From Peaks to Pavements: Why Derbyshire Is Meant for Walking

Walking is not just a form of exercise; it’s a pathway to better health and deeper community connections. In Derbyshire, the diverse landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for walking, from challenging hill climbs to accessible paths. Regular walking reduces loneliness, improves mental health and burns excess calories.

Explore Routes in Derbyshire

Derbyshire boasts some of the UK’s most beautiful trails, suitable for various abilities:

  • For the Adventurous: The Pennine Way is one of the UK’s most famous long-distance walks and offers over 400km of challenging terrains with stunning views.
  • Family-Friendly: Mam Tor & the Great Ridge features a manageable loop with breathtaking landscapes.
  • Accessible Options: The Monsal Trail provides a flat, wheelchair-friendly path through scenic dales and historical viaducts. Wheelchair and mobility scooter users can access the trail through accessible ramps at Bakewell Station, Hassop Station, Great Longstone Station and Millers Dale Station.

Getting Involved

  1. Set a Walking Goal: Use apps like Active 10 to set personal challenges and track your progress.
  2. Discover New Trails: Each walk is an opportunity to explore and connect with nature.
  3. Social Sharing: Post your routes and experiences on social media.
  4. Join Group Walks: Local walking groups offer social and motivational benefits.

Find Your Group

Walking groups are fantastic for meeting new people and staying motivated. Look for local clubs by visiting the Walk Derbyshire website. Walk Derbyshire provide information and support to encourage local communities across the county to get out and walk more from their doorstep. This could be walking to your school, a visit to the local shop or as part of your lunch break from either your home or workplace.

Every Step Counts

Whether you choose a leisurely stroll or a vigorous hike, each step during National Walking Month contributes to your health. Did you know walking briskly, even for 1 minute, counts as exercise? What are you waiting for – take your first steps today!