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Best trails in Buxton

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Looking for a great trail near Buxton, Derbyshire? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Peak District National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Dovedale National Nature Reserve or Kinder Scout National Nature Reserve. Ready for some activity? There are 26 moderate trails in Buxton ranging from 4.3 to 18.1 miles and from 498 to 1,837 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Shining Tor and Goyt Valley Circular Walk
Peak District National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
#2 - Monsal Trail
Peak District National Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route along the former Midland Railway line for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District's most spectacular limestone dales. Most of the route was opened to the public in 1981. Over the years its tunnels were slowly converted into safe passages for users of the Trail. The public can now experience the full length of the former railway route at their own pace and see breathtaking views from numerous look-out points.Show more
#3 - Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Circular Walk
Peak District National Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 44 m
A walk with South Cheshire Ramblers from Longnor proceeding west into the Dove valley and to Hollinsclough village. It then moves onto the slopes of Hollins Hill at the top of which the dramatic dragons back of Chrome Hill can be seen. At the top of Chrome Hill the ascent of Parkhouse is sighted, after which the possibility of cool refreshment draws one on to the public house 'The quiet woman' in the village of Earl Sterndale. A final climb to the see the views from the top of High Wheeldon before returning to the start.Show more
#4 - Goyt Valley Circular
Peak District National Park
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
#5 - Errwood Reservoir, Shining Tor and Errwood Hall
Peak District National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
The beautiful Goyt Valley lies in the Peak District National Park on the Cheshire/Derbyshire border close to the towns of Macclesfield and Buxton. It contains some stunning scenery, including high moorland, gritstone edges and Fernilee and Errwood reservoirs. The western side of the valley is flanked by Shining Tor, which rises to a height of 1,833 feet and has great views, on a clear day you can see Jodrell Bank in Cheshire and further to the welsh hills.This walk takes in several features including the ruins of the old Errwood Hall and its surrounding estate. This vast estate with its varying landscapes were created and owned by the wealthy Grimshawe Family,it was built for Samuel Grimshawe a wealthy Manchester businessman. The Hall was built in 1840 - 41. Samuel Grimshawe's grandchildren were the last members of the family to live at the hall, which was later demolished in connection with the construction of the Fernilee reservoir in 1934. Stones from the demolished hall were used to construct the water treatment works below the reservoir. The surrounding woodlands are bursting with the colours of the Yellow Azaleaa and Purple Rhododendron shrubs which the Grimshawes brought back from their many travels and the best time to see these in flower is April-early June. The first part of the walk is a long steady uphill climb but then becomes mostly downhill from Shinning Tor. Some sections could be boggy and the grassy downhill sections could be slippery after wet weather. You will pass through several gates on the route and there are also flights of steps to negotiate. The appropriate map is OL 24 White Peak. There are no public toilets in the Goyt Valley, the nearest being in the park in Buxton. Show more
#6 - Gradbach, the Roaches and Lud's Church
Peak District National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
Gradbach is a tiny hamlet on the River Dane, and a well-known beauty spot popular with hikers and walkers. The Roaches is a prominent rocky ridge above Leek and Tittesworth Reservoir in the Peak District of England. Lud's Church is a deep chasm penetrating the Millstone Grit bedrock created by a massive landslip on the hillside above Gradbach, Staffordshire, England. It is located in a wood known as Back Forest, towards the Southwestern part of the Peak District. Show more
#7 - Solomon's Temple
Peak District National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Please note: As of July 20, 2020, users have reported that the Go-Ape car park is currently closed. There is parking close by.Show more
#8 - Goyt Valley Hill Walk
Peak District National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
#9 - Errwood, Fernilee Reservoir and Taxal Circular
Peak District National Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
A pleasant walk in the beautiful Goyt Valley along the banks of Fernilee Reservoir, with its mixed woodland, down to the small hamlet of Taxal and back along the valley following the River Goyt. On this walk you will need to negotiate a couple of steep descents and one steep ascent, a stile, several gates and a few flights of steps. After rain some sections through the woodland could be muddy and some field sections are boggy due to being churned by livestock. There are no toilets in the valley, the nearest are in the centre of Buxton. An ice cream van sometimes sits in the car park and picnic benches are also available in the car park area.Show more
#10 - Buxton to Errwood Walk
Buxton, Derbyshire, England
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
The walk starts from Bishop’s Lane. This is an easy stroll from Buxton town centre. Bishop’s Lane forks off on the right, just before Burbage Church. There are many parking spaces nearby. Bishop's Lane will eventually take you to two stone gateposts. From here, head up the slope. There should be a hard-to-spot footpath sign a short distance on the left. Keep following the footpath sign and go up the flight of stairs. This is where the path will head towards the left and then to the right. Views of Buxton can be seen from here. Cross over the track. Follow the signs downhill. There are a number of small footbridges around this area for muddy sections. Here is where there is a wide path crossing from left to right. Turn right and follow this path. You will eventually come upon Errwood Reservoir in the distance. As you walk, keep the reservoir on your left until you reach the road. Turn left down the road and follow it. You will cross the dam that divides the Fertile and Errwood Reservoirs. You will keep following this path along the Errwood Reservoir. Next, you will pass over the bridge and meet Errwood Hall car park. Continue along the road until it comes to fork. Go left at the fork and walk along this path to the River Goyt. When the track ends, keep walking in the same direction up the series of stairs. When you come to the road, turn left. Continue on the road and eventually walk over the bridge that is across the River Goyt. Keep walking in the direction of the signs that point towards Buxton. Turn right after the footbridge, and keep on the track across the moorland. When you reach a junction of trails with a fork, take the left fork uphill. At the wooden gate in the stone wall, walk downhill to the left across the field to the group of trees. Turn left at the corner of the field. You will now be heading in the direction of Buxton Old Coach Road. Keep walking in this direction, through the housing estate, to the A53. To complete your loop, turn left on Bishop’s Lane to reach the town center. Show more
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