The five best walks in Derbyshire
Derbyshire and the surrounding areas of the peak district is famous for it’s rolling hills, scenic landscapes and renowned walking routes. Keep on reading to find out more about some of our favourite locations to go hiking for all abilities and ages.
Curbar edge is based just a short distance away from Chesterfield and overlooks the quaint village of Curbar and the Derwent Valley. The stunning moorland is home to a variety of breath taking wildlife such as the red grouse or the famous wild red deer. (Don’t forget to try and spot these during your walk!) This walk is versatile and can be modified depending on your hiking abilities. If you fancy a simple walk, simply park at the Curbar Edge car park and take a short walk up to the edge of the rocks, from here you can simply take in the views, watch the sunset and relax. If you prefer to take the longer route, a circular walk is also on offer to the more moderate walkers. The circular route is roughly 5 miles long and takes between 2.5 – 3.5 hours to complete.
Chesterfield and the surrounding villages are also home to the famous Five Pits Trail which spans across multiple villages and can be enjoyed by horse riders, walkers and cyclists. The Five Pits Trail is rich with history and tells a story of the industrial revolution of Derbyshire. The trail follows the routes of the five collieries that powered the local areas, these include Grassmoor Colliery, Pilsley Station, Locko Lane Viaduct to name a few. The trail offers a 5.5 mile off road route from Grassmoor Country Park to Tibshelf Ponds. There is also the option to extend your route to 7.5 miles by exploring the William Thorpe nature reserve and Homewood Woodlands. The trail is suitable for all ages and abilities and is accessible for pram use too.
This 7 mile circular walk is the perfect opportunity to visit two of Derbyshire’s beautiful castles and manor houses; the stunning Bolsover Castle and the historic Sutton Scarsdale. The walk takes on average between 2.5-3 hours however don’t forget to also factor time in to explore both beautiful historic sites. The walk begins at Bolsover castle and takes you on a journey through scenic fields and beautiful views before stumbling upon Sutton Scarsdale at the half way point. The starting point at Bolsover castle is just a short 5 minute drive or 0.9 mile walk from our Destination 14 development, therefore perfect for a Sunday stroll to wind down after a busy week.