The Peak District and Derbyshire are a hiker’s dream year-round. But there’s nothing quite like braving the cold hike in the hills and dales. Here are some of the best winter breaks in the Peak District and Derbyshire. From challenging hikes of Dark Peak to relaxing walks of the whole family along quiet paths.


Chatsworth, Bakewell

The winter wonderland. The beautiful house of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire stands out all the more. For the first time in 2022, visitors can enjoy Chatsworth’s home, and garden. Farmyard before or after going on to walk around the surrounding countryside.

You may go in any of these beautiful treks around Chatsworth. Or you can tackle the 6-mile hike from Chatsworth to Bakewell. If you happen to see the renowned Chatsworth deer, don’t forget to snap a photo!


Historic Chatsworth House, Derbyshire


Cromford Canal in Matlock

Much of what is a vital structure of our industrial infrastructure. The Cromford Canal is now a wonderful nature reserve that is home to a wide variety of birds. Insects, and small mammals like water voles. Take a  walk down the canal towpath between Ambergate and Cromford.

Feel the beautiful frozen trees of the Derwent Valley. This path may be taken by hikers of varying skill levels and is quite convenient. You can pick up some snacks at the famed Cromford Mills. It is located in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, at the Cromford end of the trail.


Hartington, Buxton

This 7-and-a-half-mile hike way through lovely Hartington. Over the undulating Derbyshire countryside to the ruins of Pilsbury Castle. Hartington has several lovely homes from the 18th century. A picturesque pond, but it is most famous for housing one of the finest cheese stores in the world.


A pretty village at the northern end of Dovedale, the village is set in some of the very best walking country.



Longshaw Estate of Sheffield

Done some warm clothing and take a walk to the Longshaw Estate. It’s owned by the National Trust. Take a walk to the picturesque Burbage Brook, through mystical meadows and an old winter forest. You will reach the enchanted Padley Gorge.

Car parks that demand payment and the production of a parking receipt are still available without reservation. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., you may use the restrooms and purchase refreshments in the Croft Cabin.


Hathersage to Stanage Edge in Hope Valley

Beginning in Hathersage, this 9-mile hike leads you along the spectacular cliffs of Stanage Edge. It has a breathtaking vista of the Derwent and Hope Valleys, Mam Tor, and Kinder Scout.

North Lees Hall, which can be seen in the approach to Stanage Edge. Literary and historical ties to the place. Many people think that Mr. Rochester’s house in Jane Eyre was based on this 16th-century estate.


Explore outdoors at Kedleston this winter. Crisp, cold days and early sunsets – the winter landscape can be an inspiring place to step out into


Kedleston Hall

Put on your snowshoes and wool cap and go on an adventure in the snow at Kedleston Hall. A lovely mansion built in the 18th century not far from Derby. Walking along the lakeshore or through the woods, the beautiful parkland. It provides the opportunity for contemplation and exercises this time of year.

You may go anywhere you choose or follow one of the recommended paths. The Peter Rabbit Trail is a great place to go sledding. Or ice skating in the winter with the kids (10 a.m.–4 p.m. until December 31). The Kedleston Hall you see above is a National Trust site. You’ll need to reserve a room in advance if you want to visit.


The Young Scout of Edale

When you need to clear your head, go to the Peak District National Park’s highest spot. Kinder Scout, which is at an elevation of 2,087 feet, may be reached from several different directions.

Although the journey from Snake Pass is often the most peaceful. As you make your way to the plateau’s peak. Keep an eye out for amazing rock formations like the Woolpacks and Boxing Gloves.


The highest point of both the Peak District and the East Midlands, situated 636 m above sea level along the Pennine Way.


Wetton to Ilam in the Manifold Valley

This 10-mile round trip from the town of Wetton in the Staffordshire Peak District. It has a perfect view over the Manifold Valley in the winter. Visit Thor’s Cave, then go through Ilam Park. Then make your way back along the other side of the River Manifold.


Lyme Park’s Lantern Walk in Disley

This alternative route around Lyme Park offered a little something different. It all begins with the beautiful Lyme Hall. If there is any chance, you may see one of Lyme’s red deer in the park’s eastern section.

Where the picturesque Lantern Wood gives wonderful views over Cheshire and beyond the Peak District. When you reach the peak, the vista is spacious, and the trail should be less crowded. It is important to remember that Lyme Hall is a National Trust property. Reservations must be made in advance.


This is one of the most worthwhile walks you can do up to Bowstones which sits right on top on the hill behind Lyme park.


Monsal Trail Bakewell

Rent a bike or just go for a leisurely walk along this scenic old railroad route. Take in the breathtaking vistas of the winter landscape from the spectacular Headstone Viaduct. If you use a wheelchair, you won’t any trouble following the path of Blackwell Mill in Chee Dale and Coombs Road.

You will travel a distance of 8.5 miles over the old Midland Railway route. Hassop Station, at the Bakewell end of the track, and Blackwell Mill. Midway down the path, both provide bike rental services and takeout food and drink (at the northern end of the trail).

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