Derbyshire is fantastic walking territory with varied terrains and a real mix of landscapes to discover and explore.
The north of the county includes much of the Peak District National Park, the 1st designated National Park in the UK back in 1951. Derbyshire also covers the southern end of the Pennine Way, the Limestone Way and much of the National Forest.
Walking outdoors is one of the easiest ways to become more physically active, to increase your mood and to help your body produce more vitamin D. It’s also great fun! There’s so much to see and learn about the natural environment and a plethora of photo opportunities.
DISCOVER THE MATLOCK’S
Guided walk through two towns with a pub stop and picture-perfect views.
We’ll meet in the lovely spa town of Matlock. Starting point is Smedley Street’s County Hall, formerly the globally renowned Hydropathic Hotel, ‘Smedley’s Hydro’, which was popular in the Victorian era with visitors from all over Europe. We will talk about the history of the building with stories from yesteryear brought to life with historical photos.
From Smedley Street, we’ll walk the scenic route via High Tor to Matlock Bath (a steep off-road route), including ‘Giddy Edge’ for those who dare! En-route we’ll discuss ‘Riber Castle’ and the John Smedley family connections to the region.
We’ll stop at many vantage points along the way for iconic photo opportunities and for a breather! In Matlock Bath we’ll walk the promenade and the riverside discussing Matlock Bath’s thermal water and its recent cultural events. We’ll then head back to Matlock through the fields to sample a local beer with the local people!
A challenging 4-mile walk off the beaten track, with amazing views to discover the delights of Matlock, past & present.
The walk includes steep hills and uneven ground so people will need to have a fair level of fitness and walking ability.
BASLOW EDGES WALK 3.5 MILES
Monuments, Peaks, Edges, Woodland and Neolithic Carvings.
This 3.5 mile walk takes in wonderfully varied terrain, amazing views from the edges, a beautiful birchwood and a Neolithic carving.
Starting at the Robin Hood car park in Baslow, we head up into the hills. A steady climb with a slight scramble up the rocks to reach Birchen Edge, here we see Nelson’s monument and the 3 ships. Great views across the valley & Chatsworth Estate; perfect for photo opps.
The walk then descends into the delightful Derbyshire landscape and across moorland for a mile or so. We then enter a beautiful birch wood, which has a magical feel to it. Through the woods I’ll show your where there’s a hidden Neolithic carving. Then onto Gardom’s Edge – another great vantage point for photos. For a short distance, this walk encompasses a lot of different landscape and vistas. Perfect for nature connection, mindfulness and creative photography.
This walk can be extended to include an ancient oak wood and extended further again to include the iconic local Estate; grounds and house.
Difficulty: Moderate – stiles, uphill climbs & uneven terrain, slight scramble up to the first Edge.
WALK OF WONDER WITH GLASS PHOTO BALL
See the world differently!
This is a wonderful chance to see some of the stunning Derbyshire landscape and iconic views whilst getting creative with a glass-lens photography ball.
We’ll meet in the pretty village of Baslow, where you’ll be given your glass photo-ball and a list of top tips.
Baslow is in the heart of the Peak District National Park, Britain’s first designated National Park back in 1951. We’ll walk through the stunning grounds of an iconic local Estate, where you’re pretty much guaranteed to see wild deer, sheep, a variety of birds and other wildlife. The walk will take us through the beautiful scenery for 3 miles.
Throughout the experience, we’ll be stopping off at various vantage points for you to use the photo-ball to capture some fabulous imagery. Images such majestic trees, the River Derwent, bridges, stately homes, fabulous fauna & flora and of course wonderful selfies!!
View the Peak District through your own eyes as well as through the magical glass ball, which creates some fascinating visions.
At the end of the walk we’ll call in for a beer/soft drink in the lovely local pub and look at how we can use smart phones to enhance the photos.
This experience of creativity in the great outdoors, is the perfect combination for fun and wellbeing.
Other things to note
You will need your own smartphone to get the most out of this experience. Don’t worry if you think you’re not great at photography – you will be able to take some fabulous shots.
The walk is at times uneven and uphill so you’ll need a moderate level of fitness.