Outdoor activities

The Derbyshire Dales is a paradise for walkers, horse riders, cyclists and lovers of other outdoor activities. With miles of waymarked footpaths, traffic-free cycle trails and bridleways there are routes suitable for all abilities. Gritstone edges offer a challenge to climbers, who come to the area from all over the country. Or if you prefer to relax with a spot of fishing or golf, there are plenty of excellent locations to enjoy yourself. Rivers and reservoirs offer excellent water-sports and the hills and edges offer superb opportunities for air-sports such as hang gliding and paragliding.

Find an activity and enjoy the great outdoors in the Derbyshire Dales!

Get out, get fit and enjoy the fresh air! Walking is the one of the best ways to see the countryside and the Derbyshire Dales offers an unrivalled choice of routes. The northern half lies with the Peak District, Britain's first National Park, where the limestone 'White Peak' is a patchwork of fields, stone walls and sparkling river valleys such as the Wye, Derwent, Lathkill and Dove. Higher up the moorland of the 'Dark Peak' ends in dramatic gritstone 'edges' offering superb views for walkers. In the southern half of the Dales the countryside is gentler, with rolling green fields and hedges where wildlife flourishes.

Cycling is very popular due to the miles of quiet country lanes and traffic-free former railway lines such as the the Tissington Trail, the High Peak Trail and the Monsal Trail.   Bring your own bikes or hire one at one of several cycle hire centres. 

Mountain bikers love the Dales too - with lots of challenging routes particularly in the Dark Peak 
area with its gritstone edges and moorland paths. 

Visit the Peak District website for further information on cycle routes and cycle hire (including electric bicycles).