Where to Walk and Run in the Peak District

Hit the ground running when you arrive at the Big Shakeout with our pre-plotted Peak District routes!

At a loose end and not sure what to do?
Or maybe you're flying solo for an hour or two?
It's hard plan a route when you're somewhere new,
So we thought we'd share our favourites to see you through.

Who doesn't love a poem eh? But even lovelier than a poem is when you can head out on a run or walk with smashing views and smashing trails without having to do hours of planning and research beforehand. We figured that you'd already have enough to think about before the Big Shakeout (practicing your air guitar), and we happen to get quite a lot of running and walking done in the Peak District. So we put two and two together and decided to share some of our favourite routes.

Close to home: runs starting at Thornbridge Outdoor

Explorefurther afield


Thornbridge to Fin Cop - 7km - 182m ascent

A short route that leads you from the doorstep of your tent all the way up to the prehistoric hill-fort of Fin Cop, and then back again in a loop via Monsal Trail. On mixed terrain of small roads and trails, this route is ideal for a short walk, quick run, or a few circuits.

 

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Bakewell Circular from Thornbridge - 9.5km - 125m ascent

Discover the magnificient countryside and Bakewell puddings a stone's throw from where you've pitched your home for the weekend on this route. Beginning at Thornbridge Outdoors, you'll take the scenic route cross country to Bakewell and return to base through the unbelievably picturesque Ashford in the Water. This run isn't super hilly, but don't get your hopes up too much - it wouldn't be the Peak District without a few inclines!

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Calver Peak from Thornbridge - 13.6km - 355m ascent

Once around the lighthouse! A slightly more punishing route from Thornbridge Hall takes you up on a loop round Calver Peak and back; great for getting your legs moving (and then tiring them out again) in the morning! Unfortunately there's no lighthouse to run around, but there are some lovely views!

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Longstone Chase - 23.5km - 541m ascent

Hathersage Hero Megan's ultimate challenge. From Thornbridge Outdoors it doesn't take log to find the hills, but don't worry, there are a few 'warm up' inclines before you head up, up and up along the Peak Stone edges between Froggatt and Curbar. From there it's all down until, well it's downhill until you start the long gentle incline back to base anyway...

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Curbar, Baslow and Birchen - 8.5km - 230m ascent

A quiet hillside village, Curbar is nonetheless infamous among runners, walkers and climbers alike for its steep hills, stiff climbs, interesting trails and glorious views. This route is a short but sweet introduction to the fun that can be had around Curbar village, and it's always worth popping by Chatsworth for a cup of tea and a cake on the way home!

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Castleton and Mam Tor - 10.5 kilometres - 437 m ascent

Lying at the foot of the mysterious Mam Tor, at the bottom of the dramatic gorges of Winnat's Pass, and home to a collection of underground worlds of stalactites and stalagmites, Castleton is one of the most beautifully situated villages in the White Peak. This route begins at its heart, leading you to the peak of Mam Tor, and across to Lose Hill before you descend into back into the village.

A route with a lot of climbing (you can tell it's one of Dave's), you'll be rewarding with excellent panoramic views at the top; save the map or download the route, tie up your shoelaces, and hit the trail! Don't forget to let us know what you think afterwards!

 

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White Edge Route Calver - 10.6km - 199m Ascent

Another one of Buyer Dave's favourite, but he's eased off on the hills this time and the inclines tend to be more gentle. Starting and finishing at a pub (as every adventure should) this route takes you on a circular from the Grouse Inn at Longshaw, around the moors above Curbar Edge and Froggatt Edge before looping round to follow Bar Brook back to the pub. 

 

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Derwent Edge, Bamford - 15.8km - 414m Ascent

Cramming 414 metres of ascent into the 15km distance, this route is somewhat of an uphill challenge. The views are certainly worth it though! After parking at Fairholmes Visitor centre, the first 7.5km of this route leads you 300 metres higher to Lost Lad, where you'll enjoy views down into the valley and over the reservoir as you make your way along Derwent Edge to Wheel Stones before beginning your descent. There are some excellent picnic and cragging spots along the way, so why not throw your rock shoes and some sarnies in your bag?

 

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Remember: all outdoor activities involve risk, you must have a clear understanding of these risks before pursuing any activity.

We have tried to make all information as accurate as possible, however trails are not marked on bridleways and use of any of information is entirely at your own risk, please always take a map out with you.

You are responsible for your personal safety and must exercise your own independent judgment as to whether the activity is suitable for you in the context of your fitness, training, skills and experience.

02 01 2018

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