The Great Outdoors – High Peak Trail, Derbyshire



Recently I’ve been planning some longer hikes with my Mum (as we both strive to keep active over Winter) and some shorter, fun walks with my husband and kids. A couple of times this month we’ve visited High Peak Junction at Cromford, Derbyshire and walked a couple of routes along parts of the High Peak Trail.


This area is gorgeous and full of history from ancient woodland to the remains of industrial activity with the slopes, catch pit and engine houses of the old quarry.


You can follow the main High Peak Trail directly from the car park or there are several other trails through the woods, including joining the Tissington Trail, Wirksworth Circular Walks, and Black Rocks or join the Cromford Canal from here.


In the woods there are plenty of tree stumps, logs, drystone walls, huge Ashover grit rocks, and even a swing, all to make your own adventure playground.


This month the acorns, pine cones and funghi were putting on a beautiful Autumn display so making mini treasure hunts/spot lists is a great way to entertain little ramblers.

The shop at High Peak Junction has toilets, picnic area, hot & cold drinks, snacks, baguettes, and local trail leaflets & information.

These routes can be walked, cycled or horse ridden. Check the links provided above for access information, parking and facilities.

This post forms part of my The Great Outdoors series where I journal about our hikes, adventures & explores.


All photos taken by me, all rights reserved.


15 thoughts on “The Great Outdoors – High Peak Trail, Derbyshire

    • Thanks, it’s steep near the Cromford Canal junction so you’re advised to dismount cycles but it’s a stunning part of woodland and popular with a lot of people, my husband’s a cyclist and goes along these trails a fair bit but even he hadn’t done the section we walked before so plenty to explore


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