to join the Tissington Trail. This former railway line is followed to the site of the old Hartington Station, where it leaves the trail and heads back via footpaths and lanes to the finish back in Hartington.

Distance: 6 or 9 miles.
Price: From £15.00 per person.

Dates available:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing from March to November.

Scheduled walks available most weekends and selected weekdays from March 4th to November 30th. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing between March 1st and November 30th via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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

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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:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing from March to November.

Scheduled walks available most weekends and selected weekdays from March 1st to November 22nd. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing between March and November via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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

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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:
Due to the temporary closure of Chelmorton Footpath 37 at Topley Pike, all bookings for this walk have been suspended until further notice.

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

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


This popular almost circular walk begins in the pretty village of Ashford-in-the-Water and ends in the nearby town of 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: 9 miles.
Price: £20.00.

Dates available:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing from March to November.

Scheduled walks available most weekends and selected weekdays from March 1st to November 22nd. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing between March 1st and November 23rd via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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

Rural Ramble 6: Six Dales Circular

Starts Spring 2024 - Details coming soon.

Rural Ramble 7: Padley Gorge and Carl Wark

Starts Summer 2024 - Details coming soon.

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Bradford Dale and the River Bradford


This short circular walk begins and ends in the little hamlet of Alport, near Bakewell, and follows the road through the popular village of Youlgreave to the nearby village of Middleton-By-Youlgreave. There, it descends the dark and mossy Middleton Dale into the wildlife-rich Bradford Dale, following the river past Youlgreave, where the narrow wooded dale opens out into a broad grassy valley, back to Alport and the meeting of the Rivers Bradford and Lathkill.

Distance: 4.5 miles.
Price: £6.00.

Dates available:
Open Walk bookings available on a date of your choosing from March to November.

Scheduled walks available most weekends and selected weekdays from March 1st to November 30th. Please see the walk information page for full list of dates.

Private bookings are also available on a date of your choosing between March 1st and November 30th via a Personal Walking Guide (subject to availability).

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

Rural Ramble 9: Tideswell to Monsal Head Circular

Starts Spring 2024 - Details coming soon.

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.



Other Walks
In addition to the walks listed above, you can also book places on our walks that have been specially designed for wheelchair and mobility scooter users, and other persons of reduced mobility. You don't have to have mobility issues to book onto these walks, as they are open to everyone regardless of ability. Some of the walks already listed above are also suitable for persons of reduced mobility, but you also have the option of booking places on any of the following specialised walks:


Private Bookings
If you would like the exclusive services of your guide, you can make a private booking for any of our walks listed above on a date of your choosing 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.

If you would like to book a Personal Walking Guide, please e-mail us to check that this is possible for the date(s) required.




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