Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Friends of the Peak District Boundary Walk

This article is from Signpost 49, July 2015

Friends of the Peak District are putting together a route for a long-distance walk around the boundary of the Peak District. The idea is to encourage visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Peak District, publicise the work of the Friends, attract more members and maybe earn some money. Once the route is sorted they would like to add it to the LDWA route book, establish it as a national trail and even publish it in book form.

Since some of the best walks and attractions are within the Park rather than on the boundary the route will not stick slavishly to the boundary. The complete route will be about 190 miles in ten stages, with suitable accommodation near the start points and with refreshment stops along the way. The proposed route is listed at the end of this article and we are looking for people to walk the route and give some feedback in the following areas:

a)Footpaths, accessibility, signposting
b)Suggestions of better routes
c)Detailed, written route descriptions
d)Any interesting features to look out for (e.g. archaeological, ecological, industrial heritage etc); interesting stories or folklore about the area; places nearby that are worth a visit; places to eat, drink and sleep.

If you want to help, could you please answer a few questions about what you can do and send the answers to Julie Gough at or tel: 0114 279 2655 or by post to 37 Stafford Road Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2SF:

1)How many miles would you like to cover? You don’t need to walk whole sections.
2)In how many sections would you like to walk?
3)Which area of the Peak District boundary would you like to walk? Please be specific.
4)How flexible on areas are you?
5)Do you have your own car or will you use public transport?
6)When would you be available to walk between now and the end of September?
7)Do you have any mapping software which can upload GPX files?
8)Which type of feedback (as in a to d above) would you like to provide.
9)May we share your email address with other boundary walk volunteers?

The proposed route

Section 1:Buxton to Hayfield, 20.6 miles, midpoint Peak Forest.
Section 2:Hayfield to Saddleworth (Greenfield), 20.2 miles, midpoint Glossop (Snake Pass).
Section 3:Saddleworth to Holme, 17.6 miles, midpoint Marsden (Binn Moor).
Section 4:Holme to Low Bradfield, 20 miles, midpoint Langsett.
Section 5:Low Bradfield to Millthorpe (nr Dronfield), 16.4 miles, midpoint Ringinglow.
Section 6:Millthorpe to Winster, 18.6 miles, midpoint Hob’s House (nr Chatsworth House).
Section 7:Winster to Thorpe, 18.7 miles, midpoint Roystone Rocks nr Parwich.
Section 8:Thorpe to Upper Hulme, 16 miles, midpoint Waterfall (nr Waterhouses).
Section 9:Upper Hulme to Bollington, 19.8 miles, midpoint Wildboarclough.
Section 10:Bollington to Buxton, 18.4 miles, midpoint Goyt Valley (Fernilee).
Total Distance = 186.3 miles

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