One of the many beautiful old cart tracks in the Hope ValleyHope Valley has many stories to tell in its undulating hills, craggy rocks, steep valleys and gullies and bleak moorlands and there can be no better way to discover more about the history of the area and the centuries of people who have made the Hope Valley their home than by traipsing the land and discovering its past for yourself.

There are many well trodden paths for you to explore within the area that range from a taxing hike to an easy stroll, so whether you are a young family or experienced hikers there is a walk or hike in Hope Valley that is perfect for you. The most popular walks are around Winnats Pass and Mam Tor, which offer the most spectacular views of the countryside all around.

If you fancy having a go at the Hope Walk itself then this gentle 6 mile walk is perfect for a day’s strolling with perhaps a picnic at Castleton. The walk starts from Losehill Farm and goes through the beautiful parkland of Losehill Hall and follows a farm track onto Castleton. From there walkers follow Peakshole Water which runs from Peak Cavern – the only natural cave in Hope Valley - and back round to Hope.

Start of the Pennine Way at EdaleThe most famous walk to pass through this area is of course the Pennine Way, which is an epic hike of some 270 miles stretching from Edale to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border. It passes through some of the most stunning landmarks in the Peak District but can take up to three weeks to complete! However you can choose to walk some of the Pennine Way if you wish, full walk details including plans and maps of walk sections are available from the National Trail website Click Here

Because of the risk of erosion to this sometimes fragile landscape, walkers are requested to follow planned routes rather than go off course, but with so many walks and hikes dotted around Hope Valley that shouldn’t be too difficu
lt. Once you get out into the heart of the Valley you really do feel at one with the countryside, as in some places there is not a sign of human habitation as far as the eye can see. If yWalkerou want to soak up the atmosphere and character of Hope Valley then this is surely one of the best ways to go about it.

Look out for the Walking Events and Festivals! Click Here to download 2014 Walking Festival PDF

Pick from nearly 200 walks - some led by professional guides and others you can wander alone. Whatever your age, ability or interests, you will find a walk to suit you and you will explore some of the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer.

You can participate in long distance walks and strolls around the villages, cross country hikes, walks through areas not ordinarily open to the public.  There are themed walks for those interested in wildlife, archaeology, history and even the supernatural! 

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Download Bamford Walk PDF

5.25 miles
Easy to moderate, mostly flat but with a long climb up to Bamford Moor
Take care over the river crossing in wet weather

Download Bamford Station to Hathersage Station Walk PDF Just shy of 3 miles, 483ft ascent, some muddy and difficult tracks
Download Bradwell Walk PDF 4 miles
Field walk to start, then a long ascent on a rough track. Steep and sometimes slippery descent back into Bradwell
Download Calver Walk PDF 2.5 miles
Flat, easy walking
Download Castleton Walk PDF 4.5 miles
Long rocky climb up Cave Dale which can be very wet underfoot after heavy rain. From then on fairly easy going but with some steep descents.
Click here for AAs Castles & Caverns Walk A 5 mile circuit of Castleton and the surrounding area, some tracks and stiles.
Click here for AAs Mam Tor Walk 'Over The Shivering Mountain'. A 5 mile walk over the top of Mam Tor, over grassland and fields and on good tracks.
Click here for Christopher Somerville's Castleton & Lose Hill Walk A 5.5 mile walk starting and finishing at Castleton's Visitors Centre.
Click here to download Peak District Route 6  6.5 - 8 miles, taking in Mam Tor, Hollins Cross and Back Tor
Click here for the AAs Marching Roads & Battlefields Walk A 9 mile walk ideally suited to the history lover, this takes you along the ancient roads of the Valley, to the Roman fort of Navio and the site of the tribal battle that saw the first Saxon King of England - King Athelstan

Acknowledgments: Discover Derbyshire and the Peak District, John Harris' Walking in Derbyshire, VisitPeakDistrict & Large Outdoors


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