6 great woodland walks in the Peak District

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 October 2020 | UPDATED: 08:56 20 October 2020

Views of the High Peak by Sally Mosley

Views of the High Peak by Sally Mosley


A selection of walks close to woodlands in and around Derbyshire.

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Shillito Woods by Sally MosleyShillito Woods by Sally Mosley

Eastern Moors and Shillito Wood

Head to the eastern edge of the Peak District on this glorious moorland ramble.

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Fernilee Reservoir by Sally MosleyFernilee Reservoir by Sally Mosley

Fernilee Reservoir

Fernilee Reservoir is just outside Buxton, it is surrounded by a lot of woodland which makes this walk a great adventure, all year round.

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Ladybower by Sally MosleyLadybower by Sally Mosley

Ladybower Reservoir

There are swathes of woodland in the Upper Derwent Valley containing broadleaf trees such as majestic beech and oak. Alongside and mingled in with these are plantations of conifers set in immaculate, straight and precise rows by meticulously neat and tidy forestry workers.

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Chatsworth's beautiful parkland by Sally MosleyChatsworth's beautiful parkland by Sally Mosley


Explore the woodland on the Chatsworth Estate, the presence of deer add to the atmosphere on this quintessential countryside walk.

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The River Derwent taken from Leadmill Bridge by Sally MosleyThe River Derwent taken from Leadmill Bridge by Sally Mosley


A section of this walk takes you through Highlow Wood on a path that is often carpeted with needles from larch, spruce and pine as well as leaves from beech, oak and sycamore trees.

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Macclesfield Forest by Sally MosleyMacclesfield Forest by Sally Mosley

Macclesfield Forest

With dense pine forestation overlooked by a miniature Matterhorn mountain, on this walk you can imagine yourself to be hiking in Switzerland rather than the Peak District.

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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change. We advise you acquire a recent OS map of the area you plan to visit and assure there are no major changes.

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