Derbyshire Dales Walking Festival

The Derbyshire Dales Walking Festival from 19-25 September has been put together in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire Dales Ramblers Group, Eastern Moors Partnership and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Included are walks of a variety of distances and geographies around the Derbyshire Dales. There is something for everyone, from our fully accessible, dementia friendly walks and social dog walks to the Cromford heritage walks and our wellbeing walks.

Download the Walking Festival Leaflet here (PDF 2.18MB)

It's easy and free to book on to the walks - details of how to do it are at the bottom of the page.  Please make sure you wear suitable footwear and bring water with you on every walk and also read advice from the Ramblers on how to prepare for a walk www.derbyshiredalesramblers.org.uk

*Dogs are welcome on a short lead unless the walk specifically says otherwise

Here's the festival list:

Monday 19th Sep
10am Tissington Station with Peak District National Park Rangers. Walks for All - fully accessible, dementia friendly for up to 2 hours on Tissington Trail at your speed - whatever that is.  Kiosk and fully accessible toilets available at the pay&display car park and cafe in Tissington village.  what3words: ///wagers.slowly.chum

2pm Wirksworth Leisure Centre with DDDC Health Walks. Very steady walk for up to 90 minutes on good ground - about 2 miles.  what3words: ///lobster.brambles.reduction

Tuesday 20th Sep
10am Ashbourne Pavilion with DDDC Health Walks. Very gentle walk around the Park and Recreation Grounds on good ground up to an hour.  what3words: ///clubbing.best.rucksack

10:30am Whitworth Park War Memorial, Darley Dale, with DDDC Health Walks. Very steady walk on good ground for up to 11/2 hrs - about 2 miles.  Pay and display car park with cafe and fully accessible toilets available.  what3words: ///relishes.tallest.scores

10:30am Longnor Market Place with Derbyshire Dales Ramblers Group.
Start - Longnor Market Place.  Grid ref SK 088 649  Postcode SK17 0NT 
Via Manifold Valley, Under Whittle, Crowdecote and Dove Valley.  6 miles in 3.5-4 hrs with 225m ascent.  There will be both a coffee and a lunch break - please bring what you require.  No dogs except assistance dogs due to livestock

Wednesday 21st Sep
10:30am Dovedale with DDDC Health Walks. 5-6 miles in 3 hours at a steady pace.  Park in National Trust pay&display car park Grid Ref SK 146 509 Postcode DE6 2AX what3words: ///sheets.printout.brains.  Toilets available in car park.

2pm Tideswell Dale with Peak District National Park Rangers. Walks for All - fully accessible, dementia friendly for up to 1.5 hrs in Tideswell Dale at your speed - whatever that is.  Fully accessible toilets available in the pay&display car park. Grid ref SK 1538 7418  what3words: ///text.wisdom.comedy 

Thursday 22nd Sep
10am Alport with DDDC Health Walks walking 3 - 4 miles in about 2 hrs.  what3words: ///paddocks.positive.loaders

10am Long Lane by Lea Gardens with Derbyshire Dales Ramblers Group.
Start - Long Lane roadside (by Lea Gardens) Grid ref SK 318 563  Postcode DE4 5GH
Via Dethick, Lea, Crich, Wakebridge and Holloway.  8.5 miles in 4.5-5 hrs with 365m ascent.  There  will be both a coffee and a lunch break - please bring what you require.  No dogs except assistance dogs due to livestock.

10:30am 3 Edges Walk round Curbar, Froggatt and White Edges with the Eastern Moors Walk Moor. 6.5 miles in about 4 hrs parking at Curbar Gap pay&display car park.  Bring a packed lunch and binoculars if you have them.  what3words: ///thankful.blunders.fallback

Friday 23rd Sep
10am Hassop Station with Peak District National Park Rangers. Walks for All - fully accessible, dementia friendly for up to 1.5 hours on the Monsal Trail.  Walking at your speed - whatever that is.  Fully accessible toilets available at Hassop Station cafe.  Pay&display parking.  what3words: ///towns.kiosk.gown

10:30am Lumsdale Wellbeing walk with DDDC Health Walks. Very steady walk for up to 1.5 hrs and about 2 miles.  Parking on the road opposite Highfields School.  what3words: ///club.empire.dogs

Saturday 24th Sep
9:30am Social Dog Walk on Stanton Moor walking for about 1.5 hrs with dogs on short leads.  Park in the free car park opposite Birchover Stone Quarry on the top road between Stanton and Birchover.  what3words: ///rental.dared.valued

10am Meet at the Bandstand in Hall Leys Park for a very steady walk around the park and surrounding area on good ground with DDDC Health Walks walking about 2 miles in 90 mins.   what3words: ///storage.cheerily.pythons

10am Ambergate on Holly Lane beside Birch Wood with Derbyshire Dales Ramblers Group.  Grid ref SK 345 514  Postcode DE56 3HG
Via Alderswadsley Hall, Whatstandwell and Cromford Canal.  6.5miles in 3.5-4 hrs.  There will be both a coffee and a lunch break - please bring what you require.

Sunday 25th Sep
10am Brassington car park/picnic site (Wirksworth Dale) with Derbyshire Dales Ramblers Group.  Grid ref SK 233 546  Postcode DE4 4PW
Via Balidon, Bradbourne, Kniveton, Hognaston and Carsington.  11 miles in 5-5.5 hrs with 480m ascent.  There will be both a coffee and a lunch break - please bring what you require.  No dogs except assistance dogs due to livestock.

10:30am Cromford Canal Wharf Heritage Walk with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.  Learn about the history of the canal and all the restoration work that has been taking place.  Walking from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction, hearing about the Pump House and then onto the newly restored Aquaduct Cottage at Leawood and back.   Fully accessible, dementia friendly for up to 1.5 hours and about 2 miles.  Fully accessible toilets and cafe kiosk available in the pay&display car park.  what3words: ///splashes.lately.worms

How to book

All walks are free and led by experienced volunteer walk leaders. To book your place Contact Helen Milton, DDDC Health Walks Coordinator:
phone or text 07775 931047
Email: helen.milton@derbyshiredales.gov.uk
The Derbyshire Dales Walking Festival from 19-25 September has been put together in partnership with some of the organisations who offer free led walks.

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