Five Beautiful Nordic Walking Locations in Derbyshire

Many walkers encounter the problem of finding a new place to walk, it can be a hassle finding somewhere where you know it is safe, easy to park, and has a defined route to it. But this may, at the same time, limit where you can actually go, as you may not have knowledge of certain places well enough to know a route around. Derbyshire is only about 80 miles from Bedfordshire. It borders Leicestershire, which then borders Northamptonshire, where we have some of our walks, it is also easily accessible via the M1, or you can catch direct trains from Bedford, Wellingborough or Luton station to Derby or Chesterfield, or even a National Express coach from Milton Keynes straight to Derby. 

Derbyshire is a place of outstanding natural beauty, it is on the edge of the Peak District, and contains towns like Buxton, which is known for its natural beauty and mineral-rich spring water. We have enlisted the help of a real, blue-blooded, Derbyshire local. He has grown up in Derbyshire, and frequently uses terms such as ‘Ayup Me Duck’ and refers to cold weather as ‘Baltic’, so we felt there were few people better qualified than him to write this article for us. Please do visit his blog, the Market Critic.

1: Shipley Park

This park has been awarded the Green Flag Award in regard to its quality of green spaces every year since 2008, with the Green Flag Award being the national standard for parks and green spaces within England and Wales, and it is is just to the east of Heanor, Derbyshire. 

With its amazing pathways and fields, you can easily lose yourself in nature and not see a single soul for miles, you are not just stuck with walking though, Shipley Park has many activities you can participate in, for instance, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, angling, picnicking, kite flying, jogging, wayfaring, photography and exploring the may areas nestled on the superb countryside area.

2: Dovedale

A beautiful valley within the Peak District in England, that gains millions of visitors a year. The valley was created by the River Dove and runs for around 3 Miles roughly, from Milldale in the north and Thorpe Cloud and Bunster Hill in the south, with stepping stones crossing the river within the wooded ravine, and two caves known as Dove Holes, this area is amassed with natural beauty and you can easily spend the day here viewing birds or just slowly enjoying the trails.

3: Tissington Trail

tassington train ancient bridge

A bridleway, footpath and cycleway in Derbyshire, this trail goes along the old former railway line connecting

Ashbourne to Buxton, this trail has nice paths that are suitable for horses, walking and wheelchairs, and are well maintained, you will be sure to have a relaxing day here.

4: Mam Tor

Mam Tor is a beautiful hill near Castleton in the High Peak of Derbyshire, known for its frequent landslides in the past which has lead to a multitude of small hills at the bottom, from the top you can see fantastic views for miles, and also see remnants of old Bronze Age and early Iron Age history, additionally there are four caves for you to explore also, really enhancing that walking adventure and giving you more then enough to keep you busy for a whole day or two.

 

5: Pennine Way

This National Trail starts in England but stretches all the way to Scotland, so can be a nice walk or for

you more dedicated walkers, a good challenge. With around 267 miles of trail for you to explore, you will not be getting bored anytime soon, only fatigued, with endless wonderful and varied countryside and nature for you to witness, you can be assured no 10 miles will be the same, starting in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, you then head through the Yorkshire Dales, 

Northumberland National Park and then ends at Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish border, known as one of the best and toughest trails in the UK, you will be left with wonderful memories if this walk guaranteed.

Written by: Maths Games James, The Market Critic

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